Netflix subscribers have accused new true crime documentary Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer of being "too graphic".

The gripping new series, which dropped on the streaming service on January 13, details the horrific crimes carried out by a serial killer in California.

Viewers settling down to watch the four-part series reached for the remote to switch off the show after it had "gone too far".

The documentary tells the story of Richard Ramirez, a serial killer and rapist who was imprisoned for crimes he committed in the 1980s.

However, fans were left feeling uneasy by the disturbing crime scene images as well as CGI recreations of Ramirez’s murders, which included “slow-mo blood spatter shots".

Disturbed by what they had seen, fans logged onto social media to share the reaction to the show.

One viewer said: 'I hope the makers of the Night Stalker documentary got permission from the victims' families to have such lingering shots of graphic crime scenes."

Another added: "Watching the new Netflix Night Stalker series. No need for them to include the victim crime scene photos, and slo-mo blood splatter shots, it's not necessary."

A third viewer moaned: "Can usually handle a true crime doc but legs are like jelly 20 mins into this Night Stalker. Very graphic."

The synopsis for Night Stalker reads: "In the sweltering summer of 1985, a record-breaking heatwave hit Los Angeles, along with a series of murders and sexual assaults that at first seemed disconnected.

"The victims were men, women, and children. They ranged in age from six to 82. They came from different neighbourhoods, racial backgrounds and socioeconomic levels.

"Never before in criminal history had a single killer been responsible for such a grisly array of crimes."

It continued: "Racing against the clock to stop this nocturnal monster were a young detective named Gil Carrillo from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the legendary homicide investigator Frank Salerno.

"As they worked tirelessly to solve the case, the media hounded their tracks, and panic gripped California."

Ramirez killed 13 people over the course of 14 months before his arrest in August 1985.

He also attempted to murder five more while raping, assaulting and burgling countless others.

He was eventually captured after 13-year-old schoolboy James Romero alerted his parents to an intruder outside their house.

Night Stalker: The Hunt For A Serial Killer is available to stream on Netflix now

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