The Night Stalker, Walk-In Killer, and Valley Intruder were all nicknames given to Ricardo “Richard” Leyva Muoz Ramirez (February 29, 1960 – June 7, 2013), an American serial killer and sex offender whose crimes were committed in California between June 1984 and August 1985.
|Full name||Richard Leyva Muoz Ramirez|
|Date of birth||Februrary 29, 1960|
|Birth place||El Paso, Texas, U.S. A|
|Other names||The Night Stalker, The Walk-In Killer, The Valley Intruder|
|Died||June 7, 2013|
|Net worth||$40 million|
Early life and education
Ramirez’s upbringing is thought to have influenced his criminal behaviour. Ramirez, who was frequently mistreated by his father, first developed grisly and morbid tastes from his older cousin, who also taught him some military techniques he would use during his year-long killing rampage. Ramirez was frequently mistreated by his father.
When Ramirez was a teenager, he started to combine vivid acts of violence like rape, murder, and forced servitude with his developing sexual fantasies. He accepted a job at a nearby Holiday Inn while still in school and used his master key to rob guests who were fast asleep. Ramirez sexually assaulted two toddlers in the hotel’s lift at least once, but no one ever denounced him or brought any charges against him. Ramirez was caught in the act of trying to rape a woman in her hotel room by the victim’s husband, which resulted in the immediate termination of his employment.
In the tenth grade, Ramirez left Jefferson High School. Ramirez has a keen interest in occultism and Satanism as well. When he departed from his house when he was 22 years old, he had already started regularly using cocaine by the time he had travelled from Texas to California. For the sake of sustaining his drug habit, Ramirez regularly committed burglaries, many of which were later followed by murders, attempted murders, rapes, and assaults.
Parents and family
Ricardo Leyva Muoz Ramirez, the youngest of Julián Tapia Ramirez’s five children and Mercedes Muoz Ramirez’s four older siblings, was born in El Paso, Texas, on February 29, 1960. Julián Tapia Ramirez passed away on August 19, 1991.
His father was an alcoholic who frequently hit his wife and kids physically during his rages. He was a former Ciudad Juárez policeman who later worked as a labourer for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe ailways. At the age of ten, Richard started consuming alcohol and marijuana.
Offences and Arrests
By 1977, Richard Ramirez had already begun stealing and committing small-scale robberies, so it didn’t take long for the police to place him in a juvenile detention facility. He was given a probationary term in 1982 for marijuana possession.
His offences grew more serious with time, and in 1983 he was detained for automobile theft. He had developed into an uncaring individual by the time he was released in 1984, and he had little chance of living a respectable life. In June 1984, he committed his first murder. He broke into Jennie Vincow’s home at the age of 79, abused her sexually, raped her, and then fatally stabbed her. The cops were surprised by the attack’s brutality.
In March 1985, he struck once more, this time targeting Maria Hernandez. While the terrified girl was able to flee, her flatmate was not as fortunate and was killed by the maniacal attacker. Ramirez also fatally shot Tsai Lian Yu that evening. A few days later, he broke into Vincent Zazzara’s home, who was 64 at the time. He first murdered Vincent before torturing his 44-year-old wife, Maxine Zazzara.
The police were now certain that a psychotic serial killer was responsible for these killings. However, they were unable to locate him.
In 1985, William and Lillie Doi were viciously attacked by Ramirez as he continued his rampage. The number of his victims increased significantly over the next few months, and the public put tremendous pressure on the authorities to apprehend this psychotic killer. In order to find the serial killer, a team of law enforcement personnel was assembled, and the FBI joined the effort.
Ramirez left the Los Angeles region and made his way to the San Francisco Bay region. He attacked and killed Peter and Barbara Pan, an elderly couple, He attacked and killed Peter and Barbara Pan, an elderly couple, on August 18, 1985, and left various satanic symbols at the crime scene. The San Francisco Bay police realised that this could be the same assassin who committed the murders in Los Angeles. The assailant has now earned the moniker “Night Stalker.”
On August 24, 1985, he attacked Bill Carns, 30, and his fiancee, Inez Erickson, 29, just a few days after attacking the Pans. Both of his victims made it out alive and assisted the police in their inquiry. The previously unknown murderer was suddenly known, and his prison photo was prominently displayed in top publications and on national television. On August 30, 1985, the evasive “Night Stalker” was finally apprehended.
Conviction after trial
Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Richard Ramirez originally asserted his innocence.
In addition to 31 additional felonies connected to his killing spree, he was accused of 14 murders.
The trial, however, was drawn out and difficult because Ramirez frequently switched attorneys. The geographical dispersion of his actions made the trial more difficult.
He was ultimately convicted of 43 charges, including 13 counts of murder, five counts of attempted murder, eleven acts of sexual assault, and fourteen counts of burglary, after a four-year trial. In November 1989, he was given 19 execution warrants.
Richard spent a significant amount of time in prison following his conviction. As a Satanist, he gained popularity among other cult members and had several fans who were fascinated with him. One of them, independent magazine editor Doreen Lioy, fell in love with Richard and married him in California’s ‘San Quentin State Prison’ in October 1996.
Richard developed B-cell lymphoma while serving time on the death row. He passed away from the disease on June 7, 2013.
Ramirez is wealthy, with a net worth of $40 million, despite his criminal past.