- 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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In this case, Ramirez also gouged out Maxine Zazzara's eyes.
A full-scale police operation yielded no concrete results, and Ramirez repeated his attack pattern on pensioners William and Lillie Doi in April 1985. Over the next two months, his murder rate escalated rapidly, claiming another dozen victims in a frenzy of burglary, assault and brutal violence—complete with Satanic rituals—and driving Los Angeles into a panic. After the press demanded that the police do more to catch the killer,
a dedicated task force comprised of hundreds of law-enforcement officers was established, and the FBI stepped in to assist.
This relentless media and police pressure, aided with photo-fit descriptions from his surviving victims, forced Ramirez to leave the L.A. area that August. He moved north to San Francisco, taking his first victims there, Peter and Barbara Pan, on August 17. His unmistakable MO, complete with Satanic symbolism, meant that his "Valley Intruder" moniker was no longer applicable, so the press quickly coined a new moniker for the criminal: the "Night Stalker," as most of his assaults took place at night in his victims' homes. Thereafter, each new attack by Ramirez received exhaustive press coverage.
Ramirez's next—and final—attack, on August 24, 1985, led to the identification of his stolen car by the victim four days later. After a televised appeal, the car was found, complete with his fingerprints inside, and his criminal record enabled the police to finally put a name to the "Night Stalker." National television and print media coverage, featuring his prison photo, along with a series of clues from witnesses and survivors, led to Ramirez's capture the very next day, after he was badly beaten by East L.A. residents while attempting a carjacking and police were called to the scene.
Ramirez claimed that he has been mistakenly identified and did everything possible to delay the onset of the trial, which saw him charged with 14 murders and 31 other felonies in connection to his killing spree. Because he changed his legal counsel a number of times, and the geographical spread of his attacks also complicated the scope of the trial with jurisdictional issues, some of the charges against Ramirez were dropped in order to expedite what was becoming a long journey to justice.
Almost three years after his apprehension, on 22 July 1988, the jury selection process began. The case took a full year to hear, given the number of witnesses and sheer amount of evidence. During this time, Ramirez attracted a large, cult-like following—many of whom were black-clad Satan worshippers—who appeared daily at his trial. One of his supporters was Doreen Lioy, whom he married while serving time in prison. Further unsettling the jury was Ramirez's own nonchalant behavior.
Yet another delay occurred when one juror was found murdered on August 14, 1989, but rumors that Ramirez had orchestrated her death proved unfounded. On September 20, 1989, the jury finally returned a unanimous guilty verdict on 43 charges, including 13 counts of murder, five counts of attempted murder, 11 sexual assault charges and 14 burglary charges.
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