Catching Killers Season 2 Episode 2 Ending Explained
Catching Killers Season 2 Episode 2 Ending Explained (via Netflix)

Catching Killers Season 2 Episode 2 Ending Explained: Who are the Pheonix Serial Shooters?

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Last Updated on February 10, 2022 by Joydeep Ghosh

Netflix returned with the true-crime series ‘Catching Killers Season 2‘ on February 9, 2022. It has four episodes featuring four new gruesome cases and catching Killers like the previous season. The Catching Killers Season 2 Episode 2 revolved around the notorious Pheonix Serial killers and the detectives pinned them down. Here is all that you need to know.

Catching Killers Season 2 Episode 2 Ending Explained: Who are the Pheonix Serial Shooters? and Who arrested them? 

Catching Killers Season 2 Episode 2 titled “Thrill Kill” were released on February 9, 2022, and it features the story of the notorious Pheonix Serial Killers. 

One day Detective Clark Schwartzkopf received a call in the Pheonix police department about multiple cases of shooting happening on the streets of Pheonix. 

All the shootings were through Shotgun, and all of the people were killed randomly in the streets of Pheonix. 

There was not much information about the shootings, but they had multiple cases reported in the last month and were informed about such mass shootings out in the streets of Pheonix.

So far, there have been four shootings, and all have been nighttime shootings, so Police first assumed maybe there were certain groups of people gunning down some groups of people in the streets of Pheonix, and how many more can they target now? Their primary concern was minimizing such killings and getting a hold of those criminals once it for all.  

Assistant Chief Kevin Robinson was also put in the case as he was the assistant police chief of the investigation Pheonix police department in 2006. 

Chief Kevin trusted Clark’s view as Clark had assumed all the four killings are associated with one another, and the same guy has done all.

On July 8, 2006, Clark received another phone call at 1 am where he received a message where two more random shotgun shootings had taken place, and this time a woman named Ashley had been targeted. 

But luckily, Ashley survived in the hospital with timely aid. When Detective Clark reached out to Ashley and asked her some questions, she said she had some argument with her husband, left the car, and started walking alone in the street. 

Some guy with a 2000 Toyota Cannery sneaked her from behind and shot her in the head, because of which she immediately fell to the ground. But she checked the vehicle colour and the model, which helped the detectives. 

There have been 13 killings so far in Pheonix, and all have been shotgun killings, and everyone was scared no one wanted to go out on the street alone; who knows who will be targeted next. 

Then a Saturday again, Detective Clark got a call from his police department where they had decided to develop a task force to take down the serial killer. 

Then in the task force briefing, Detective Clark had explained how the random shootings are being taken place, and all who survived has mentioned a 2000 Toyota Cannery. 

So it was doubtful that all the shootings that have been taken place are not associated with one particular perpetrator. Secondly, Clark went on a solo drive to understand how these killers identify their next target. 

Detective Clark has cleverly placed that these types of work cannot be a one-person job, the reason being there are hundreds of people in the streets if any one of them is getting hit by a shotgun, someone or the other can be a witness of the killings.

So this ought to be a two-person job where one man is making the killing, and the other one is looking whether there is anyone nearby who can witness this killing and based on that, they are carefully selecting their targets. 

Catching Killers Season 2 Episode 2
Catching Killers Season 2 Episode 2-Detective: Clark Schwartzkopf (Via Netflix)

How did Police catch the Pheonix Serial Killers? 

One day Police gets a call from Ron Horton and call Detective Clark that one of his friends, named Samuel Dieteman, may be the killer the Police are trying to catch. 

Detective Clark then meets Ron at a Mexican restaurant called Taste of Mexico, and both discuss how Ron came to know that Dietman is the killer? 

Ron said earlier he heard Ron saying that he might have killed one woman in the street. It was also revealed that the Killers are doing this for fun; they don’t have any personal grudges with anyone.

This was recreational violence, meaning they enjoyed shooting and killing people for its thrill. 

Detective Clark also asked Ron whether he had any phone number or address of Dieteman? But to that, Ron says he doesn’t know where Dieteman stays but can indeed find something as they were planning to meet next week. 

Detective Darren Udd also joined the case to help Detective Clark Schwartzkopf. Just two nights after that, Clark again receives a call; this time female has been shot dead in the streets of Pheonix. 

Luckily Ron, this time, managed to help Detective Clark as he said he would be meeting with Dietman soon, where they would have a couple of beers. After hearing this, Clark developed a whole surveillance unit to monitor everything Dietman does on that day. 

Sergeant Don Sherrard, Drug Investigation Bureau, was also called to help with the surveillance. As the surveillance started, one of the detectives recognized Sam Dietman got out of the White Toyota Cannery and went inside the bar, and the car left. 

So detectives decided to separate the surveillance unit into two. Four of them kept an eye on Dietman, and four followed the car. 

Detectives managed to attach the tracking device to the car. And as the suspect got out of the car, he went inside the bar where Dietman was. 

As the detective had taken a note of the license plate, it was revealed that the other suspect was Dale Hausner. Police kept an eye on both the suspects, and they had assumed this was the night when they would pick their next target. 

Luckily, the Police kept following them throughout the night that day, which was why they probably couldn’t pick their next victim. 

Dale Hausner and Samuel Dieteman went into their apartment at the end of the night, and they didn’t come back after that. 

The next day Dietman comes out of the building to throw away a trash bag. The Surveillance team, who were monitoring them, quickly picked up the trash bag and sent it back to the Forensic team. 

When the forensic team opened up the trash bag, they first found out Robin Blasnek’s name of the people who were one of the first victims of the Pheonix Serial Shootings, and along with that, they had a map of Pheonix like where all the shootings had taken place. 

Police were now sure that they had got their man. All they now need is conclusive evidence to prove their crime and catch them red-handed.

The Department Cheif decided to arrest Dale Hausner and Samuel Dieteman. Although Clark was not completely onboarded on that decision, he had no other option but to follow the chain of commands. 

Catching Killers Season 2 Episode 2 Ending Explained
Catching Killers Season 2 Episode 2 Ending Explained-Sergeant Don Sherrard (Via Netflix)

Who are the Pheonix Serial Shooters? 

The Pheonix Serial shooters were Dale Hausner and Samuel Dieteman. After arresting Dale Hausner and Samuel Dieteman, both were taken in custody, and Detective Clark asked them questions. In the interrogation, Sam revealed that Dale was the killer and he was also a part of his act. 

Sam also admitted his responsibility in some of the shootings, and based on that, Detective Clark and Darren convicted them. Sam was convicted of two murders and were sentenced to life imprisonment and on the other hand, Dale Hausner was convicted of six murders and took his life on death row.  

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