Cognitive Science 198
March 7, 2017
The Night Stalker
Richard Ramirez was a California-based serial killer who operated from 1984 to 1985. He was born in El Paso, Texas, but eventually moved out to California. He was known as the “Night Stalker” because he would break into homes at night, raping and killing his victims. Ramirez got his start early, as he (unsurprisingly) had a rough childhood. His father was known to abuse him, and he spent some time in juvenile detention for petty crimes. He also sustained two major head injuries as a child, having a dresser fall on him and being knocked out by a swing at a park. However, he was heavily influenced by his cousin Mike, who was a Green Beret who had returned from the war in Vietnam. Mike told Richard graphic stories about the women he raped, tortured, and…
His face was plastered everywhere, and people noticed. He was chased down, and attempted to steal several cars, but the group subdued him and gave him a well-deserved beating while they waited for the police to arrive.
Richard Ramirez was sentenced to death in 1989 (he actually received nineteen death sentences) after being charged with thirteen counts of murder, five attempted murders, eleven sexual assaults, and fourteen burglaries. He was placed in San Quentin Prison, where he remained until his death in 2013. He attempted to appeal for a rehearing in 2006, but the California Supreme Court denied them, upholding his death sentence. He was not executed, however. He died from B-cell lymphoma while at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, California.
Richard Ramirez was a prolific, violent, disturbed serial killer. He used guns, knives, fists, whatever he could get his hands on, to violently torture and slaughter his victims. Thankfully, the criminal justice system prevailed eventually, bringing Ramirez to justice and making him pay for his…