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Basic Richard Ramirez Facts

Richard Ramirez

Nickname: The Night Stalker

Tortured 25 victims and killed 13


Named Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramirez

Born February 29,1960

El Paso, Texas

Mercedes and Julian Ramirez

He was heavily influenced by his cousin Mike, who was a Green Beret

Mike had recently returned from the Vietnam war

Mike told him stories about him torturing and mutilating many Vietnamese women, even showing photographs

Together the discussed Satanic Worship

At around the age of 15 he watched Mike murder his wife

His criminal record began in 1977 for petty crimes

Killing Spree

First Known Murder

June 28, 1984

Jennie Vincow (79)

Sexually assaulted and stabbed

Second Murder

March 17, 1985

Maria Hernandez, Dayle Okazaki, and Tsai Lian Yu

Maria Lived and was injured, but Dayle and Tsai were murdered

March 27, 1985

Vincent Zazzara (64) and Maxine Zazzara (44)

Vincent was shot to death

Maxine was assaulted and stabbed to death

Maxine’s eyes were gouged out

A full scale police investigation gave no results

April 1985 William and Lillie Doi were killed

From the next 2 months, his murder rate escalated, claiming another dozen victims

After an overwhelming demanding of the police to do more the FBI stepped in

He then moved to San Francisco

He then killed Peter and Barbara Pan on August 17th

Then named The Night Stalker

Final Murder and Capture

His final attack was on August 24, 1985

His stolen car was identified by the victim

The car was found with fingerprints inside and his named was put to the night stalker

His previous mugshot photo was pasted everywhere

He was captured on August 31th

He was brutally beaten by L.A. residents before the police arrived

Trail, Convention, and Sentencing

July 22, 1988, the Jury selection began

Took 1 year to hear

He had gained many groupies, even marrying Doreen Lioy

September 20, 1989, a verdict of 43 charges, including 13 counts of murder, 5 counts of attempted murder, 11 assault charges, and 14 burglary charges

November 7, 1989, Ramirez received 19 death sentences


After 23 years on death row, he died on June 7, 2013, at the age of 53

Died due to complications related to B-Cell Lymphoma

In a true war story, if there’s a moral at all, it’s like the thread that makes the cloth. You can’t tease it out. You can’t extract the meaning without unraveling the deeper meaning. And in the end, really, there’s nothing much to say about a true war story, except maybe ‘Oh.’
—  Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried

idk if ive talked about it here or not but my friends and i are finally putting down drafts for our vietnam war era story, im already at 30 or so pages myself and ive made a committment to finish and publish when i reach 75 :)

The 124 feature documentaries submitted for consideration for the 88th Academy Awards:

“Above and Beyond”
“All Things Must Pass”
“The Armor of Light”
“Ballet 422”
“Batkid Begins”
“Becoming Bulletproof”
“Being Evel”
“Beltracchi – The Art of Forgery”
“Best of Enemies”
“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution”
“Bolshoi Babylon”
“Brand: A Second Coming”
“A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story”
“Call Me Lucky”
“Cartel Land”
“Censored Voices”
“Coming Home”
“Dark Horse”
“Deli Man”
“Dior and I”
“The Diplomat”
“(Dis)Honesty – The Truth about Lies”
“Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll”
“Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon”
“Eating Happiness”
“Every Last Child”
“Evidence of Harm”
“Farewell to Hollywood”
“Finders Keepers”
“The Forecaster”
“Frame by Frame”
“Gardeners of Eden”
“A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile”
“Godspeed: The Story of Page Jones”
“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”
“He Named Me Malala”
“Heart of a Dog”
“How to Change the World”
“The Hunting Ground”
“I Am Chris Farley”
“In Jackson Heights”
“In My Father’s House”
“India’s Daughter”
“Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words”
“Iraqi Odyssey”
“Janis: Little Girl Blue”
“Karski & the Lords of Humanity”
“Killing Them Safely”
“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck”
“Lambert & Stamp”
“A Lego Brickumentary”
“Listen to Me Marlon”
“Live from New York!”
“The Look of Silence”
“Meet the Patels”
“The Mind of Mark DeFriest”
“Misery Loves Comedy”
“Monkey Kingdom”
“A Murder in the Park”
“My Italian Secret”
“My Voice, My Life”
“Of Men and War”
“One Cut, One Life”
“Only the Dead See the End of War”
“The Outrageous Sophie Tucker”
“Peace Officer”
“The Pearl Button”
“Pink & Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer”
“The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers”
“Prophet’s Prey”
“Racing Extinction”
“The Resurrection of Jake the Snake”
“Ride the Thunder – A Vietnam War Story of Victory & Betrayal”
“The Russian Woodpecker”
“Searching for Home: Coming Back from War”
“Seeds of Time”
“The Seven Five”
“Seymour: An Introduction”
“A Sinner in Mecca”
“Something Better to Come”
“Song from the Forest”
“Song of Lahore”
“Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine”
“Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans”
“Stray Dog”
“Sunshine Superman”
“Sweet Micky for President”
“Tab Hunter Confidential”
“The Tainted Veil”
“Tap World”
“Thao’s Library”
“Those Who Feel the Fire Burning”
“3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets”
“The Touch of an Angel”
“TransFatty Lives”
“The True Cost”
“Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists”
“The Wanted 18”
“We Are Many”
“We Come as Friends”
“We Were Not Just…Bicycle Thieves. Neorealism”
“Welcome to Leith”
“What Happened, Miss Simone?”
“What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy”
“Where to Invade Next”
“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom”
“The Wolfpack”

Call it the season of “Compton” and “Hamilton,” a moment when two stories set in the past — Compton 25 years ago and Hamilton 225 years ago — use hip-hop to comment on the state of the nation, present by way of past, reason by way of rhyme.

In “Compton,” lyrics from the prolific Ice Cube rail against the harassment of minority communities by the 1980s’ Los Angeles Police Department. In “Hamilton,” the writings of the prolific Hamilton rail against the oppression of American colonists by the British in the 1700s. […]

Hamilton,“ a uniquely hip-hop story about the early days of America, has become a major force on Broadway since opening Aug. 6 (it has reportedly sold out through the spring). President Obama has attended, so has Jon Stewart. Not since "Book of Mormon” — and possibly much earlier — has a show entered the cultural mainstream in this way.

The revelation in the popularity of these new hip-hop entertainments is not that tens of millions of Americans enjoy rap music. It’s how these stories speak to what’s happening in it.

And just as the Korean War-set “MASH” was viewed as a commentary on the Vietnam War, a seemingly unrelated story of 1980s’ strife between blacks and the LAPD or of a political outsider struggling for the soul of a nation may have more to say about the what’s happening now in America than many contemporary stories.

SOLDIER STORIES: In the silence I find fear.

[Survivor Syndrome]

Separated from my squad,
A tree without a forest.

No familiar sounds bring ease
But in the silence I find fear;
Indiscernible enemy
who works the battlefield of my mind.

It’s out there, it’s in here;
It shatters the glass I hold my dreams in
And tears at those loved ones
Who cannot hear my cry of pain
For these wounds do not bleed blood
And the scars hide deep beneath the surface.

Life’s journey has altered its path
But there is a map to return me to 
Those places where peace was my companion
And war was a distant island.

-by John Breska, 44th Scout Dog Platoon, 25th Division, Viet Nam 69-70


A veteran tells the story of his darkest time during the Vietnam War. More stories coming soon.