Kolchak: The Night Stalker: The Vampire (1974)

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Venturing to L.A. to write a story on transcendental meditation, reporter Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) becomes involved in the investigation of a series of murders in which the victims have been drained of blood. The police suspect a coven of warlocks; Kolchak suspects something more sinister when the trail of strange deaths leads back to Las Vegas. This is the only episode in the series connected to the films that spawned it, although no direct reference to the longer efforts is made. The monster is the same as in The Night Stalker and the mentioning of Las Vegas, the setting for the first film, suggests the vampire was once the victim of Janos Skorzeny (Barry Atwater), who converted Kolchak to a belief in the supernatural. William Daniels, from St. Elsewhere, appears as an impatient police lieutenant. The third episode in the series, "The Vampire" originally aired October 4, 1974, on ABC.