Caution: This article touches on a topic that may upset some readers.
Arriving on Netflix this week is Night Stalker: The Hunt for Serial Killer – the true criminal document investigating the crimes of the infamous murderer Richard Ramirez, who was a terrorist in California from 1974 to 1975 and was dubbed ‘Night Stalker’ by the press.
In first-person interviews with intelligence agencies, journalists and victims, the series tells the tragic story of Ramirez’s murder and desperately tried to kill him by following the police.
Here’s what you need to know about the true story behind Knight Stalker and the documentaries.
When is Night Staller on Netflix?
Night Stalker: Hunt for a Serial Killer has reached Netflix Wednesday 13 January.
What about Knight Stalker?
The story of how Richard Ramirez, one of America’s most infamous serial killers, was hunted down and brought to justice in the 1980s is a testament to this new true crime.
Ramirez, who called the media a ‘night stalker’, murdered and sexually abused men, women and children across Los Angeles in the summer of 1985.
Speaking through detectives, survivors and first-person interviews with reporters, the four-part documentary fights against this “iconic LA real-life horror story” and the police watch to catch this gruesome killer.
Who was Richard Ramirez – Knight Stalker?
Richard Ramirez, known to the press as ‘The Night Stalker’, is an American serial killer who killed at least 13 people and sexually abused 11 in Los Angeles and San Francisco between June 1974 and August 1965.
Born on February 29, 1960, in Texas to Ricardo Levia Muaz Ramrez, the killer was influenced by his older cousin Mike, who was involved in the story of his “rape and murder” while serving in the Vietnam War, with biographer Philip Carlo’s The Life. The Crimes of Richard Ramirez.
According to Carlo, Mike taught a 12-year-old Ramirez “how to steal and kill with perfect certainty” and shot his wife in the face during a domestic argument in 1973 while Ramirez was present. He was not convicted of insanity and was released from prison in 1977, at which point he continues to influence Ramirez.
As a teenager, Ramirez began experimenting with LSD and other hallucinogens, whenever he began to see the devil as “a friend he can be himself as an ally,” Carlo writes. He took a job at a local Holiday Inn, where he used his master key card to rob sleeping guests, but was fired after he tried to rape a hotel patron – he was not prosecuted for the crime because of the testimony against him. The 15-year-old was not prosecuted after he refused to refuse.
Ramirez moved from El Paso to California at the age of 22, where he began his assassination two years later.
What did Knight Stallar Richard Ramirez do?
Richard Ramirez in court Netflix
From April 1974 to August 1975, Ramirez murdered, sexually assaulted and brutalized a California resident before his arrest on August 31.
He killed 13 people and sexually assaulted 11 people between the ages of six and 63 in both Los Angeles and San Francisco – however, Ramirez committed more crimes that he was not prosecuted for.
His victims came from different neighborhoods, ethnic backgrounds and socio-economic strata, which made him a tough criminal to profile. “We had serial killers responsible for child, girl, boy, rape, abduction of adult women, murder of adult women, murder of men,” LA detective Gil Carrillo said in the series. “We have never encountered anyone before in the history of crime.”
The first victim of Ramirez was 9-year-old May Laying, based in Los Angeles, who was brutally murdered in April 1984, and two months later, she killed 799-year-old Jenny Winko in her Glasell Park flat while she was asleep.
The following year, in March 1985, Ramirez shot 22-year-old Maria Hernandez, who survived after the bullet struck her keys, and her roommate, Dolly Yoshi Okazaki, 34, who died of her injuries.
After Ramirez attacked Peter and Barbara Pan on August 16, 1975, Detective Carrillo and investigator Frank Salarno, who were in charge of finding Ramirez, continued their search for another four months before proceeding with the Ramirez case. Barbara was raped and her jewelry stolen, along with a bracelet that Ramirez bought from a reporter who was handed over to police.
Her latest victim – 29-year-old Inez Erickson – escaped sexual harassment and gave police details of Ramirez, who collected her previous footprints and a fingerprint from a car stolen by the killer.
From the DNA they were able to collect, police identified Ramirez, who had a long wrap sheet due to previous arrests for traffic and illegal drug violations. Police released Ramirez’s mug shot in December 1964 and he was arrested on August 31, after he tried to drive several cars and was detained by a group of civilians until police arrived.
Ramirez, who first appeared in court on September 20, 1989, with the pentagram ‘Hail Satan’, was convicted of all charges, including 13 counts of murder, five counts of attempted murder, 11 counts of sexual assault and 14 counts of theft.
He was sentenced to death in November and told reporters after the verdict was announced: “It’s a big deal. Death always went with this region. See you at Disneyland. ”
A report in The Los Angeles Times states that “233 years after the death sentence was handed down to a convict who was sentenced to death 23 years later due to complications of B-cell lymphoma due to chronic substance abuse and chronic hepatitis C viral infection.”
Knight Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer arrived on Netflix on Wednesday, January 13th. Looking for something else to watch? Watch our TV guide.