- NAME: Richard Ramirez
- OCCUPATION: Serial Killer
- BIRTH DATE: February 28, 1960
- DEATH DATE: June 07, 2013
- PLACE OF BIRTH: El Paso, Texas
- PLACE OF DEATH: Greenbrae, California
- Originally: Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez
- Nickname: "Night Stalker"
- AKA: Richard Ramirez
- AKA: Ricardo Ramírez
- Nickname: "Valley Intruder"
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Dubbed the "Night Stalker," Richard Ramirez was an American serial killer who broke into Californian homes, raping and torturing more than 25 victims, and killing at least 13, over a two-year rampage.
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Born in El Paso, Texas, on February 28, 1960, Richard Ramirez was an American serial killer who, over a two-year rampage, raped and tortured more than 25 victims, and murdered more than a dozen—most of them in their own homes. Dubbed the "Night Stalker," Ramirez was turned on to Satanic worship at an early age by his cousin, a solider who had recently returned from the war in Vietnam. Following a four-year trial, in 1989,
"No big deal. Death always comes with the territory. I'll see you in Disneyland."
Ramirez was convicted of 13 killings. He received the death penalty and was sent to San Quentin Prison in California. He died on June 7, 2013, at age 53.
Richard Ramirez was born Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez on February 28, 1960, in El Paso, Texas, the youngest of seven children born to Mercedes and Julian Ramírez, a Mexican-American railway worker. Known as Richard or Ricky, Ramirez had a troubled childhood and was heavily influenced by an older cousin, a Green Beret named Mike who had recently returned from fighting in the Vietnam War. Mike told Ramirez fascinating stories about the torture and mutilation he had inflicted on several Vietnamese women, corroborating these stories with horrific Polaroid pictures.
The two also discussed Satanic worship and smoked marijuana together, and Ramirez's teenage rebellion led to petty crime to fuel his drug habit, which further alienated him from his Catholic parents. As a result, he spent even more time with his cousin. When Mike murdered his wife, Ramirez was present, sowing the final developmental seeds for the future serial killer.
Ramirez's criminal record began in 1977, when he was placed in juvenile detention for a string of petty crimes. He also received a probationary sentence in 1982 for marijuana possession. He soon moved to San Francisco, California, and then to Los Angeles, progressing to cocaine addiction and burglary, and cultivating an interest in weapons and Satanism. A car theft charge in 1983 led to a jail sentence. The following year, Ramirez was released from jail a conscienceless, Satanic criminal with poor hygiene, rotten teeth and no prospects.
Theft turned to violence in 1984. Ramirez's first known murder took place on June 28, 1984; his victim was 79-year-old Jennie Vincow, who was viciously sexually assaulted, stabbed and murdered during a burglary in her own home. What followed was a spree of brutal murders, rapes and robberies, leaving more than 25 victims in its wake.
Ramirez's second known killing occurred nearly nine months after his first. On March 17, 1985, he attacked Angela Barrios, who managed to escape him, and then killed her flatmate, Dayle Okazaki. Not satisfied with these assaults, he also shot and killed Tsai Lian Yu the same evening, spurring a media frenzy that saw Ramirez dubbed the "Valley Intruder" by the press.
Just 10 days later, on March 27, Ramirez murdered 64-year-old Vincent Zazzara and Zazzara's 44-year-old wife, Maxine, using an attack style that would become a pattern for the killer: The husband was shot first, then the wife was brutally assaulted and stabbed to death.
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