Richard Ramirez The Night Stalker Essay

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The Night Stalker
Richard Ramirez also known as "The Night Stalker" was a notorious serial killer who tormented the lives of Los Angeles residents by raping, sodomizing, murdering, and torturing random citizens of the community. Ramirez was addicted to cocaine and was a Satan worshiper. His rain of torture throughout 1985 included over 29 victims. He has already outlived some of the victims that survived his attacks. In 1985 Ramirez was captured by an angry mob of citizens.
Ramirez was born in 1960 to his Mexican immigrant parents Julian and Mercedes Ramirez. He was the youngest out of his five siblings of 3 boys and 2 girls. He grew up in El Paso, Texas, where he had a relatively normal childhood to start off with. Even though Ramirez seemed to be on a down hill spiral, his father always maintained that Ramirez was a "good boy". At the age of 12 he started to spend a lot of time with his cousin Mike, a Vietnam veteran, his cousin would show him pictures of women he had raped and tortured during his time in Vietnam. Mike would sometime take Ramirez out to the desert at night to show him how to sneak up on animals and kill them. Ramirez was taught how to use a knife and where the vital spots were on the animals. Some believe that the turning point in Ramirez's life may have been when he witnessed his cousin murder his wife. At the time Ramirez was 13 and was smoking pot with his cousin Mike when his wife came in and allegedly started to "nag" him on getting his life together and getting a job. Mike then took out a gun and shot her in the face. The blood of Mikes wife spattered onto Ramirez. After Mikes conviction Ramirez became fascinated with the photos that Mike had showed him. From being a bright young student Ramirez turned into a glue sniffing, pot smoking, bad tempered troublemaker. At the age of 15 he dropped out of school and got a job at a hotel. While working at the hotel he tied up a guest and raped her, but he was caught by her husband and was beaten by him. He was arrested and charged , but was given a lenient sentence. At this time his parents could not take anymore and sent him to live with his sister. By then Ramirez was living the life of a slacker, smoking pot and living off of convenience store junk food. Due to the high consumption of sugar his teeth began to rot which made his breath smell foul. His chronic pot smoking eventually led to several arrests for position and also for misdemeanor theft charges. He then moved to California and was arrested two times on auto theft in Pasadena in 1981 and Los Angeles in 1984. After a while he advanced from car theft to house breaks. When he first started to break into houses he would steal what ever was valuable and quickly leave, he then started to get better at it and started to get bolder and stayed longer. They say he may have stayed to watch the inhabitants sleeping in there beds. He also may have taken souvenirs like particular items that belonged to...

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