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  • Richard Ramirez, a.

  • K.

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  • The night stock car sits in court after being sentenced to death.

  • He growls, you.

  • Maggots make me sick.

  • He composes himself and goes on.

  • You don't understand me, You're not expected to, I will be avenged Lucifer dwells in all of us.

  • That's one reason this man was called evil.

  • He was a serial killer that seemed to accept he was evil, perhaps doing the devil's bidding.

  • He also seemed to relish his celebrity status, much like other maniacal serial killers such as Ted Bundy.

  • One of the categories that serial killers sometimes fall into is the missionary type murderers who for some messed up reason think they're doing the work of a higher power.

  • They would usually say they're working for God, cleaning up the streets, getting rid of human garbage et cetera.

  • But Ramirez seemed to think satan had hired him, hired for what you might wonder more of his ranting in court might explain that if not entirely given the magnitude of his madness.

  • He said, I don't believe in the hypocritical moralistic dogmas of this so called society.

  • I need to look beyond this room to see the liars, haters, the killers, the crooks, the paranoid cowards, truly trauma.

  • Toads of the earth.

  • Each one in his own legal profession.

  • If you're wondering what a tree motto is, It's a kind of parasite Ramirez blasted society for what he saw as hypocrisy saying there are those that kill for policy.

  • Clandestinely or openly as do governments of the world, which kill in the name of God or country.

  • Okay.

  • Richard.

  • Some people might have thought back then.

  • Maybe you're right in the governments of the world, in the name of imperialism and economic power have done some rotten things.

  • But how does that excuse what you have done?

  • Namely some of the worst crimes in the history of the U.

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  • Now, let's go back a few years.

  • On june 28th 1984 a 79 year old woman named Jennie vehicle was found dead in her apartment in northeast Los Angeles.

  • Police believe she'd been sleeping when an intruder entered the property and attacked her with a knife.

  • The assault had been so brutal that cops didn't immediately think it was a break in gone wrong.

  • The killer had made a point to be excessive.

  • Ramirez didn't strike again until almost a year later.

  • That was when he shot 22 year old Maria Hernandez.

  • She survived, but her roommate didn't.

  • Less than one hour later, he shot and killed a 30 year old woman.

  • Two murders and one attempted murder in the space of an hour.

  • Even in violent L.

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  • was a big deal.

  • The press reported that some kind of Ghoul was lurking in the night hours describing him as having rotten teeth and bulging eyes.

  • Some called him the valley intruder in the media.

  • A bogeyman.

  • If there ever was one, he was just getting started.

  • 10 days later, he killed a married couple Vincent and Maxine Zara.

  • When police arrived at the scene, they found Maxine's body mutilated with the eyes removed.

  • The same kind of gun in the previous murders had been used but now they had another clue that was a footprint in a flower bed made by a pair of sneakers brand avia.

  • About a month and a half later he killed another couple.

  • Two weeks later he attacked two sisters both in their eighties.

  • He beat them viciously with a hammer and even used an electrical cord to torture one of them.

  • Amazingly they both survived, although one of the women died soon after from injuries.

  • This time the intruder had left another clue.

  • He'd use some lipstick he found in the house to scrawl a satanic pentagram on the bedroom walls.

  • He'd also drawn a pentagram on one of his victims thighs.

  • Just one day later he entered the home of a woman and her 11 year old son.

  • This time he left no dead bodies although while attacking the woman, he shouted at her, don't look at me or I'll cut out your eyes.

  • One time he was trying to strangle the victim using a telephone cord when he thought he saw electrical sparks appear, he later said he left that woman alone after that believing that jesus had made his presence known and acted on her behalf.

  • Did he really believe that we think he probably did with another victim.

  • He had tied up, he demanded to know where all the valuables in the house were.

  • He screamed at her to tell the truth saying swear on satan he did that the same night he killed another elderly woman.

  • Footprints were found on her battered face.

  • They can be traced back to a pair of avia sneakers.

  • Two weeks later, he used a machete and a gun to kill another elderly married couple.

  • Again.

  • He took many valuables from the house.

  • Okay, So what were the police looking at in terms of criminal profiles?

  • This case was a little bit unusual in the sense that the serial killer stole from the victims.

  • Many serial killers have no interest whatsoever in monetary game.

  • The act of killing his psycho sexual, the impetus is gratification not having cash to spend on new things.

  • Then there were the satanic symbols and the talk about satan Ramirez had also signed one of his murder scenes with a Jack the knife perhaps in relation to the infamous Jack the ripper.

  • Like the never caught Jack in London.

  • This killer wanted recognition for his crimes, but in the terminology of the FBI profilers, the killer didn't seem to be organized or at least not very organized organized killers like ted Bundy usually have studied police tactics and go to great pains to avoid arrest.

  • They're often quite bright and can be the guy next door with a good job rather than street hustling heavy drug users like Ramirez.

  • If Ramirez was what criminologists call forensically aware, he sometimes didn't show it.

  • He left footprints behind.

  • when a more astute killer would have known not to do that.

  • He also was seen by some of his victims and he let them live according to the FBI serial killer catching folks named the behavioral sciences unit.

  • Think silence of the lambs.

  • This killer didn't really fit into any kind of category.

  • He was a bit of everything.

  • He obviously got off on having power over victims.

  • He was no doubt a sadist given how he tortured some of them, but he was also a two bit thief on top of that serial killers at least the organized type usually planned their murders sometimes meticulously with this killer.

  • It was as if he was going on some kind of mad rampage.

  • His crimes came one after the other.

  • Another of them involved Ramirez entering a family home.

  • He killed the man immediately and after viciously attacking the woman again, he made her swear on satan as he asked her where all the valuables were kept in this case, he didn't just not attack the child.

  • But he sent him to a neighbor where he said he'd be safe.

  • Police then got a break yet again after another attack they found a footprint and it was almost certainly from a parody avia shoes detectives discovered that this particular style wasn't all that common in the US, which was great for the case.

  • They found out that very few pairs of that style shift in the US were size 11.5.

  • In fact to get that size in L.

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  • Was almost impossible given that only one store in the city had received a pair.

  • They could also link the crimes with ballistic evidence.

  • But there's a good reason the police didn't tell the press or anyone about their leads.

  • The reason of course is if matters of their investigation get out the killer will be tipped off.

  • Goes without saying that most killers follow their crimes on the news.

  • Sure police released sketches of criminals because the public can come forward if they think they know the person but cops also hold a lot back.

  • One reason is not to tip the criminal off and another is so during interrogation the accused might say something only the perpetrator could possibly know in this case.

  • The then mayor of san Francisco, Dianne Feinstein held a press conference and talked about the shoes and the caliber of the gun.

  • Without a doubt.

  • Mayor Feinstein made a big mistake.

  • A detective later said the mistake was about as foolish as the nazis publicly releasing the details of their up and coming blitzkrieg.

  • So what did Ramirez do after watching that on the T.

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  • Of course he got rid of the shoes.

  • Taking them to the Golden Gate bridge and throwing them down into the water.

  • This was a massive setback for the cops.

  • Imagine they'd have arrested Ramirez with a matching gun and a pair of shoes that were pretty much the four leaf clover of footwear Feinstein by the way have been told about the details of the L.

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  • Crimes because of a similar crime in san Francisco, but she wasn't meant to talk about the details in public.

  • She did at least do some things, right.

  • One was stating the obvious.

  • She said this is a very serious situation.

  • The killer goes into a home at night and kills at random somewhere in the Bay Area.

  • Someone is renting a room, an apartment or home to this vicious serial killer.

  • Still, Ramirez was a bit stupid because he didn't throw away the gun like just about every detective thought he would, but a week later he was skulking outside another family home.

  • This time in Orange County, he was chased away.

  • But the man of the house could describe to the cops the car and part of the license number.

  • I had no idea it was the car of the nightstalker.

  • That same night Ramirez entered another house and shot a man in the head.

  • Three times.

  • He tied up the man's wife beating her and telling her to repeat to him that she loved safe.

  • He left her alive and told her to inform police tell them the night stalker was here.

  • The man actually survived after surgery.

  • Police not only found another footprint but despite Ramirez's best efforts to clean his dump stolen car.

  • A fingerprint was taken from the rear view mirror.

  • What Ramirez didn't know is that California had recently acquired a new machine That was a $25 million police could run a fingerprint through that and it would be matched with fingerprints from other crimes.

  • This was pretty high tech back in those days while it said that this solves the case, it isn't strictly true.

  • Police already had a bunch of leads from all the stuff that Ramirez had stolen from his many victims.

  • It fenced them on the streets and some of the items.

  • Police had a trail on the person that had sold them, they were told was named Ricardo or perhaps just Rick cops then released the mug shot of Ramirez that had been taken after he was arrested for stealing a car in 1984.

  • They also issued a statement saying, we know who you are now and soon everyone else will, there will be no place you can hide.

  • They knew they were looking for a 25 year old drifter from Texas with a history of drug use.

  • What they didn't know is that this kid had witnessed a murder when young and on top of other traumas he was a pretty messed up youngster.

  • Not that many people knew Ramirez because he was mostly a loner who moved around taking drugs wherever he could find them alone at home.

  • He watched just about every variety of slasher movie when he wasn't listening to black sabbath a C.

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  • And post sabbath Ozzy Osbourne, we won't criticize his music choices but for Ramirez, listening to dark tunes Was a way to rebel against his violent father and the very religious mother mixing a bit of LSD amphetamines and PCP and Sprinkle on that.

  • The murder he saw and maybe some more violence and as one serial killer author put it.

  • By the time Ramirez was 17 his brain was seriously fried.

  • Ramirez moved on to cocaine through the main line and at times went high he would read the satanic bible and attend satanic rituals.

  • After that he started killing, he was now in hiding although he hadn't checked the news and had no idea, countless people had seen his photograph, his face was plastered over just about every front page newspaper in California.

  • But he didn't know that when he got on a bus heading to see his brother in Arizona, if he'd only gone to a newspaper stand, he would have seen his face staring back at him.

  • This guy was walking around when the vast majority of people wouldn't have minded lynching him, he managed at one point to walk past some cops who were looking for him and then he walked into a convenience store.

  • The thing was a group of elderly women had seen him, they were almost shaking saying to each other a matador, the killer in spanish inside this door.

  • Things had changed for Ramirez, that's because he now saw in front of him newspapers showing his face.

  • He walked back outside where there were more people pointing at him.

  • He made a run for it, sprinting across the freeway and then unsuccessfully trying to steal a car.

  • He ran some more jumping over garden fences and tried again to steal a car.

  • Now helicopters were buzzing overhead.

  • Ramirez managed to get inside one car whose occupant was Angie Della torre.

  • He punched her in the stomach and got hold of the keys but her 57 year old neighbor Jose Burgoyne was soon on the scene.

  • This is what we're going later told the media around a defender and he told me, don't get closer or I'll shoot you, I didn't see a gun.

  • So I opened the door and pulled him out of the car.

  • More people arrived on the scene and it was mayhem.

  • The night stalker was now a daytime brawler and he wasn't so good at it.

  • Dela Torre's husband turned up and he furiously whacked Ramirez over the head with what he described as a barbecue utensil.

  • Ramirez fled again only to be chased down the street that was starting to look like the gauntlet in a version of mexican american gladiators where the weapons of choice were not made out of soft rubber, someone hit Ramirez over the head with a fence post and that was it.

  • He was down the jostling crowd now laid into him and beat him badly.

  • He might have received a public execution there and then had some folks not held back in.

  • The police intervened.

  • Ramirez was later given a date with the gas chamber.

  • As often happens with serial killers.

  • Women sent him fan mail while he was in prison.

  • Even married a woman during his incarceration.

  • The nightstalker never was killed by the state, dying instead from complications due to b cell lymphoma in 2013.

  • He was 53.

  • Now you need to watch how they actually caught Jeffrey Dahmer or see another psycho in how they caught the serial killer Ted Bundy.

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