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Richard Ramirez

Death Toll:13-16

How Richard Ramirez fits the serial killer profile: Murdered three or more people over a period of more than a month, with down time between the murders.Motivation for serial killing was usually based on psychological gratification.Troubled childhoodInvolved in petty crimes such as theft and drug possession before turning to murderCommitted killings at a common age for serial killers ; 24-25 years old. [5]

Richard Ramirez"The Night Stalker"Born in El Paso, Texas, on February 28, 1960 [1]Died in Greenbrae, California on June 7, 2013, at age 53.[1]Killed from: June 28, 1984 to August 24,1985 [1]

Organized or Disorganized?He was a mixed type. Disorganized : He killed his victims in their homes at random. He overcame them with a fast attack using extreme force. He left many of his victims alive, suggesting spontaneous decision making. He did not disguise his face and left forensic evidence behind. Organized : he brought weapons to the scene and even carried a police frequency scanner. [6]

Phases of KillerTrolling : Ramirez didn't target any specific group of people, instead he claimed that he was a minion of Satam sent to commit the Dark One's dirty work. [5]Wooing + Capture : Ramirez didn't take time to lure his victims and capture them in any way. He simply surprised his victims by breaking into their houses in the middle of the night. This is why he is also reffered to as the " Valley Intruder ". [1]Murder : Once he broke into people's homes, he would usually either shoot or stab his victims. In the case of a couple, Ramirez often shot the husband first, then raped and stabbbed the wife to death. [1]Totem : Ramirez did a variety of Satanic rituals following his killings, including ripping out their eyes and piercing the shape of a pentagram into their thighs. [1]

ConvictionOn September 20, 1989, in an unanimous verdict, Ramirez was found guilty on 43 charges, including 13 counts of murder, 5 counts of attempted murder, 11 sexual assault charges and 14 burglary charges.Ramirez recieved 19 death sentences.[1]After 23 years on death row, Richard Ramirez died in 2013 of natural causes.[1]

A quote said by Ramirez in an interview following his conviction. [3]

Childhood BehaviorRamirez had a troubled childhood and was heavily influenced by an older cousin, Mike, who recently returned from fighting in the Vietnam War. [1] Mike told Ramirez fascinating stories about the torture he had inflicted on several Vietnamese women, along with showing Ramirez horrific pictures of the victims. [1]The two also discussed Satanic worship and smoked marijuana together, and Ramirez's drug habit further alienated him from his Catholic parents. [1] When Mike murdered his wife, Ramirez was present.

Ramirez flashing a pentagram tattooed onto the palm of his hand, a symbol of Satan . [4]

Interesting FactAfter recieving his 19 death sentences, Ramirez said: "No big deal. Death always comes with the territory. I'll see you in Disneyland." [1]

Stable or Transient?Transient : Attacked over a wide variety of locations at random times.Continuously traveled from San Francisco to Los Angeles.[4]

Interesting FactRamirez was addicted to soda as much as he was to drugs, drinking so much until his teeth were completely rotten with halitosis. [3]

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