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The Night Stalker: Satanic Slayer Richard Ramirez Terrorized California (FPD CASE VAULT)

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Jun. 22 2024, Published 1:08 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
Source: Los Angeles Police Department

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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Ramirez was convicted in September 1989 of forty-three charges that included multiple counts of murder, attempted murder, sexual assault and burglary.

He was sentenced to death but died at age 53 in June 2013 from complications related to blood cancer.


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