The Night Stalker: How Satanic Slayer Richard Ramirez Terrorized City of Angels (FPD CASE VAULT)

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Jul. 7 2023, Published 12:08 p.m. ET

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Devil worshipping drifter Richard Ramirez spread terror throughout southern California in the summer of 1985 with a savage rampage of rape, murder and mutilation.

Entering homes through unlocked doors and windows, the fiend, dubbed the Night Stalker, used a gun or knife to take out any guy he encountered during his raids.

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The Night Stalker Richard Ramirez Terrorized the City of Angels
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A mugshot of the "Night Stalker" serial killer, who perpetrated a series of brutal murders in the Los Angeles area in 1984 and 1985.

He would rape the women and ransack the houses for valuables. And chillingly, Ramirez would leave pentagrams inspired by his Satanic beliefs carved into his victims' flesh or painted with blood on their walls.

At least 13 died, and more than two dozen were sexually assaulted and tortured during his reign of terror that unraveled after a victim survived a vicious attack and gave a description of the brute and his car.


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The Night Stalker Richard Ramirez Terrorized the City of Angels
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Richard Ramirez, also known as the "Night Stalker" serial killer, responds to reporters after hearing the verdict in his trial, Sept. 20, 1989.

On Sept. 20, 1989, Ramirez was convicted for 13 murders and 30 other felonies. He was sentenced to death in the gas chamber.

After the sentence, the unremorseful murderer said: "No big deal. Death always comes with the territory."

Due to legal challenges, the execution was never carried out. Ramirez sat on San Quentin's Death Row until he died from blood cancer on June 7, 2013, at age 53.


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