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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.


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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Good riddance!!!

471 days ago


Hello- dying of Hep C is dying of natural causes...Also I think they meant to say that "All doctors say Hep C say can be transmitted through sexual contact." Hep C can be transmitted via any exchange of blood or body fluids. And yes, I'm a doctor. For real. I'm not joking.

471 days ago


Why has he been on death row since 89? That's ridiculous he should've been dead a long time ago!!!

471 days ago

paul a.    

Feeling the heat, Richard?

471 days ago


And who says there isn't ever any good news? Enjoy hell, you murdering sick twist!

471 days ago


Satan came to collect.

471 days ago


Are you sure it didn't happen yesterday, a '666' day???

471 days ago


great news! i'd have prefered if one of the victims family members had stomped him to death, but this works too. now chuck him in an unmarked grave in the prison potters field.

471 days ago

Pete Beau    


471 days ago


Didn't know he was still around. What's the point of putting them on death row if they are going to be there so long. Can't imagine the lineup for the chair is that long that it takes over 20yrs

471 days ago


I hope you rot in hell, you prick.

471 days ago


30 years on death row – Your tax dollars at work.

471 days ago


I hope there is a hell because this guy belongs there.

471 days ago


What so conflicting about the cause of death. A Natural Cause COD is anything natural occurring death, ie. old age, heart attack, ILLNESS. Last I checked Hep. C is an illness, so being told Natural Causes isn't incorrect.

471 days ago


So long, *******!

471 days ago
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