Everyone likes to hear a twisted serial killer tale despite its unusual nature. The staggering amount of movies that adapted serial murder stories is enough to suggest people’s fascination with serial killers.
Do you also like reading about terrifyinghomicidal maniacs? This article will discuss one of history’s most violent killers, nicknamed, “The Night Stalker.”
Richard Ramirez was a cold-hearted murderer who devastated people across America. Some would say that he was the real-life incarnation of the boogeyman, while others would argue that his vile acts surpassed any mythical figure.
A Traumatic Childhood
Born and raised in Texas, Richard Ramirez did not have a pleasant childhood. He had an abusive father who viciously beat him every day.
Richard even sustained multiple head injuries that caused him to suffer from epileptic seizures.
Ramirez would try to escape his father, but he would stop him and inflict severe punishments.
The young boy would then start spending time with Miguel, his cousin, who was also a war veteran.
Richard believed that he was in good company but soon learned that Miguel also had a dark side.
His cousin was a woman abuser, and his habit grew each time he returned from duty.
He would even bring graphic photos and show them to Richard. One of the pictures depicted Miguel holding a girl’s severed head.
Things got worse later as Richard Ramirez’s cousin killed his wife by shooting her multiple times. What’s worse, the murder happened in front of Richard.
The event was a turning point for a thirteen-year-old boy and made him a sullen, hardened man.
Richard Ramirez wasn’t an abused and scared young boy anymore. Instead, he began to develop a dark side of his own.
The soon to be murdered started consuming various drugs such a cocaine and LSD. Richard also developed an interest in Satanism and practiced it until he died.
Richard Ramirez was still under the influence of his older cousin.
The authorities arrested Miguel on suspicion for murdering his wife, but the judge ruled him not guilty, ordering him to spend four years in a mental asylum.