The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez

Richard Ramirez

Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez, known as Richard Ramirez, was an American chronic executioner, attacker, criminal, youngster victimizer, and thief. His exceptionally advertised home attack and murder binge threatened the occupants of the Greater Los Angeles region and later the inhabitants of the San Francisco Bay Area from June 1984 until August 1985. He utilized a wide assortment of weapons, including handguns, a blade, a tire iron, and a sledge. Before his arrest, Ramirez was named the “Valley Intruder” (as his assaults were first grouped in the San Gabriel Valley) and the “Night Stalker” by the news media.

In 1989, Ramirez was sentenced for thirteen tallies of homicide, five endeavored murders, eleven rapes, and fourteen thefts. The appointed authority, who maintained Ramirez’s nineteen death penalties, commented that his deeds displayed “savagery, insensitivity, and violence past any human agreement”. He never communicated any regret for his violations. He kicked the bucket of inconveniences from B-cell lymphoma while anticipating execution on California’s death row.

He was brought into the world in El Paso, Texas, on February 29, 1960, the most youthful of Julián and Mercedes Ramirez’s five youngsters. His dad Julián, a Mexican public and previous Ciudad Juárez cop who later turned into a worker on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway, was inclined to make outbursts that regularly brought about actual maltreatment.

Childhood & Early Life

As a 12-year-old, Richard—or “Richie”, as he was known to his family—was firmly affected by his more seasoned cousin, Miguel (“Mike”) Ramirez, an enriched Green Beret battle veteran who regularly bragged his abhorrent adventures and maltreatments during the Vietnam War and shared photographs of his casualties, including the Vietnamese ladies he had assaulted. In a portion of the photographs, Mike presented with the cut-off top of a lady he had mishandled. Richard, who had started smoking pot at 10 years old, fortified with Mike over joints and violent conflict stories. Mike showed his young cousin a portion of his military abilities, like executing with secrecy. Around this time, Ramirez started to look for an escape from his dad’s vicious temper by resting in a nearby graveyard.

On May 4, 1973, Richard saw his cousin Mike lethally shot his better half, Jessie, in the face during a homegrown dispute. After the shooting, Richard got dismal and removed from his family and companions. Thereafter, Richard moved in with his more established sister, Ruth, and her significant other, Roberto, a fanatical “unwelcome voyeur” who took Richie along on his night-time misuses. Ramirez likewise started utilizing LSD and developed an interest in Satanism. Mike was not seen as liable for Jessie’s homicide because of craziness and was delivered in 1977, following four years of imprisonment at the Texas State Mental Hospital. His impact over Ramirez proceeded.

The juvenile Ramirez started to merge his prospering sexual dreams with viciousness, including constrained servitude and assault. While still in school, he accepted a position at a nearby Holiday Inn, where he utilized his passkey to loot dozing benefactors. His business finished unexpectedly after Ramirez assaulted a lady in her lodging before her significant other got back to discover them.

Ramirez exited Jefferson High School in the 10th grade. At 22 years old, he moved to California, where he settled for all time.

Murder Instances

On April 10, 1984, Ramirez killed 9-year-old Chinese-American, Mei Leung in San Francisco. He assaulted and beat the young lady before draping her body from a line. This current, Ramirez’s initially referred to as executing, was not recognized as being associated with the ensuing series of murders until 2009 when Ramirez’s DNA was coordinated to an example acquired at this crime location. In 2016, authorities uncovered proof of a subsequent suspect, distinguished through a DNA test recovered from the scene, accepted to have been available at Leung’s homicide. Specialists have not freely recognized the suspect, portrayed similar to an adolescent at that point, and have not brought charges because of the absence of proof.

On June 28, 1984, 79-year-old Jennie Vincow was discovered ruthlessly killed in her condo in Glassell Park, Los Angeles. She had been cut over and over while sleeping in her bed, and her throat cut so profoundly that she almost died. Ramirez’s finger impression was found on a cross-section screen he eliminated to obtain entrance through an open window.


On August 30, 1985, Ramirez took a transport to Tucson, Arizona, to visit his sibling, unaware that he had become the lead story in practically every significant paper and TV news program across California. In the wake of neglecting to meet his sibling, he got back to Los Angeles from the get-go the morning of August 31. He strolled past cops marking out the transport terminal to get the executioner should he endeavor to escape on an outbound transport, and into a corner shop in East Los Angeles.

After seeing a gathering of older Mexican ladies frightfully recognizing him as “el bullfighter” (“the executioner”), Ramirez saw his face on the front pages on the paper rack and escaped the store in a frenzy. In the wake of stumbling into the Santa Ana Freeway, he tried to carjack a lady however was run after by observers, who sought after him. After jumping more than a few fences and two more carjackings, he was at last stifled by a gathering of inhabitants, one of whom had struck him over the head with a metal bar in the pursuit. The gathering held Ramirez down and constantly beat him until the police showed up and arrested him.

Romantic Relationship

During the preliminary, Ramirez had fans who were keeping in touch with him through letters and paying him visits. Starting in 1985, Doreen Lioy thought of him almost 75 letters during his detainment. In 1988, Ramirez proposed to Lioy, and on October 3, 1996, they were hitched in California’s San Quentin State Prison. For a long time before Ramirez’s passing, Lioy expressed that she would end it all when he was executed. Notwithstanding, Lioy in the long run left Ramirez in 2009 after DNA affirmed he had assaulted and killed 9-year-old Mei Leung. After his demise in 2013, Ramirez was locked into Christine Lee, a 23-year-old author.

Emotional well-being

Therapist Michael H. Stone portrays Ramirez as a ‘made’ insane person rather than a ‘conceived’ mental case. He says that Ramirez’s schizoid behavioral condition added to his lack of concern for the enduring of his casualties and his credibility. Stone additionally expressed that he was thumped oblivious and nearly passed on numerous events before he was six years of age and thus “later created fleeting projection epilepsy, aggressivity, and hypersexuality.”



Ramirez passed on of confusions auxiliary to B-cell lymphoma at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, California, on June 7, 2013. He had additionally been influenced by “constant substance misuse and ongoing hepatitis C viral contamination”. At 53 years of age, he had been waiting for capital punishment for over 23 years. By certain evaluations, he would have been in his mid-70s before his execution, because of California’s long requests measure.

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