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Ricardo "Richard" Leyva Muñoz Ramírez (/rəˈmɪərɛz/; February 29, 1960 – June 7, 2013), dubbed the Valley Intruder (as his attacks were first clustered in the San Gabriel Valley) and the Night Stalker,[1] was an American serial killer, serial rapist, kidnapper, child abuser, and burglar, convicted in 1989.

Born in El Paso, Texas, Ramirez's childhood is considered an influence on his crimes. His father, Julián, a heavy drinker, was prone to fits of anger that often resulted in physical abuse, causing Ramirez to seek escape by sleeping in a local cemetery. As a 12-year-old, Ramirez was strongly influenced by his older cousin, Miguel ("Mike") Ramirez, a decorated Green Beret combat veteran who showed Richard Ramirez polaroid photos of his gruesome atrocities during the Vietnam War. The photos included him raping both female Vietcong rebels and Vietnamese women and girls suspected of being loyal to the communist forces in the region, and their subsequent murder by decapitation with a machete afterwards. He also taught Ramirez some of his military skills that he would go on to use during his year long killing spree. In 1973, after his cousin Mike was incarcerated for murdering his wife during an argument, which the then-13-year-old Richard was in the room to witness, Ramirez moved in with his older sister, Ruth, and her husband, Roberto, an obsessive "peeping Tom" who took Ramirez along on his nocturnal exploits. Sometime between the 8th and 9th grade when Richard was approximately 14 years old, Ramirez began using LSD, and cultivated a strong interest in Satanism and the occult.

Ramirez's highly publicized home invasion and murder crime spree terrorized the residents of the Greater Los Angeles area and later the residents of the San Francisco Bay Area from June 1984 until August 1985. He used a wide variety of weapons, including handguns, knives, a machete, a tire iron, and a claw hammer. In 1989, Ramirez was convicted of thirteen counts of murder, five attempted murders, eleven sexual assaults, and fourteen burglaries.[2] The judge who upheld Ramirez's nineteen death sentences remarked that his deeds exhibited "cruelty, callousness, and viciousness beyond any human understanding".[3] Ramirez, who never expressed any remorse for his crimes, died on June 7, 2013 of complications from B-cell lymphoma while awaiting execution on California's death row.[1] Richard Ramirez had spent roughly 24 years on death row before his death from cancer in prison.

Ramirez was born in El Paso, Texas, on February 29, 1960, the youngest of Julián and Mercedes Ramirez's five children.[4] His father Julián, a Mexican national and former Ciudad Juárez policeman who later became a laborer on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway,[5] was an alcoholic who was prone to fits of anger that often resulted in physical abuse towards his wife and children.[6]

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