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Ricardo Munoz Ramirez “The Night Stalker”

Ricardo Munoz Ramirez “The Night Stalker”. By: Anna Bowers. Physical Description. Height: 6 ft 1inch Thin Dark, long hair Dark skin Bad teeth Hispanic Brown Eyes. Background. Childhood: Born February 29, 1960 in El Paso, Texas He was the fifth and last child

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Ricardo Munoz Ramirez “The Night Stalker”

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  1. Ricardo Munoz Ramirez“The Night Stalker” By: Anna Bowers

  2. Physical Description • Height: 6 ft 1inch • Thin • Dark, long hair • Dark skin • Bad teeth • Hispanic • Brown Eyes

  3. Background Childhood: • Born February 29, 1960 in El Paso, Texas • He was the fifth and last child - Three boys and two girls - Two brothers, Joseph and Ruben, born with severe birth defects • Diagnosed with epilepsy- could not participate in football • Joseph’s teacher molested both Joseph and Richard • Described by his mother as outgoing and very loving, did well in school • Had two severe head injuries at ages 2 and 5 both left him unconscious (wasn’t treated properly) • Catholic, went to church regularly with mother and sister • Julian Ramirez: Abusive father - Beat Richard and brothers - Took out his anger on himself, beat his own head with a hammer until he bled

  4. Background cont. Adolescence: • Began using Marijuana and sniffing glue during early teenage years • Hanging out with cousin Miguel Ramirez - Soldier in Vietnam, Green Beret - Psychopath: Would tie Vietnamese women to trees, rape and torture them, then kill them by stabbing, decapitation, or shooting - Took pictures of women, showed them to Richard - Sex and violence fused together • People noticed changes in him - Slept in local cemetery - Developed thoughts about killing and raping, and decided to worship Satan • Dropped out of high school, got a job at the Holiday Inn - Had master key to rooms, would sneak in and watch women - Had first attempt at rape, but husband came in and beat the crap out of him - Drug addict • In 1978 at age 18 he left El Paso for Los Angeles, CA - In Los Angeles his killing and raping spree began

  5. Motives • Satan • Believed that Satan set aside a special place for him. • He was better than any other devil worshipper, more important • Believed that Satan asked him to murder and rape • Blood Lust • Obsessed with the adrenaline rush killing gave him; he could never get enough • He had a lust for the excitement murdering gave him

  6. Victims and Patterns • Killed fifteen men and women • He injured and/or raped nine women • He was sporadic in his methods of killing • Used guns, machetes, knives, hammers, a tire iron, blunt objects • Strangled, slit throats, stabbed, shot, or beat his victims to death • He was not able to wait long periods of time between killing, addicted • He would generally kill the men quick and rape the women and then kill them, or rape them and leave them alive • He picked houses randomly, drove through quiet suburban neighborhoods in the middle of the night looking for a house

  7. Evidence • .22 Caliber pistol was used in two murders which occurred 4 days after one another, each was in LA • The same shoe print was found at almost all of the crime scenes • Teenager recognized him and wrote down license plate number, police found the car and located one fingerprint which told them it was Ramirez. • A matching fingerprint was also found on the windowsill of one his victim’s homes • Police located another car he had been driving and found in it, ammunition for a .22 caliber pistol • Ramirez drew the pentagram or the sign of the devil at 2 crime scenes, one on the leg of a woman, and the other on a bedroom wall. During his trial he opened his palm to reveal the same pentagram. • Multiple women, including two victims were able to give a physical description of Ramirez

  8. Bibliography • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiEzER31gtw- A&E Biography • http://crime.about.com/od/serial/p/nightstaker.htm • http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/notorious/ramirez/terror_1.html • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Ramirez

  9. Trial • Began on January 30, 1989 • Ramirez family hired two lawyers that had never before done a death penalty case • During trial he would turn around and laugh or wave at the victim’s families • Went through 55 days of testimony and 165 witness accounts • Found guilty, convicted of 67 felonies, 14 murders, and given 19 life sentences • He was put in San Quentin State Prison on death row where he remains today • In 1996 he married Doreen Lioy, a magazine editor, she has vowed to commit suicide when he is executed.

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