This cinematic approach to the maniac who murdered 13 women in the Boston area between 1962 and 1964 was anything but lurid. The producers and director Fleischer took the clinical way of looking at these mass killings, which was probably best; it was the only way rational viewers could
accept such real-life horror. The film opens with several killings, all seemingly related, of elderly women. Fonda, a criminologist from the academy, is asked to head the investigative task force searching for the killer and he reluctantly accepts, later stating that the murders fascinate him. His
work and that of his aides is painfully precise, even tedious, as they follow up every ...