'Night Stalker' Richard Ramirez, Who Terrorized L.A. in 1985, is Dead

Comments (0)


Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 10:57 AM

click to enlarge richard_ramirez_wiki.JPG
Richard Ramirez, the "Night Stalker" who terrorized Southern California in the summer of 1985 with a series of random and horrific home-invasion murders, has died, according to reports.

KRON television in the Bay Area reports that the 53-year-old died of natural causes at San Quentin, where he awaited his fate on Death Row.

Ramirez was convicted of 13 murders for that summer spree that had Angelenos locking up their doors and windows even on the hottest of nights.

His M.O. was to creep around random neighborhoods, enter through unlocked windows, rape, slash and shoot.

Ramirez was one of the scariest serial killers of our time because no one knew where he'd strike next. There was for a moment a notion that he targeted yellow houses, but even that pattern was disproved.

Adding to the terror was his belief in Satan and love of hard rock music.

Ramirez was captured that summer by an angry mob in East Los Angeles after someone recognized him: His photo was plastered in that morning's newspapers and even as he rode a bus through downtown and the Eastside there was nowhere to hide.

The murderer was convicted in 1989, and the California Supreme Court upheld his death sentence.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow LA Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.

Related Content

Now Trending

  • L.A. Porn Production Shuts Down Over HIV Report

    The adult video industry's trade group today called for a moratorium on production after a performer might have tested positive for HIV. The Los Angeles-based Free Speech Coalition said in a statement that one of the facilities used by porn stars under the industry's voluntary, twice-a-month STD testing protocol "reported...
  • Venice Boardwalk Beat-Down Caught on Video

    A brutal beating next to the Venice boardwalk this week was captured on video (on the next page). Los Angeles Police Department detectives are asking for your help in tracking down not only the suspect, but the victim, who "we haven't been able to locate," Officer Nuria Venegas told us...
  • Woman Fatally Struck by Vehicle at Burning Man

    A woman was fatally struck by a vehicle at Burning Man today, organizers said. The Pershing County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada identified the deceased as 29-year-old Alicia Louise Cipicchio of Jackson, Wyoming. Burning Man spokesman Jim Graham said she fell under a bus or "large vehicle" that was carrying participants early today. See...
Los Angeles Concert Tickets