Are they any different from us?
Today I’m gonna talk about one of the 3 very famous and my favourite serial killers!
It’s gonna be a trilogy!
What/ Who are serial killers?
People who tend to murder a lot of people are serial killers, these people look extremely normal, live around us and even sit with us, but it is the inner self which makes them a serial killer!
How did I come across the term serial killer?
Back in 2011, I remember browsing the net for some playwright when I stumbled upon this article on a serial killer who turns out to be my fav one!
Let’s start with the 1st serial killer
Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez, known as Richard Ramirez, was an American serial killer, rapist, and burglar. He terrorized the residents of Los Angeles and later the residents of the San Francisco from June 1984 until August 1985.
Born on 29 February 1960 in El Paso, Texas, US.
Jagah chodo, birthdate dekho
(Zyada karke log aise ajeeb taarek ko aate hai aur fir aise tede mede kaam kar jaate hai)
He was dubbed as “THE NIGHT STALKER”
He claimed to be a Satanist (obviously bhagwaan mein toh maanenge nai)
Since his childhood, he was often assaulted at his home by his father.
He started smoking marijuana at the age of 10.
His crimes began when he was 12.
He even sustained two serious head injuries, after which he experienced frequent epileptic seizures. To escape his violent father, Ramirez began to hang out with his older cousin, Miguel, a decorated Vietnam veteran.
Unfortunately, Miguel’s influence wasn’t much better than his fathers’ had been. During his time in Vietnam, Miguel had developed a habit of torturing women. Miguel often showed Ramirez photos of the horrors he had inflicted on the women, including one where he posed with one of the women’s severed heads. Later, Miguel would fatally shoot his own wife, in full view of a 13-year-old Ramirez, who would take the event deeply to heart.
The shooting turned Richard Ramirez from a scared, abused young boy into a hardened, sullen man. He began using LSD and cultivating his interest in Satanism, which he practiced throughout his life.
On April 10, 1984, Ramirez murdered 9-year-old Mei Leung in the basement of the hotel where he was living, in the Tenderlion district of San Francisco. He raped and beat the girl before stabbing her to death, and hanged her body from a pipe.
On June 28, 1984, he found it in the form of 79-year-old Jennie Vincow. Authorities found the woman’s body in her bed, brutally raped, her throat slashed so deeply she was almost decapitated. Her apartment showed sign of forced entry and items were found to be missing as well.
After the Vincow murder, it would be another few months before Richard Ramirez struck for the second time, but when he did, he would pursue his depraved impulses with horrific dedication.
On March 17, 1985, Ramirez’s murder spree began in earnest with an assault on Maria Hernandez in her home. She managed to escape, but her roommate, Dayle Okazaki, was not so lucky and he became Ramirez’s second known murder victim.
Later that night, Richard Ramirez’s bloodlust still wasn’t sated and he would shoot and kill Tsai-Lian Yu. He would continue to stalk and murder his victims for close to 14 months and strike terror in the heart of Californians throughout the state.
Ten days later, Richard Ramirez established the pattern that would come to define his murders when attacked Vincent Zazzara, 64, and his wife, 44-year-old Maxine Zazzara. He began by shooting and killing Vincent, then he assaulted Maxine before killing her with a knife. If that weren’t ghastly enough, Richard Ramirez also gouged out her eyes.
From Los Angeles to San Fransisco, people went to bed fearing that “The Night Stalker” – as the press would call him – would break into their homes while they slept, hellbent on performing a Satanic ritual of rape, torture and murder.
During his reign of terror, he struck seemingly at random while traveling all over California, from Los Angeles to San Francisco, not staying in one place for too long.
The victims were both male and female, ranging in age from 22 to 80, from all over southern California. The one thing all of the crime scenes had in common was evidence that a Satanic ritual of some kind had occurred.
As word of the Night Stalker started to spread, it seemed that no one was safe. Eventually, by August of 1985, the public anxiety caused a surge in gun sales, lock installations, and window bars.
Police increased their presence on the street tenfold and the FBI created a special task force dedicated to hunt down the killer.
Soon, a witness was able to provide police with a license plate number for a vehicle believed to belong to Ramirez. Tracking down the vehicle, they were able to find a partial fingerprint in the vehicle that they could run through the Los Angeles Police Department’s new fingerprint database.
Other tips had come in and the name Ramirez had become known to the police, but with such a common name in California, it wasn’t guaranteed that they could turn up anything useful. They ran the fingerprint through the computerized database against anyone in the system with the name Ramirez.
Through sheer good luck, the LAPD was able to identify Richard Ramirez in their database. His fingerprints had been taken in February 1970 after an arrest for petty crimes–the Police database had no fingerprint records prior to January 1970.
Soon, one of Ramirez’s victims who survived was able to give a detailed enough description that a sketch artist could provide the newspapers with a picture. The Night Stalker’s image was published in every newspaper in southern California, in the hopes that someone would notice it and recognize Ramirez.
At the police press conference it was announced: “We know who you are now, and soon everyone else will. There will be no place you can hide.”
Ironically, the only one who didn’t notice his own fame was Richard Ramirez, ultimately leading to his downfall.
Returning to Los Angeles, he was soon identified in the street, fled the police, and famously came within moments of being beaten to death by a vigilante mob who recognized him and seized him as police closed in.
Such was his fear that,
On August 14, the trial was interrupted because one of the jurors, Phyllis Singletary, did not arrive at the courtroom. Later that day, she was found shot to death in her apartment. The jury was terrified, as they could not help wondering whether Ramirez had somehow directed this event from inside his prison cell, and whether he could reach other jurors. However, it was ultimately determined that Ramirez was not responsible for Singletary’s death, as she was shot and killed by her boyfriend. The alternate juror who replaced Singletary was too frightened to return to her home.
Ramirez had scored a 31/40 on Hare’s psychopathy checklist (PCL-R), which makes him a primary psychopath. He may have also suffered from schizophrenia as well, which was likely made worse by drugs like cocaine, LSD, and PCP.
He became famous for his murders but was a charm among the girls particularly for his looks.
Some famous quotes from the mad man!
“We’ve all got the power in our hands to kill, but most people are afraid to use it. The ones who aren’t afraid, control life itself.”Desai Thoughts MEdia.
“I think the girls are attracted to me because they can relate to me. The girls are nice when you’re in my situation, but since I’m in here [in jail] I spend more time writing to them about the relationship, rather than living it, but there are good friendships formed never-the-less.”
“We are all evil in some form or the other, aren’t we?”
“Big deal, death comes with the territory. See you in Disneyland.”
Richard died on June 7th 2013 in the prison due to Cancer.
Although he committed 13 murders and had multiple burglary cases, he was a hit in the media for his looks and thoughts.
For more on his crimes, refer to wikipedia there’s a detailed description on his murders there!
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