The summer of 1985 was one of terror for the residents of Los Angeles, California. No one was safe from the equal-opportunity serial killer who had been dubbed “The Night Stalker” (after first being uncreatively called “The Walk-In Killer) for his late night attacks in their homes, often gaining entry through the windows they had left open in an effort to escape the oppressive heat.
The Night Stalker seemed to feed off his own violence, sometimes killing multiple victims in a single night. The ages, genders, ethnicity, and races of his victims were as varied as his manner of attack.
The kind of serial killer that’s hard for investigators to catch. Unless they leave living victims who bravely report the crimes and provide clear descriptions of their attacker.
But they did and true crime author Philip Carlo details just how in his 2006 book The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez – the best Richard Ramirez book you’ll ever read!
So very richly detailed from the birth of a serial killer on Leap Year day to immigrant parents of meager means in El Paso, Texas to the chilling, violent murders and the intensive hunt for a crazed killer, from the self-proclamation of being the “right hand of Satan” to the “Ramirez girls” who’ve made him a death row celebrity, readers of the book will be unable to put it down.
Or ever sleep with a window open again.
The Night Stalker is 592 pages. I read it in less than 2 days. What does that tell you?
Simply put: fascinating. A book well written, and EXTREMELY up close and personal in all aspects. Not just a “must read,” but a “MUST READ” for fans of the true crime genre.
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