How many people did the Night Stalker kill? Netflix’s The Hunt for a Serial Killer documentary delves into the crimes of Richard Ramirez.
Netflix subscribers championed a range of the streaming service’s titles throughout 2020, from action blockbuster Extraction to The Queen’s Gambit.
However, documentary enthusiasts would perhaps argue that their non-fiction output stood out the most last year.
The likes of Tiger King, American Murder: The Family Next Door, Unsolved Mysteries and many more were widely viewed and praised for their examination of bizarre misfits, shocking cases and eerie crimes.
Recently, the streamer unveiled Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer, a four-part mini-series which explores the notorious American murderer Richard Ramirez,
As highlighted by PopSugar, Ramirez killed most of his victims in California in 1985, but the first well-known homicide occurred a year prior.
He was dubbed the “Night Stalker” by the media because he carried out his crimes at night, breaking into homes, but just how many people did he kill?
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How many people did the Night Stalker kill?
- Richard Ramirez was linked to 14 murders in total.
He was found guilty of 13 murders in 1989, while also being charged with attempted murder, sexual assault, and burglary for a total of 43 counts. However, it was in 2009 that Ramirez’s connection to the death of a 9-year-old girl in 1984 was identified.
Reflecting on Ramirez’s crimes, it was in June 1984 that he murdered 79-year-old Jennie Vincow at her home in Glassell Park. Then, during the spring and summer of 1985, he committed numerous murders across Los Angeles and San Francisco.
One of his victims – Maria Hernandez – managed to survive her encounter with the Night Stalker and he was finally caught on August 31st 1985.
PopSugar highlights that detectives have addressed the unlikeliness that Ramirez didn’t murder anybody else between the killing of Jennie Vincow and the string of 1985 murders he was charged with.
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When did Richard Ramirez die?
Richard Ramirez died aged 53 on June 7th 2013. He was on death row at San Quentin State Prison.
CNN reported that he died of natural causes at Marin General Hospital north of San Francisco, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The cause of death was complications from B-cell lymphoma.
Addressing Ramirez’s incarceration, he was sentenced to death as a result of convictions for 13 murders, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries.
At the age of 29, he told the courtroom at the time of sentencing: “I am beyond good and evil. I will be avenged. Lucifer dwells in us all…” CNN highlights that he was a Satan worshipper.
Was Richard Ramirez married?
Yes, he married Doreen Ramirez while he was in prison in 1996.
His wife told CNN in 1997: “He’s kind, he’s funny, he’s charming. I think he’s a really great person. He’s my best friend; he’s my buddy.”
She was present at the trial and they shared a correspondence ahead of the marriage. However, Marie Claire notes that it’s believed she severed ties with her husband after discovering his connection to the 1984 murder of a 9-year-old girl in 2009, and it was reported that nobody had claimed his body several weeks after his death.
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