Netflix’s true-crime docuseries Evening Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer takes on some of the infamous criminals of all time. You’ve got probably heard of the titular assassin, whose lethal story has impressed a handful of initiatives, akin to American Horror Story: 1984. All through the mid-Eighties, Richard Ramirez wreaked havoc throughout California, coming into unlocked houses and attacking folks in the course of the night time. When his homicide spree got here to an finish, Ramirez killed at the least 14 folks, incomes the “Evening Stalker” nickname for his ugly crimes. Whereas he handed away in 2013, his assaults go away behind a chilling legacy.
Ramirez was born in El Paso, TX, on Feb. 29, 1960. Rising up, Ramirez was close with his cousin Miguel, a veteran who bragged about raping and killing girls whereas serving in Vietnam. In reality, Miguel shot and killed his personal spouse in entrance of Ramirez. Early in his life, Ramirez additionally participated in occult rituals, which included consuming animal blood. In his teenagers, he left for Southern California, the place he would perform most of his heinous crimes in the course of the spring and summer time of 1985. Earlier than he was linked to his lethal assaults, he had additionally been arrested for crimes akin to car theft, which finally helped police discover a mugshot of him after they matched his prints.
As mentioned within the miniseries, one of many issues that threw investigators off was that the Evening Stalker did not present a constant sample in his victims and assaults. A self-proclaimed Satanist, Ramirez preyed on folks of all ages and races. He would use knives, guns, fists, and more as weapons to brutally mutilate his victims. His crimes have been as diversified as properly: his assaults included not solely murders, but in addition rapes and burglaries. Ramirez did, nevertheless, sneak into folks’s houses largely by means of the identical manner, utilizing unlocked windows and doors to get inside earlier than daybreak. Sometimes, the Evening Stalker additionally left inverted pentagram symbols at crime scenes. Whereas it took time to trace him down, those that survived his crimes may establish him by his lanky construct, lengthy hair, broken enamel, and powerful odor.
Ramirez dedicated most of his identified crimes in Los Angeles, but in addition attacked folks in San Francisco. His reign of terror ended quickly after the police announced his identity to the public during a press convention and the media printed his face in every single place. On Aug. 31, 1985, locals in east Los Angeles noticed him when he boarded a bus. Earlier than the police arrived, Ramirez attempted to steal two cars, however an indignant mob discovered and subdued him earlier than he was arrested. By the top of his trial in 1989, Ramirez was discovered responsible of 13 deaths. Sentenced to demise, he acquired 43 charges in total, together with these for homicide, tried homicide, sexual assault, and housebreaking.
In 1996, Ramirez married Doreen Lioy, a contract journal editor who had been corresponding with him by means of the mail. In 2009, investigators discovered DNA proof that linked him to the 1984 rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl named Mei Leung. Whereas on death row at San Quentin State Prison, he died of most cancers in 2013 at age 53.