The first Night Stalker murder occurred a full year earlier, with the murder of a 79-year-old woman at her home in suburban
By February 1985, two more murders, but Police were keeping details to themselves. They saw no link with the abduction of a six-year-old
The Stalker reverted from child molestation to murder on March 17, shooting 34-year-old Ts Lian Yu, ambushed near her home in
The action moved to
In the meantime, the Night Stalker seemed intent on running up his score. On June 27, 23-year-old Patty Higgins was killed at home in Arcadia, her throat slashed, and 77- year-old Mary Cannon was slain in identical style, less than two miles away, on July 2. Five days later, 61-year-old Joyce Nelson was beaten to death at her home, in
Police were still maintaining silence on the subject of their latest maniac-at-large, but they began to feel the heat on August 6, after 38-year-old Christopher Petersen and his wife Virginia, 27, were critically wounded by gunshots in their Northridge home. Descriptions matched the Stalker, and he struck again on August 8, shooting 35-year-old Elyas Abowath dead in his Diamond Bar home, brutally beating the victim's wife. That night, authorities announced their manhunt for a killer linked with half a dozen recent homicides, a toll that nearly tripled in the next three weeks, with fresh assaults and new evaluation of outstanding cases.
On August 17, the Stalker deserted his normal hunting ground, gunning down 66-year-old Peter Pan at his home in
An all-points bulletin was issued for Ramirez on August 30, his mug shot broadcast on TV, and he was captured by civilians in
A sister of Ramirez told the press he wanted to plead guilty, a desire frustrated by his attorneys, but the suspect made no public display of repentance. Sporting a pentagram on the palm of one hand, Ramirez waved to photographers and shouted "Hail Satan!" during a preliminary court appearance. Back in jail, he told a fellow inmate, "I've killed twenty people, man. I love all that blood."
The Night Stalker trial was another
Subsequently shipped to
Richard Ramirez is still sitting on San Quentin's Death Row. He is still waiting to be tried for the
What is more sick, the fact that this twisted murderous bastard is still alive or the fact that their was some poor woman out there who would agree to marry him???? Check back again tomorrow for our next entry and keep an open mind and remember to keep walking in this big Weird World of ours.
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