Serial Thriller: The Chameleon is a gripping new TV series most likely based on the case of Stephen Peter Morin and Sarah Pisan. Slated to premiere on Sunday, December 6, at 9/8 central, Serial Thriller: The Chameleon is the second installment in the Serial Thriller franchise. Investigation Discovery (ID) had great success with this year’s premiere of Serial Thriller: Angel Of Decay, which was based on Ted Bundy. As for 34-year-old Stephen Peter Morin, he was put to death back in 1985 for the murder of 21-year-old Carrie Marie Scott. He was also sentenced to death for the murders of 23-year-old Sheila Ann Whalen and 21-year-old Hanna Bruce, according to the New York Times.
Investigation Discovery has been building up the suspense about which serial killer will be featured in Serial Thriller: The Chameleon, leaving viewers scrambling for more information based on the clues that are released in the sneak peak. One big clue was that the serial killer was called “The Chameleon.” Some believe that it could refer to Elaine Parent, who was also known as the “Chameleon Killer.” But, if you watch the trailer closely, it appears that the serial killer is a man who has murdered several women after holding them captive.
To true-crime buffs, Serial Thriller: The Chameleon sounds like the case of Stephen Peter Morin, a handsome serial killer who changed his identities and wore disguises so often that the police dubbed him “The Chameleon.” The true-story that stands out is the case of Sarah Pisan, a 19-year-old woman with three children who had a terrifying experience with Morin back in 1980. According to her, when she moved with her daughters to Las Vegas, she took a job at a shady gas station that was known to have some rough customers.
One of her coworkers was Cheryl “Cheri” Ann Daniel, a young woman with an upbeat personality who thought that she had found love with a man named Andrew. Sarah remembered seeing Andrew when he came to pick Cheri up from work. Things took a turn when Cheri didn’t show up for work one day, leading detectives to question Sarah for more information. The police were particularly interested in Cheri’s boyfriend, Andrew. But Sarah didn’t have much information about him—other than the fact that he gave her the creeps.
Shortly after Cheri’s disappearance, Sarah met a nice man named Robert, a nice looking guy who constantly showed up to the gas station to ask her out. But, when Sarah refused, he turned violent and began stalking her. Around the same time, Sarah was also receiving bizarre phone calls from a man who was threatening to kill her. In one of the calls, she could hear the sound of a woman screaming in the background. Several months later, the body of Cheryl Ann Daniel was found dead in the desert. The poor woman had been brutally raped before she was killed. When they found her body, they also found Sarah’s name and address in a wallet at the crime scene.
Sarah Pisan had no idea why her name was in that wallet. To help police, she reviewed a mugshot book of what she thought was just one man. But upon recognizing Robert Generoso, the man who had been stalking her, detectives informed her that all of the men in the book were photos of the same man, dressed in different disguises. If that fact wasn’t frightening enough, it scared her even more when she saw a photo of Cheryl’s boyfriend, Andrew, who she now realized was Robert Generoso. She’d learn one more disturbing fact. Robert Generoso’s real name was Stephen Peter Morin, a man that police believed was responsible for the murders of several women between Utah and Nevada. They’d been chasing him for years.
Detectives told Sarah that she had to get out of town because Morin was obsessed with finding her. And they were right. Stephen Morin did all he could to find Sarah, even arriving in Texas, where she was staying with relatives. Fortunately, detectives nabbed him just as he was trying to board a bus. In the courtroom, Morin shocked everyone when he confessed to some of the killings.
In the trailer for Serial Thriller: The Chameleon, they show a possible victim who is trying to convince the killer’s girlfriend to turn him in. The woman also traveled cross country with the killer. It’s not talked about much, but in the Stephen Morin story, there was a woman who traveled to different states in a van with Stephen Peter Morin, and even helped him establish different identities. The woman, who some say is named Rita, did eventually call the police. There is also the story of Chris Clarke, who claims he knew Morin as Ray Constantine when he dated his mother, according to the Guardian.
Serial Thriller: The Chameleon might also include Margaret Mayfield Palm’s part in the story. She was also abducted by Stephen Morin while he was on the run but survived. Morin said that she is the reason that he became a Christian in prison, according to the New York Times.
Needless to say, it’s a story that is very complicated and layered with other stories. So, you’ll definitely want to watch ID’s Serial Thriller: The Chameleon to see if it is indeed based on his case. If it isn’t, we gave a shot, didn’t we? After the show, let us know who you came up with. Take a look at a previous Inquisitr article about Serial Thriller: Angel Of Decay.
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