Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez, known as Richard Ramirez, was an American serial killer, serial rapist, and burglar. His highly publicized home invasion crime spree terrorized the residents of the greater Los Angeles area and the San Francisco area from June 1984 until August 1985. Ramirez, who claimed to be a Satanist, never expressed any remorse for his crimes. He died of complications from B-cell lymphoma while awaiting execution on California’s death row.
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Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez, known as Richard Ramirez, was an American serial killer, serial rapist, and burglar. His highly publicized home invasion crime spree terrorized the residents of the greater Los Angeles area and the San Francisco area from June 1984 until August 1985. He used a wide variety of weapons, including handguns, knives, a machete, a tire iron, and a hammer. Ramirez, who claimed to be a Satanist, never expressed any remorse for his crimes. Ramirez died of complications from B-cell lymphoma while awaiting execution on California’s death row. The judge who upheld Ramirez’s nineteen death sentences remarked that his deeds exhibited ‘cruelty, callousness, and viciousness beyond any human understanding’ Ramirez was born in El Paso, Texas on February 29, 1960, the youngest of Julian and Mercedes Ramirez’s five children. His father Julian, a Mexican national and former Juarez, Mexico policeman who later became a laborer on the Santa Fe railroad, was prone to fits of anger that often resulted in physical abuse. As a 12-year-old, Richard was strongly influenced by his older cousin, Miguel Ramirez, a decorated U.S. Army Green Beret combat veteran who often boasted of his gruesome exploits during the Vietnam War. Mike was found not guilty of Jessie’s murder by reason of insanity and was released in 1977, after four years of incarceration at the Texas State Mental Hospital. Mike taught his young cousin some of his military skills, such as killing with stealth.
Around this time, Ramirez began to seek escape from his father’s violent temper by sleeping in a local cemetery. While still in school, he took a job at a local Holiday Inn, where he used his passkey to rob sleeping patrons. His employment ended abruptly after a hotel guest returned to his room to find Ramirez attempting to rape his wife. In 2016, officials disclosed evidence of a second suspect, identified through a DNA sample retrieved from the scene, who is believed to have been present at Leung’s murder. Authorities have not publicly identified the suspect, described as being a juvenile at the time, and have not brought charges due to the lack of evidence. In 2009, Ramirez’s DNA was matched to a sample obtained at this crime scene. She had been stabbed repeatedly while asleep in her apartment in Glassell Park, Los Angeles. On June 28, 1984, Jennie Vincow was found brutally murdered in her bed, and her throat was slashed so deeply that she was nearly decapitated. On March 17, 1985, Ramirez attacked Maria Hernandez outside her home in Rosemead, California, shooting her in the face with a. 22 caliber handgun after she pulled off the keys in her hands as she lifted them to protect herself. Ramirez’s fingerprint was found on a mesh screen on an open window that he removed to gain access to an open door. He raped and beat the girl before stabbing her to death, and hanged her body from a pipe.