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Stan's New True-Crime Docuseries 'After the Night' Explores the Story Behind an Australian Serial Killer

Known as ‘The Night Caller', Eric Edgar Cooke terrorised Perth in the early 1960s.
By Sarah Ward
November 18, 2020
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Stan's New True-Crime Docuseries 'After the Night' Explores the Story Behind an Australian Serial Killer

Known as ‘The Night Caller', Eric Edgar Cooke terrorised Perth in the early 1960s.
By Sarah Ward
November 18, 2020
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You've listened your way through multiple seasons of Serial. You've tuned your ears to plenty of other similar podcasts, too. And, when you've been sat on your couch, you've watched your way through the seemingly non-stop array of shows about real-life cases as well — whether you're more interested in lurid stories such as Tiger King, or shows with a more personal focus like I'll Be Gone in the Dark.

If all of the above applies to you, you're clearly a fan of true-crime tales. It's a great time to be interested in the subject, because more and more cases gone by keep getting the podcast or small-screen treatment. Dropping on Stan on Sunday, November 29, After the Night is the latest. And, if you feel like you've already seen and heard every story there is — especially regarding US crimes — this one focuses on an Australian serial killer.

Known as 'The Night Caller', Eric Edgar Cooke terrorised Perth in the early 1960s. He's known to have murdered eight people, and he also assaulted and tried to kill many more, but local police took their time in connecting him to his horrendous acts. As created and directed by Perth-born filmmaker Thomas Meadmore (The Spy Who Fell to Earth), After The Night explores the details across a four-part series — spanning Meadmore's own return to Perth and also featuring interviews, including with two men wrongly convicted of Cooke's crimes.

Viewers can expect a true-crime investigation with plenty of twists and turns — which is exactly what the genre always promises, of course. Here, though, you'll also watch your way through a series that ponders not only Cooke's heinous deeds, but the quest for justice they inspired and the impact the whole ordeal has left on the local community.

Check out the trailer below:

After the Night will be available to stream via Stan from Sunday, November 29.

Published on November 18, 2020 by Sarah Ward

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