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Richard Ramírez, The Night Stalker

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Richard Ramírez, whose real name was Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez, is known all over the world as The Night Stalker, and he received 19 death sentences for 13 murders, 5 attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 counts of burglary, all committed between April 10, 1984, and August 24, 1985.

In only a year, Richard Ramírez became California’s worst nightmare, where he had moved after living most of his life in Texas, his native city. Keen on occultism and satanism, Ramirez’s life was always stained by violence and abuse, something that has been linked to his sanguinary tendencies.

Richard Ramírez: A family history

A criminal walking down the street

According to official records, Richard’s father, an alcoholic police officer, was abusive towards him and several other members of his family. Due to the abuse he suffered at home, Richard started smoking weed and drinking alcohol when he was 10 years old.

His relationship with Miguel “Mike” Ramírez, a US veteran, led Richard to learn combat techniques and macabre and graphic details, including photographs of rapes, murders and body dismemberment. In 1973, when Richard was just 13, he witnessed Mike’s wife’s murder, after which he told authorities the event hadn’t moved him in the least.

The murders of Richard Ramirez

Criminal holding a knife

Richard Ramírez’s environment was full of drugs and crime; At 14 he already used LSD and stalked women with members of his family; It was also then that he found he liked sadomasochism, murder, mutilations and sexual violence.

His first steps into a criminal life were thefts and burglary, but his acts worsened until he sexually attacked two children and tried to rape a woman in a hotel’s room. His first murder occurred on April 10, 1984, when he killed a 9-year-old girl in San Francisco. In just a year, Ramírez carried out more than 18 attacks; Sometime later, the Night Stalker told his cellmates that he had killed over 20 people; However, many of his victims managed to survive the attacks, which is what helped track him and finally arrest him.

When was Richard Ramírez identified for the first time?


In one of his last burglaries, Ramírez entered the house of Bill Carns and Inez Erickson, shooting three times at the former and raping Erickson; Before running away, believing he had mortally wounded his victims, Ramírez told Erickson that “The Night Stalker was here.” When Carns recovered from his wounds, he managed to provide a detailed description of Ramírez to authorities.

Police went to the victims’ house to investigate and it was there they obtained more information on Richard Ramírez, the Night Stalker; some important findings they made was the footprint of the aggressor’s shoes as well as his fingerprints, with which they realized this wasn’t Ramírez’s first crime.

The arrest of The Night Stalker

Criminal with handcuffs on

Unaware that the California police was following his steps, Ramírez entered a convenience store in Los Angeles. There, Ramírez saw his own photograph in a publication where he was being labelled a murderer, so he tried to flee. As he did so, he was attacked by a group of men, who called authorities to hand him over.

“Hail satan!” was one of the first things Richard Ramírez said when he entered the Los Angeles courtroom. There, some employees assure they heard a conspiracy plan of Ramírez to kill the prosecutor, which slowed the trial down, as the police had to set up metal detectors in order to prevent the accused from trying anything.

sentence and death


On Septembre 20, 1989, Richard Ramírez was sentenced to death (gas chamber) for 13 murders, 5 attempted murders and other crimes, in what was called the most expensive trial in history, as it costed $1.8 million dollars.

California’s Supreme Court denied all of Ramírez’s requests for an audience, which continued until a few days before his death. Declared a psychopath by psychiatric specialists, Richard Ramírez, the Night Stalker, died on June 7, 2013 from complications derived of a B cell lymphoma he had.

The post Richard Ramírez, The Night Stalker-Crimes of Terror appeared first on Hispanic World.

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