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Richard Ramirez

Night Stalker DEAD

6/7/2013 9:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Richard Ramirez -- aka The Night Stalker -- who went on a rape-murder spree in Los Angeles in the mid-80s and terrorized the entire city -- is dead at 53 ... but we're getting conflicting info on the cause.

Ramirez killed at least 13 people and attempted 5 more ... by climbing in the windows of homes.  He also committed 11 sexual assaults, and probably more.

Ramirez was convicted and sentenced to death in 1989, and sat on San Quentin's death row ever since. The death sentence was not carried out because of endless appeals.

A San Quentin spokesperson reportedly says Ramirez died of natural causes ... HOWEVER ... a prison official told TMZ ... the murderer died from Hepatitis C, which some doctors say can be transmitted through sexual contact.  Hep C is verifiably contracted through IV drug use and blood transfusions.

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The Night Stalker's crimes were particularly heinous ... he killed people as young as 9 and as old as 83.

On June 2, 1985, he murdered a 29-year-old man ... and then raped the victim's girlfriend, who survived the  attack.  

On July 20, 1985 ... he murdered another man -- and forced the victim's wife to perform oral sex on him.  The wife survived the attack.

Just 3 weeks after that ... Ramirez committed an almost identical crime -- killing husband, raping wife.

On August 25, 1985, he committed yet another crime -- shooting a man in the head and raping the victim's fiancee ... only this time, he made her swear her love for Satan during the attack. The man, Bill Carns,miraculously survived the attack.

Eventually, cops were able to obtain a fingerprint -- and released a mug shot of Ramirez to the public. He was captured days later, when an angry mob in East L.A. found him trying to steal a car ... and beat him within an inch of his life.

When Ramirez appeared in court, he famously flashed an image of a pentagram that was tattooed on his palm.

In short -- he was one of the absolute worst people to ever walk the Earth.


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karlew    

And in other news: The national weather service reports a marked improvement in the air quality in Marin County

467 days ago
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Mike C    

Like MR. Ramirez or not... That video A Conversation with Richard Ramirez he is real talk. He is keeping it real. NO BS!

467 days ago
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Applehead    

His remains should be flushed down the toilet.

467 days ago
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trenecia cutright    

I'm born on July 20

466 days ago
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melodyann    

What a waste of the tax payers dollars " he should have been put to death back in the 80"s " instead we the tax paying hard working people paid for him to live with the basic amenities and healthcare for 32 years ! The people who he killed never got this luxury . And to top this off this freak made a mockery out of our courts.

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MaryMRevis    

I don't give a rat's a** HOW this human waste pile died...he is FINALLY DEAD and in HELL. I do however hope however he died, that it was painful and torturous. The world just got a tad bit better. I hope the SOB rots for all enternity.

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