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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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Thank you Hepatitis C! You did the job that 25 years in California's death row couldn't!

465 days ago


Wow. I don't know why, but I gasped when I read this.

465 days ago


One less Obama voter.

465 days ago


Welcome to hell!

465 days ago


There are some people who deserve to be executed. He was one of them. Good riddance to bad rubbish! (Guarantee AC/DC is happy about this.)

465 days ago


Good riddance you POS. I hope you suffer for eternity.

465 days ago

Jamey Hunter    

I hope there was a special place in hell waiting to welcome him.

465 days ago

Six Million Dollar Man    

Why the hell didn't he get a lethal injection? Wasn't he sentenced to death? @0 fricken years he lived having sex with other inmates and sleeping and being protected. Why didn't anyone kill him like they did Jefferey Dahmer? Too little too late! Natural causes or Hep C is nothing compared to what he did to many people. He did what he wanted and mocked the system for 20 years and laughed about it and now he is where he wants to be-with Satan. He got everything he wanted.That wasn't punishment for him, it was worth it and a great ride.

465 days ago

Michelle Neal    

may he rot in hell!

465 days ago


As feared as he was, I actually think Ramirez was one of the stupider - or at least less cunning - serial killers, because he was so brazen and made no effort to blend in with the community or hide his crimes. Perhaps he couldn't. I think the ones who can, those who look and act "normal", who don't use satanic symbols and such to play to base fears, are a lot creepier. Like the BTK killer. Total "family man", and a deacon in his church. He tripped himself up to the FBI or he might still be at it.

465 days ago


One less republican

465 days ago


Hope he's roasting.

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465 days ago


May he burn in hell...justice has finally been served..

465 days ago

charlei harper    

as a California tax payer...I say "yessssssssssssss"

465 days ago
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