Identify, Locate, Exterminate
The world is full of monsters, at least, according to the classic TV series Kolchak: the Night Stalker. If we ordinary humans are to survive, we need information, the who, what, where and how of monster-hunting. And who better to instruct the amateur creature-catcher than Carl Kolchak, seeker of fiends, hunter of ghouls, destroyer of evil? Here is a guide to the menaces faced by our intrepid reporter in the hope that it will aid you in in the fight against the monsters of our world. So, sharpen those stakes and explore the supernatural battlefield of The Night Stalker.
WHO IS JACK THE RIPPER?
NIGHT STALKER GLITCHES
WHO IS IT? Janos Skorzeny
WHAT IS IT? A vampire
WHERE IS IT FOUND? Las Vegas
WHAT DOES IT DO? Drains blood
HOW DO YOU STOP IT? Drive a wooden stake through his heart
It's the most famous unsolved crime spree of all time and one of Carl Kolchak's first recorded adventures. But just who was Jack the Ripper?
Historically, little is known about the celebrated serial killer, except that in 1888, he knifed and mutilated five or more women in the Whitechapel District of London. He was never caught or even identified, although theories abound, along with a steady stream of new revelations, secret diaries, and suppressed files continually surfacing. Still, the truth remains unproven.
Perhaps the question for Ripperologists should be, "What was Jack the Ripper?" Night Stalker viewers know the truth about the elusive killer, but not the whole truth. Although Carl discovered that the Chicago ripper was responsible for a chain of serial murders covering a hundred years, his name and origin remain a mystery. He appears to be an ordinary man, but appearances are deceiving. Not only is he uncommonly strong, but he can also leap over parked cars and shrug off bullets. Seemingly unkillable, the villain is impervious to blows, falls, strangulation, and old age. The only thing that can stop him is electricity. In short, this is not your average mass-murderer.
If we want to know more about Saucy Jack, we must look further afield, to another classic TV series, the original Star Trek. In the episode enitled Wolf in the Fold, the Enterprise crew becomes entangled in a series of knife murders on a distant planet, committed by an unknown assailant. Like Kolchak, Mr. Spock does the research and comes to a similar conclusion: that a series of unsolved murders through the ages were in fact all perpetrated by the same person, the man called Jack the Ripper. But Capt. Kirk and crew discover an interesting twist, namely that an incorporeal alien which feeds on fear is able to possess physical bodies, living or dead, and use them to commit murders; its sole purpose is to generate terror and thereby nourish itself.
Carl stopped the Ripper in the 20th century by electrocution, which utterly destroyed the body, leaving nothing but a shoe. In some way, the alien was forced out by the shock, leaving the hundred-year-old corpse to disintegrate into dust. Unknown to the reporter, however, the alien entity survived, moving on to possess other bodies and perpetrate other crimes. Centuries in the future, it vacated Earth, leaving a bloody trail to the planet Argelius and its current body, Commissioner Hengist. Kirk and Spock deduced that the alien would be harmless if it inhabited a sufficiently tranquilized body, and thus subdued it long enough to beam it into space as a cloud of dispersed atoms.
So the centuries-long menace of Jack the Ripper was ended. Unless the alien, about which so little is known, might eventually be able to re-form its scattered molecules. Perhaps someday the Ripper will return for some tireless though unappreciated reporter of the future to investigate and defeat for the sake of mankind.
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