If you have even a little bit of insight into the world of deviance and psychopathology, you’d have an idea about Richard Ramirez – the Night Stalker – the most vicious serial killer of the 80s (other than Bonnie & Clyde) who terrorized the Los Angeles’ streets.
With “Night Stalker: Searching for a Serial Killer”, Netflix has come up with a docuseries about the psychopath. In this docuseries, the makers have tried to delve straight into the complexities of the case and how the investigators captured the killer who was tyrannizing the streets of Los Angeles for over a year.
In the series, Ramirez is introduced as the “walk-in-killer” as he had a pattern of invading homes of the residents and sexually assaulting and brutally murdering them. He continued to torment the residents from June 1984 till August 1985 with the assistance of several weapons. He famously left satanic symbols behind as evidence and warning.
After several attempts, the police managed to find his fingerprints on a stolen vehicle after which they also release his mug shot to the general public. This helped them tremendously because the public took matters in their own hands and reprimanded him before the police by beating him after getting accidentally caught.
He was convicted on the 20th of September in 1989 and was charged for 13 murders and 5 attempted murders. In addition, he was also charged for 14 burglaries and 11 sexual assaults. Now it must be understood that these are only the charges that could be proved. He was sentenced to a lifetime in prison but eventually died in 2013 due to cancer after 23 years on death row.
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Everybody knows that he was insane as his crimes were vicious and disgusting but the series actually dives deep into how gory and twisted his murders were. After giving it a thorough study, experts discovered a pattern: He would always murder men and sexually abuse women in the most heinous manner. And the most disturbing aspect of the crime was that he would experience real joy in seeing fear in the eyes of his victims.
For example, he had knocked on the car of Maria Hernandez just to see horror shoot through her eyes right before the tragedy. Similarly, he had yanked Tsai-Lian “Veronica” Yu from her car instead of shooting her right through the windshield which he easily could.
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In Maxine Zazzara’s case, he took out her eyes and went away, keeping them as souvenirs. After this killing, the investigator gave him the title of the “enraged killer”. Some of his victims had their throats stabbed and slashed and some were beaten to death using things like a hammer.
One of the detectives on the case revealed that after committing such a horrifying and inhumane feat, Ramirez would like to get comfortable and enjoy a snack. This shows how sick his mentality was. And he wouldn’t go out to a café to have a latte as a way to celebrate and relax. In fact, he would eat everything that would be available at his victim’s house.
For example, in San Francisco, he murdered an accountant called Peter Pan, after which he raped Barbara, his wife. Afterwards, he ate all that was available in their fridge until he was sick. He later threw up on the kitchen floor and then masturbated in the living room. Before leaving, he drew satanic symbols on the wall.
For the first few months, investigators couldn’t figure out the meaning behind these satanic drawings on the wall. It wasn’t until they found a connection between one of his drawings with Satanic worship. Some even claimed that he was copying Charles Manson. After some time, he started leaving pentagrams behinds and forced his victims to swear to Satan. And here’s the disturbing fact: he said “Hail Satan” in one of his court appearances after pleading not guilty.
There were several times when the investigator was close to catching him. There was one time when he attempted to kidnap a victim but failed as he was caught violating traffic rules and the police witnessed it. When he was pulled over, he heard his kidnapping attempt’s broadcast after which he drew a pentagram on the stolen car and drove away fast.
Here’s a little known fact – he had a terrible breath and bad teeth. And you know what? In one of the stolen cars, police found his card for the dentist’s office. This was another chance but the police missed it again due to poor timings and lack of communication.
Like mentioned above, Ramirez killed Peter Pan in San Francisco and the evidence was shown to the then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein. This became the tipping point of the entire investigation. After this, she held a conference in which she not only described his appearance and the evidence collected by the investigator; she also showed his sketch.
This information was critical as the general public wasn’t aware. And the detectives knew that Ramirez followed the new because he once told one of the surviving victims that he is the night stalker. This was considered a terrible mistake because he became careful and the police were never able to find his footprints after that public conference.
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