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Name That Trauma:: Suzie on a Cross-Dressing Killer

October 14th, 2014 by unkle lancifer · 6 Comments

Hello kindertrauma!

Your website is amazing. I can nose around for hours. I’ve got one for you that’s been really bugging me. I saw this on TV in the early to mid ’80s, so I think it was an episode of a TV show or a TV movie (we didn’t have any movie channels). I really just remember the end … it was a male serial killer who dressed as a woman and lured a man back to a room (might have been posing as a prostitute, I can’t remember, and I think it was a hotel room or the man’s apartment). The killer/woman was blonde (aren’t they always??). (S)he brings the man (I think he was a business man) back to the room, then excuses herself to the bathroom, where she proceeds to peel off her disguise. This was the part I remember as really creepy! Off comes the wig, the dress, the make-up…. and there stands a man in a dark shirt and pants, with dark hair and small black eyes (a little reminiscent of Anthony Perkins actually). He then pulls out a long knife, that I remember as almost like an ice pick. The killer finally emerges from the bathroom, and somehow manages to sneak up on the victim and stabs him repeatedly with the knife. The details here are hazy …. but a cop (or team of cops) is chasing the killer, and tracks him down … and I think soon after this encounter in the room the killer is cornered in an alley by the cops and is killed. He may have gotten back in disguise at that point.

I just have no idea what this episode or movie is! No familiar actors, and I can’t picture the cop or detective who was tracking the killer. I’m pretty sure I’d recognize the actor who plays the killer, but from various googling I can’t find it. Any idea?



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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Oct 14, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks Suzie! Of course the first thing that pops into my mind is DRESSED TO KILL but I have a feeling if that was the answer you would have found it by now.

    I’m hoping against hope that the answer is JOHN DAVIDSON in THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO. That doesn’t seem right but it gives me a chance to post this video again from Tomb’s traumafession….

  • 2 TombNo Gravatar // Oct 14, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    AAAAAHH!! John Dabvidson!!! I’m reliving my blog glory like a serial killer at his kill site!!

    The First Deadly Sin with Frank Sinatra was my first guess ..Not a MFTVM …Maybe a Burt Reynolds crime flic!

  • 3 herrsundvall68No Gravatar // Oct 14, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    If you saw the movie in the 1980’s,but the film itself is B&W from the 1960’s-I’d have to say its William Castle’s “Homicide”.The killer in that is blonde with a male persona that perfectly matches your description.He/she kills with a long knife though, not an icepick.

  • 4 herrsundvall68No Gravatar // Oct 14, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Sorry, I meant William Castle’s “Homicidal”.

  • 5 suzieNo Gravatar // Oct 14, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Suzie here — thanks, guys! None of these is what I’m thinking of. Starting to think that my memory has warped whatever it was I saw… or it was just some obscure episode of something. Definitely the scene in the bathroom where the killer peels of the disguise is the part that stands out the most. hmm……..

  • 6 VideomancyNo Gravatar // Oct 16, 2014 at 9:16 am

    A couple more cross-dressing killers that spring to mind are Day of the Nightmare (this is the only clip of it I could find on YouTube, though I watched it on Netflix within the past few months)

    and A Scream in the Streets (more of a Poliziotteschi with a cross-dressing serial rapist)

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