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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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61.

karen    

Good riddance!!!

418 days ago
62.

Nicki    

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.

418 days ago
63.

april    

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

418 days ago
64.

paul a.    

Feeling the heat, Richard?

418 days ago
65.

zombie    

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

418 days ago
66.

jay26mc    

Satan came to collect.

418 days ago
67.

FFS    

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

418 days ago
68.

roll3567    

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.

418 days ago
69.

Pete Beau    

hot!

418 days ago
70.

IceGypsy    

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

418 days ago
71.

UPYOURS    

I hope you rot in hell, you prick.

418 days ago
72.

Nikki    

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

418 days ago
73.

Mike    

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

418 days ago
74.

Trent    

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.

418 days ago
75.

I-See-Dumb-People    

So long, *******!

418 days ago
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