THE 1980s saw Los Angeles terrorized by a serial killer known as the Night Stalker, who was later revealed to be Richard Ramirez.
The serial murderer, serial rapist, and burglar killed 13 people before being caught by a team of diligent detectives, one of whom was Frank Salerno.
Who was ‘Night Stalker’ cop Frank Salerno?
Los Angeles Sheriff’s detective Frank Salerno, alongside Gil Carrillo was the agent responsible for cracking the case and bringing Ramirez to justice.
Salerno in particular coordinated the task force made to find and arrest Ramirez.
“Frank was the guy who put it all together,” Tony Valdez, a KTTV news reporter, told producers in the Netflix docuseries.
The legendary cop started out as a detective supervisor in the L.A. Sheriff’s juvenile and narcotic bureaus.
He then moved to the homicide department, where he worked for more than 17 years.
The Night Stalker case wasn’t the only high-profile case that Salerno worked on in his role in the homicide department.
In 1977, he joined the Hillside Strangler investigation – a gruesome case in which Salerno eventually tracked down Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono Jr. as the culprits.
Salerno earnt the nicknames “Italian Stallion” and the “Cop’s Detective” due to his rigorous investigation techniques.
What happened to ‘Night Stalker’ cop Frank Salerno?
After the Night Stalker case had wrapped up, Salerno handed in his badge, in order to spend more time with his family.
He reportedly set up his own company, called Salerno & Scully Investigations, which offers detective, guard, and armored car services in California.
The talented cop shared his knowledge as a teacher on homicide investigation and officer involved shooting investigation courses for San Jose State University and the California Department of Justice.
The retired Sargent Frank Salerno works as a speaker for the National Homicide Investigators Association, and lectures on serial murder investigations.
When is the Night Stalker documentary on Netflix?
Ramerez terrible crimes are set to be looked at in Netflix documentary called Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer.
It is available to watch now on the streaming site.
Told through harrowing first-person interviews, gripping archival footage and spectacular original photography, this four-part series represents the definitive telling of this iconic L.A. real-life horror story.
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