Richard Ramirez was 24-years-old when he began murdering people, which, in the world of serial murder, is an exceptionally young age. His spate of brutal killings took place over just a few years during which he took the lives of 14 people and committed senseless acts of rape and assault. Below are a compilation of what I think are some of the most interesting facts about the infamous Night Stalker.
The Night Stalker wasn’t his original title: The sensationalist media brainstormed a whole array of nicknames for the killer who was terrorizing LA. For a while, he was called “The Walk-in Killer” the “Screen Door Intruder” and “The Valley Intruder”.A juror was mysteriously murdered during the trial: Phyllis Singletary was found shot to death in her home. This terrified other jurors, and many tried to leave, fearing they would be next. It’s unknown whether or not Ramirez had anything to do with the murder.
His wife, Doreen, vowed to kill herself if he was given the death sentence: In 1997, she told CNN that she would commit suicide if her darling husband was killed.
Ramirez refused to wear gold: Being a Satanist, the killer didn’t believe in a lavish lifestyle so he refused to wear anything containing gold. At his prison wedding, Ramirez and Doreen wore silver wedding rings. Furthermore, upon visiting his niece one day, he made her take her gold necklace off because he was so disgusted by it.
As a child, he slept in the cemetery: Ramirez became obsessed with the macabre as he grew older. From about 12 years old, he would sneak out of the house in the dead of night and go to the local graveyard. He would take his pillows and blankets, and would lie next to graves and sleep there.