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"I am beyond good and evil. I will be avenged. Lucifer dwells in us all."
"That's it."

Richard Ramirez was 29 when he spoke those words in a Southern California courtroom in 1989. He'd just been sentenced to death following his conviction for 13 murders, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries.

A serial murderer, a serial rapist, a Satan worshiper, a man who inflicted physical and emotional pain on his victims in myriad ways. Richard Ramirez was all those things, but to Californians terrorized during his violent spree in the spring and summer of 1985, he was simply the "Night Stalker."

The vengeance that Ramirez promised apparently never came to fruition. Neither did the state's plan to execute him.

Instead, on Friday morning, Richard Ramirez died of natural causes at Marin General Hospital north of San Francisco, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Ramirez became the 59th inmate in the state to die in this manner while awaiting execution, not including 22 who committed suicide and six dead of other causes.

He was 53.

Guns, knives, fists and fear

So how did the "Night Stalker" come to be?

Ramirez was born to a large family in El Paso, Texas. He was in his late teens when he landed in Southern California in the 1970s.

Media reports indicated that he had a history of drug use, some arrests on relatively minor charges, and no evident purpose in life over his first few decades.

But some time in the mid-1980s, things turned drastically.

It was then that horrific tales began to surface of a man breaking into homes, mostly in Southern California, in the wee hours of the morning.

On several occasions, a man who happened to be inside was killed quickly. A female might be raped, sometimes more than once. Then the man who'd become known as the "Night Stalker" would ransack the home looking for valuables.

There were gory exceptions to this scenario. Like 30-year-old student Tsai-Lian Yu, found lying bloody on the ground near her running car in Monterey Park, California, according to media reports. There was also the 41-year-old woman bound and raped, as her 12-year-old son was handcuffed and locked in a closet.

While some victims were in their 60s and older, others were in their 20s and 30s. There were reports of pentagrams being scrawled at crime scenes, as well as snippets from heavy metal songs.

The killing weapons varied: guns, knives, fists. All were used with evident malice, and all contributed to the fear and frenzy that gripped the region.

Some victims survived -- in some cases without the assailant's apparent knowledge, in others seemingly spared for whatever reason -- and then talked to police. Yet authorities were still grasping for clues in August 1985, when a manager at a hotel in San Francisco's Tenderloin district recognized descriptions of the suspect as a man who'd stayed at his hotel periodically for a year and a half.

By then, Ramirez had already left the Bay Area for Southern California. He attacked again on August 24 in Los Angeles. After a bus trip to Tucson, Arizona -- where he'd been visiting his brother -- he was finally recognized at a store near a downtown L.A. bus station after his image had been splashed across newspapers.

Ramirez fled. Residents of an east Los Angeles neighborhood, though, spotted him trying to steal two cars, caught and subdued him, then held him down until police arrived.

'It's just pure evil'

After years of delays, Ramirez's case went to trial in 1989. The whole prosecution cost Los Angeles County more than $1.8 million, a record amount that stood until O.J. Simpson's murder trial years later.

As horrific and dramatic as the allegations against him, Ramirez's antics during the proceedings added to the intrigue -- like when he'd draw a pentagram on his hand and yell out, "Hail Satan."

The jury convicted him of 11 murders in Southern California and two others in the San Francisco area.

A death sentence followed. According to the Los Angeles Times, Superior Court Judge Michael Tynan said Ramirez, during his bloody spree, had displayed "cruelty, callousness and viciousness beyond any human understanding."

The rest of his life was spent at the home for many of California's most dangerous felons -- San Quentin State Prison, which sits like a fortress along the bay just north of San Francisco.

Even on Death Row, alongside the likes of Scott Peterson and the Menendez brothers, it hasn't been an entirely lonely existence for Ramirez. One woman who sat through his trial, thinking he was innocent, then wrote him dozens of letters and visited him in prison. It was there, in 1996, that the two married.

"He's kind, he's funny, he's charming," the convicted serial killer's wife, Doreen Ramirez, told CNN one year later. "I think he's a really great person. He's my best friend; he's my buddy."

That's not the impression of millions in Los Angeles County who'd been terrified by him, and especially those who survived his attacks or are related to those killed.

They are people like Peter Zazzara, whose parents were among those slain. He couldn't stomach sitting through Ramirez's trial, and even talking to CNN years later in 2006, he couldn't make sense of what happened.

"It's just evil. It's just pure evil," said Zazzara. "I don't know why somebody would want to do something like that. To take joy in the way it happened."

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Post by Nama on Fri Jun 07, 2013 6:15 pm

Good Riddance!

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Post by samgoodwin on Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:34 pm

I wonder what ever happened to his wife? Can't imagine anyone nutty enough to marry this creep. More on him here...
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Post by raine1953 on Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:18 am

That sure was a frightening time living here in So Cal when he was on the loose. I hope he suffered with that liver failure.
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Post by Wrapitup on Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:17 pm

It sure was!! I lived in the San Fernando Valley..came home from work..my street, Coldwater Canyon, was blocked off...I had to show ID to get home. He allegedly raped an elderly woman in my apt complex. The cops were hiding out in the parking lot..helicopters overhead..we were not allowed in the building until they knew the coast was cleared. I was so freaked out I slept w/a knife until he was caught..will NEVER forget the day he was caught..those peeps down in East LA had a field day w/him.

I find it hard to believe he died of 'natural causes' at 53? I think this speaks Volumes:
Instead, on Friday morning, Richard Ramirez died of natural causes at Marin General Hospital north of San Francisco, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Ramirez became the 59th inmate in the state to die in this manner while awaiting execution, not including 22 who committed suicide and six dead of other causes.
BBMWould love to know the ages of the other 58 inmates to 'die in this manner'?????

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Post by Wrapitup on Sat Jun 08, 2013 11:08 pm

Comments from above video..Unbelievable!!!

daniel a 2 hours ago
RIP Night Stalker :(
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MartinSeptimII 3 hours ago
What if he is Satan? Like Satan himself, just think about some of the things he said
"The World has been fed many lies about me" many see Satan as pure evil, and Satan might think thats not true, just partly which leads to him saying "Yes Im evil, but not 100%"
"I gave up on love and happiness a long time ago" Lucifer used to be an Angel, and then became Satan after he was cast down by God
Notice how he avoided being asked if he worshiped Satan, maybe that's because he is Satan
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isaiahsaurus 4 hours ago
Kills me how these groupies idolize this f**k, like if he met them the same way he met his victims he would spare your life?!? Please!! He slash your f\'ing throat down to the verttabre and ear to ear and think nothing of it!
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Aliyaaah1805 6 hours ago
He's a satanist, and right now it gives me great peace to think he's in immense agony with satan. Hope he has fun burning in hell.
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Aliyaaah1805 6 hours ago
Its truly sick and disturbing how this guy had 'groupies', seriously lost faith in the world. Which sick f**ker would be in love with this guy? Its twisted. I don't say this often but kill yourself if you admire this guy. You sick f**k.
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Billy Boy 6 hours ago
RIP Richard ... no one every really understood your true genius did they?
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ThePTB 7 hours ago
No, no you don't. Your ass would have been asleep and defenseless, like everyone else he attacked.
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theafterhourschannel 8 hours ago
@wigglesize lol first you call him a "looser" and then you build on one of his sentiments...agreeing with him. You're a funny guy.
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Henry Boo 9 hours ago
he was gooooooooooooooorjus
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Amanda Tomlinson 9 hours ago
Just don't get the attraction to this POS, physically or mentally!? It's not like he was "Dexter" out there killing bad guys. He was a Sick,Twisted,Loner,Ugly as Sin (inside and definetly outside),BrainFried, Selfish Loser..who knew right from wrong, and is right now finally paying for the pain & misery he had caused so many people. For all you Night Stalker "Fans", you sicken me, to think that I am raising my children in a world filled with Morons that reproduce. Just as bad as Jodi Arias Fans!
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Bond. James Bond 10 hours ago
RIP Richard Ramirez.
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BullShark411 13 hours ago
If there is a hell, i don't think he'll like it as much as he thought he would.
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Cris Allin 12 hours ago
There being a hell is as likely as him being superman.
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maltbeaver 14 hours ago
Extraordinary how women flock to these psychopaths, apparently they were 'fighting for his affections?!' LOL, i'd say those are the type of 'affections' anyone with an ounce of decency could well do without.
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James Rayburn 15 hours ago
I wish this guy would have come to my house
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richardramirezlove 19 hours ago
R.I.P
I see you in disneyland ♥️
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wigglesize 19 hours ago
"who are you?" the only thing this f\'ing looser could do to answer the question in any kind of creepy obscure way, just ponder for ages then say "I'm just a guy" well f\'ing brilliant, your just heath ledger playing the joker aren't you. and yes we are all evil in some way, it would be a lie to live your life with no evil because that would be to claim everyone else on this planet shares your beliefs and values and their for meaning you will never clash or argue or feel hurt or hurt someone
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PerpetualLifecycle 22 hours ago
RIP
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Redneck3141 22 hours ago
R.I.P
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F1N1SHEDD 1 day ago
RIP
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J Hache 1 day ago
Your lack of intelligence is humorous.
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hollybee43 1 day ago
piece of shit
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hisrds 1 day ago
rest in hell my love
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Carol Ford 1 day ago
no great loss of his dying.
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Morningv0dka 1 day ago
RIP god faint
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ffvsdv 1 day ago
R.I.P Richard Ramirez my idol
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pokermel 1 day ago
...and here I thought you were joking.
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juicyballsok 1 day ago
He's a rotten Pisces
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Flerg3 1 day ago
goodnight sweet prince
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LeavingforVenus Inagettawaycar 1 day ago
Well he worships the devil...today he met his maker. Good riddance you sack of shit.
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LeavingforVenus Inagettawaycar 1 day ago
Sooo because he was smart it's okay for him to rape, torture and kill people??
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Historicalreligious 1 day ago
Rip Richard.

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Post by raine1953 on Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:14 am

Wrap, it always gets to me when I read of a relatively young person dying of 'natural causes'. I think I read he had Hep C (I could be mixing my people up), if he did and passed from liver failure does this constitute natural charges? I really do not know.
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Post by raine1953 on Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:18 am

Also I could not imagine living in the valley then and what happened right in your neighborhood! I was probably 20-25 miles away and I was scared! Everyone was scared during that period of time! I will never forget it.
I too will never forget the day that he was found. I loved those people in East L.A.! I was disappointed that they didn't mess him up worse than they did, but LE had pulled up.
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Post by Wrapitup on Sun Jun 09, 2013 3:41 am

If he died of Hep C, that's not "natural causes"..however, this link says differently..

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YES, that was a VERY scary time for ALL of LA. I was pretty freaked out as it took a long time before the detectives told us what happened...we stood outside of my building for HOURS..none of us knowing what was going on much less that this was tied to Ramirez. OMG, when the detectives told us what happened, we all flipped...and the woman that was raped lived 2 door down from me..she was about 80 or so. A real sweetheart. To this day, I do not know if HE was the one that raped her but would think there would be dna??

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Post by Wrapitup on Sun Jun 09, 2013 3:46 am

samgoodwin wrote:I wonder what ever happened to his wife? Can't imagine anyone nutty enough to marry this creep. More on him here...
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Richard Ramirez, 53, died of liver failure while awaiting execution

I do NOT think 'liver failure' is a natural cause..just saying..

Very interesting article..thanks, Sam!

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Please let me know if you all see the You Tube I posted under:"Warning, Graphic".

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I see the video.

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Post by raine1953 on Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:59 pm

I see the video is there but did not watch it since you said it was very graphic.
I agree about 'natural cause' of death but I guess we are wrong according to that article above that you provided the link to.
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Post by Wrapitup on Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:21 am

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]By DON THOMPSON | Associated Press – 5 hrs ago
Cancer killed Calif. serial killer Richard Ramirez



SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A form of cancer killed the serial killer known as the Night Stalker who terrorized Southern California in the mid-1980s, coroner's officials said Monday.
Richard Ramirez died June 7 at age 53 at a hospital where he had been taken for treatment of liver failure.
He died of complications from B-cell lymphoma, a cancer of thelymphatic system, according to the Marin County coroner's office. It listed other "significant conditions" including chronic substance abuse and hepatitis C, which is often spread by the use of intravenous drugs.
The drug abuse predated Ramirez's time in prison, said Lt. Keith Boyd, assistant chief deputy coroner.

"That's chronic drug use prior to incarceration," he said. "There's nothing to support any kind of drug use while incarcerated."
The drug use was the likely cause of the hepatitis C infection that probably lingered in Ramirez's system for a quarter-century before eventually destroying his liver, Boyd said.
Ramirez's medical records remain confidential even after his death, said Joyce Hayhoe, a spokeswoman for the federal official who controls medical care in California prisons.
Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, could not immediately say if Ramirez had any disciplinary history of using drugs or obtaining contraband in prison. His voluminous file is kept only in hard-copy and would have to be reviewed by hand, she said.
Lt. Sam Robinson, a prison spokesman, said he could not immediately comment.
Ramirez had been on death row at San Quentin State Prison since he was convicted in 1989 of 13 murders in 1984 and 1985. He also was convicted of rape, sodomy, oral copulation, burglary and attempted murder. Executions have been on hold for years, however, because of ongoing legal challenges.
Ramirez was a self-proclaimed Satanist whose trial produced gruesome details about his mutilation of his victims.
He was nicknamed the Night Stalker by the media because residents were warned to lock their doors and windows as the killings peaked during the hot summer of 1985. The killer had been entering homes through unlocked windows and doors. He then killed his victims with a gun or knife, burglarized the homes and sexually assaulted his female victims.
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Post by raine1953 on Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:29 am

I hope he suffered for a long time.
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Amen!!!

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