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Overview (5)

Born in El Paso, Texas, USA
Died in Greenbrae, California, USA  (liver failure)
Birth NameRichard Munoz Ramirez
Nickname The Night Stalker
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Richard Ramirez was a drifter from Texas who ended up in Los Angeles (the serial killer capital of the world) in the early 1980s when 5 serial killers where committing crimes independent of each other.

Ramirez worked as a car mechanic and did odd jobs while in Los Angeles. He was fascinated with "satanism" and would play the rock band AC/DC's song "Night Prowler" on his stereo for hours on end. His first murder occurred in June 1984. His modus operandi was to break into his victim's house late at night through an unlocked window. Then he would threaten them in their beds with either a gun or another weapon. He would either shoot or club his victims to death and then mutilate their bodies. His oldest victim was 84 and his youngest only 6 years. In between his murders he would sometimes just abduct young girls, sexually molest them and then let them go. He began killing again on March 17, 1985. This time one of his victims survived and gave police a description her assailant--tall, Hispanic, curly hair, bulging eyes and wide-spaced, rotting teeth! The police began to check with local dentists because they believed their killer needed to have major dental work done. Most of Ramirez's initial targets were in and around the Montery Park area of Los Angeles. On March 27, 1985, in Whitier he beat a man to death and then carved out his wife's eyes and took them with him. On May 29 he left satanic pentagrams on one victim's body and on the walls. On July 20 he killed a total of 5 victims in 2 different locations. On August 8 authorities released information to the public that they were looking for a new serial killer dubbed "The Night Stalker". Ramirez then left Los Angeles for San Francisco, and the killings soon began there. On August 28 al stolen car from one of the "Night Stalker" murders was recovered near Mission Viejo. Police found fingerprints on the backside of the rear-view mirror. They matched Ramirez's, whose prints were on file because he had previously been arrested for traffic and drug violations. The police believed they had their killer.

They checked at places where Ramirez was known to have worked and found that he closely matched surviving victims' descriptions of the killer. On August 30, 1985 his mugshot made its way to the television and newspapers. On August 31 he was recognized by residents of an East Los Angeles neighborhood as he was walking down a street. They chased him and, though he tried to escape by attempting to steal a car, they caught him. Someone called police, and by the time they arrived the crowd had almost beaten him to death.

On September 29, 1985, he was charged with, among other felonies, 14 murder and 22 sexual assault charges. When Ramirez appeared in court he had a pentagram drawn on his palm that he proudly displayed and proclaimed, "Hail Satan!" Jury selection began on by July 22, and he went on trial. On September 20, 1989, he was found guilty of 13 murders and 30 felonies. He was sentenced to death.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Sujit R. Varma

Spouse (1)

Doreen Lioy (3 October 1996 - 7 June 2013) ( his death)

Trivia (5)

Wife, Doreen Lioy, was his pen pal and started writing letters to Ramirez in 1985.
He married Doreen Lioy, on October 3, 1996 at San Quentin Prison.
Convicted on September 20, 1989 of 13 counts of murder, and 30 related felonies. On November 7, 1989 he was formally sentenced to death.
Died at Marin General Hospital (Greenbrae, CA).
Shared birthday with fellow serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

Personal Quotes (6)

[to reporters after being sentenced to death] Big deal. Death always went with the territory. I'll see you in Disneyland.
We've all got the power in our hands to kill, but most people are afraid to use it. The ones who aren't afraid control life itself.
I've killed 20 people, man. I love all that blood.
[asked by Mike Watkiss if he considered himself evil] We are all evil in some form or another. Are we not? . . . Yes I am evil. Not a hundred percent, but I am evil.
The world has been fed many lies about me. I have read very few truths.
Serial killers do on a small scale what governments do on a large one. They are a product of the times and these are bloodthirsty times. Even psychopaths have emotions if you dig deep enough. Then again maybe they don't.

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