Richard Ramirez Bio Details
Also known as
Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez
The Night Stalker
Date of birth
El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Date of death:
7 Jun 2013
Place of death
Marin General Hospital, Greenbrae, Marin County, California, USA
Cause of death
During his 2 year rampage, Ramirez raped and tortured more than 25 people, killing at least 14 of them. Some of the attacks displayed a satanic element. He was arrested on 30th August 1985 and charged with 24 murders and 31 other felonies, and was eventually given 19 death sentences. However, he died of cancer while on death row in 2013. After his incarceration DNA evidence linked him with a number of further violent crimes.
The trial of Ramirez was a drawn out affair due to the high number of witnesses and large amounts of evidence. During this time Ramirez developed a cult following, mostly due to the satanic elements of his crimes. A further delay was caused when one of the jurors was murdered. Although there was speculation that the killing had been orchestrated by Ramirez, this proved to be unfounded.
A heavy influence on a young Ramirez was his cousin Miguel (AKA Mike) who returned from fighting in Vietnam when Richard was 12. Miguel showed him polaroids of his victims, including Vietnamese women he had raped, and several of him posing with the severed head of a woman. Within a year of his return Miguel shot and killed his wife in front of young Richard. Shortly after this Richard went to live with his brother who was an obsessive peeping tom, who took Richard with him on his exploits.
American serial killer known as 'The Night Stalker'
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Richard Ramirez's former wife is Doreen Ramirez
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Richard Ramirez's former sister in law is Denise Lioy Wilcox