This Questionnaire From Serial Killer Richard Ramirez Is Very Disturbing
From 1985 until his death in 2013, serial killer Richard Ramirez (aka The Night Stalker), was in prison. During this time, Ramirez managed to earn himself quite the devoted fan club. Behind bars, he was never short on letters to read and respond back to. At one point, someone sent Ramirez a friendship questionnaire, not unlike something you would send to a new pen pal.
Between April 1984 and August 1985, Ramirez killed 13 people in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.
The serial killer was known for his savage violence after breaking into people’s homes in the dead of night. Often, his targets were chosen completely at random.
Because he had so much time on his hands in prison, when he received the friend questionnaire, Ramirez actually took the time to fill it out and mail it back. To say some of his answers are a little politically incorrect would be an understatement.
Here is the full transcription of the form:
Full Name: Richard Ramirez
Date of Birth: 2-28-60
Height, Weight, Shoe Size: 6'1’ 180 - 12
Marital Status: Single
Wheels: Lamborghini in the SQ parking lot ha
Most Treasured Honor: My dick
Perfect Woman or Man: Me
Childhood Hero(s): Jack The Ripper
Favorite Tv Shows: The Munsters
Favorite Movies: Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Night of the Living Dead
Favorite Songs/Singers/Musicians: Led Zep, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Ozzy, AC/DC, Billy Idol
Hobbies: Slicing + Dicing + Spicing up Rump Roast
Favorite Meals: Women’s feet
Why You Wrote Me: Cause your up on the times. Or so it seems. And your fine.
Recommended Reading: All murder books. True Crime magazines
Last Book Read: Marquis DeSade - Julliette + Justine
Ideal Evening: Full moon, sex + drugs all night
Every January 1st, I Resolve: Can’t say here. ha
Nobody Knows I’m: ??
My Biggest Regret: Not carrying a gun at all times
If I Were President, I’d: rule w/an iron heart and a rock hard dick
What I Don’t Like About People: Everything. 99% of the people suck. I like most women though.
My Biggest Fear: Nothing. The Supernatural maybe.
Pet Peeves: ?
Friends Like Me Because: I aint got friends. Associates only
Behind My Back They Say: ??
If I Were An Animal, I’d Be: A Tyrannosaurus
Personal Goals In Life: ??
Favorite Color: Black
Favorite Number: 666
Political Views: None, all politicians can eat shit
Thoughts On Crime: It’s a wheel. Your either the driver or the one who gets crushed by it. Try and avoid altoge?
Thoughts On Drugs: Great. They should be legalized
Thoughts On Sex: Great. Everything goes.
Sexual Likes/Dislikes: Great. Everything is good. Except Fags. Women Lesbians are ok.
Describe First Sexual Encounter: Prostitute. I was 12 yrs old
Boy George & Marilyn photographed by
Derek Ridgers, 1980.
There was a time Boy George didn’t wear frocks and jewellery. Just a pretty kimono. This was how he looked nearly four years ago. Alongside him is his pal Marilyn. Behind them is the house in Couburton Street, central London which they shared with fellow squatters. Marilyn remembers the squat fondly. “ I discovered the amazing clubs in London and realised there were other freaky people like me. It was George O'Dowd and me against everybody else, going to parties and seeing who could look the prettiest.” Both have come a long way and gone their separate ways, since those days, Yet their steps aren’t that for apart.
- 14 Counts of burglary
- 13 cunts of murder
- 11 counts of sexual assault
- 5 counts of attempted murder
SPAN OF KILLINGS: April 10th, 1984 - August 24th, 1985
COUNTRY: United States
DATE APPREHENDED: August 31st, 1985
1. Ramirez got married six years into his prison sentence.
His bride to be a woman called Doreen Lioy. Doreen revealed that she is a 41 year-old wife who was a self-proclaimed virgin and planned to wear a white dress at their wedding.
They bought rings for one another that were engraved with special messages; Ramirez’s message to Lioy: “To my one and only love. Richard.” The ring was made of Platinum. The ring Lioy gave to Ramirez was made out of gold and had “I love you forever. Doreen.”
2. The final hours Ramirez had he had turned bright green right before he died. The shade of green was so bright that a unidentified teller compared the killers skin colour to a “green bright highlighter pen.” Ramirez would suffer from chronic hepatitis C viral infection which are caused by years of substance abuse. He Died from B-Cell Lymphoma which also caused Liver failure.
3. The night stalkers muderers were inspired by his older cousin. Richards cousin Mike was a Vietnam veteran, who always talked freely about his actions upon the Vietnamese women; which was rape and sometimes killing them. Mike showed Richard (who was very young at the time) explicit pictures of himself performing these actions. At the age of 13 Richard was already smoking Marijuana with mike which started to draw mikes wife attention. She started to nag and have mass arguments which resulted in her death, Richard was present to Mike shooting his wife during an argument.
“We’ve all got the power to kill in our hands. Most of us are afraid to use it those who aren’t control life itself.”
“Big deal! Death always went with territory, I’ll see you in Disneyland.”
“We are all evil in some form or another, are we not?”
Patrick: • Full Name: Patrick Martin Stumph • Birthday: April 27th 1984 • Favourite Food: Pumpkin squares made by his mum • Patrick hates BBQ sauce • Before FOB, he worked at 2 record shops at once • Patrick once punched Pete in the face over song lyrics • Patrick has a fascination with marine animals that are extinct • Favourite Quote: “Quite is the new loud” • Patrick is a huge fan of David Bowie • Favourite Film: Rushmore • High School: Glenbrook High School • Patrick is only 5’ 4 • Patrick hates being called “Pat” • Patrick is a huge fan of Jazz music • Patrick’s last name is actually “Stumph” but removed the “H” because of pronunciation issues
Pete: • Full Name: Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz the 3rd • Birthday: June 5th 1979 • Pete wrote all of the lyrics from “Under the Cork Tree” • Pete has his own record label called “Decaydance Records” • Pete used to be a soccer player • Pete plays bass and piano • Pete hates black liquorish • Pete is 5’7 • Pete gets stage fright when he has to order coffee Andy: • Full Name: Andrew John “Andy” Hurley • Birthday: May 31st 1980 • Andy formed the band “The Damned Things” during FOB’s hiatus • Andy has been vegan since age 16 • Andy has over 2,600 tattoos, as he gets them all in little squares • Favourite Bands: Slayer and New Kids on the Block • Andy’s father passed away when Andy was only 5 • Andy was listed on PEATA’s sexiest vegans poll in 2006 • Andy is the smartest member of the band • Andy is the second oldest in the band • Andy will leave a room if people start smoking • High School: Menomonee Falls High School • Andy’s house has been featured on MTV’s “Cribs”
Joe: • Full Name: Joseph Mark “Joe” Trohman • Birthday: September 1st 1984 • Joe is the youngest member • Joe was brought up Jewish • High School: New Trier High School w/ Pete • Before FOB Pete and Joe formed a band called “Arma Angels” • Joe collects guitars • Joe loves Star Wars • Joe once acted as Pete’s chauffeur and got his license suspended
FOB: • They are known for their long song titles • Their name was suggested to them by a fan at their first gig • “Sugar We’re Going Down” was on Billboard’s Top 100 for 20 weeks • The band’s official fan club is called the “Overcast Kids”
On the early hours of April 27th, 1984, 18 year old Billy Gilley woke up his sister Jody (16 at the time) by pushing their younger sibling Becky (11) into her room and instructing her to stay there. Confused and sleepy, Jody didn’t stop Becky when she curiously went downstairs to see what was going on. Next thing Jody new, the house filled with screams.
Billy had taken a baseball bat and killed his parents, Bill and Linda, by savagely beating them. Because Becky had interrupted him, he hit and killed her too. Jody thought she was next when she heard her brother coming up the stairs. He appeared in her doorway, agitated and covered in blood, but instead of attacking her, he said “We are free. I’m not crazy.”
The two siblings escaped the house and, as soon as she found herself alone for a moment, Jody called 911 to alert authorities of the crime. Billy was arrested and was convicted and sentenced to three life terms of a minimum of 30 years each. He appealed said sentence in 2008, but it was upheld. Another appeal, in 2011, was denied, so he stays in prison.
Although the jury never got to hear this during his trial, Billy and Jody lived in an abusive household. Their parents were religious fundamentalists. In fact, although he was considered a sociopath by some of the forensic experts that analyzed him, Billy insists that it was the head trauma caused by his father’s punches that led him to the murders.
This case was covered in the book While they Slept, by Kathryn Harrison, in which Jody and Billy share their views on the case. You can also read an emotional testimony written by Jody for the Washington Post in 2005 here.