“She’s about to go on the ride of her life . . . it won’t last long!!”
Howard Martin (Robert Gribbin) is a mild-mannered 25-year-old bespectacled introvert who lives at home with his widowed mother (Dorothy Bennett) and drives a truck for a commercial laundry called Baldwin Cleaners.
His sister Judy ran away years ago and broke mama’s heart.
One day Howard spots a hitchhiker, and something snaps in his head.
He thinks she’s Judy and feels compelled to punish her for what she did to mama. So he rapes her, strangles her, leaves her for dead in a field, and retains no memory of his crime.
Madness takes root and grows, the body count rises, and Howard begins to have flashbacks. He seeks refuge at his mother’s breast.
Captain J.W. Shaw (Russell Johnson, known to millions of TV fans as The Professor from Gilligan’s Island) and Lieutenant Davis (Randy Echos) of the Crescent City Police Department begin to investigate. The police are going nuts, they want to catch this killer.
Tragically, they get the break they need to crack the case when Howard loses his temper with an 11-year old runaway called Lisa (Sheryl Lynn) who ends up in a dumpster with a Baldwin Cleaners delivery clutched in her dead hand.
Howard’s fate is a padded cell where he calls pitifully for his mother.
Capt J.W. Shaw
Mary Ellen Christie
Main Title Victim