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Court Upholds 'Night Stalker' Death Sentence (Richard Ramirez Accused Of Killing 13 In Mid-1980s)
NBC4 ^ | August 7, 2006

Posted on 08/07/2006 4:19:09 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Richard Ramirez Accused Of Killing 13 People In Mid-1980s

LOS ANGELES -- The state Supreme Court today upheld the death sentence of "Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez, who is on death row for 13 murders he committed during a crime spree that terrorized the Southland in the 1980s.

In a 104-page ruling, the state's highest court unanimously rejected Ramirez's claim that numerous errors were made in his trial in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Ramirez, who is now 46 and on death row at San Quentin State Prison, was sentenced to die for the crimes after a high-profile trial.

Along with the murders, he was convicted of 30 other counts -- including attempted murder, rape and first-degree burglary -- for the nighttime killings between June 1984 and August 1985 that made the self-proclaimed devil worshipper one of California's most notorious criminals.

Ramirez's appellate attorney, Geraldine S. Russell, told the California Supreme Court at a hearing in June that Ramirez did not receive a fair trial.

Among the defense's contentions were that two of Ramirez's trial attorneys, Daniel Hernandez and Arturo Hernandez, were not qualified for such a massive case, that Ramirez's mental competence should have been probed, and that the trial court erred in rejecting his motion for a change of venue in his trial.

Associate Justice Carlos R. Moreno, writing on behalf of the panel, rejected all of those claims.

Ramirez committed murders in Glassell Park, Rosemead, Whittier, Monterey Park, Monrovia, Arcadia, Glendale, Sun Valley and Diamond Bar. His crime spree also extended to San Francisco and Orange County, where an engineer was shot but survived an attack in which his fiancee was raped.

In one slaying, the former drifter from El Paso gouged out a woman's eyes. Just over a year after being caught by a group of angry East Los Angeles residents, he called a guard over to his jail cell and showed photographs of two of the murder victims.

At his sentencing hearing, Ramirez rocked back and forth and turned to grin at the audience, vowing that he would be "avenged."

"You maggots made me sick, hypocrites one and all. We are all expendable for a cause, and no one knows that better than those who kill for policy, clandestinely or openly, as do the governments of the world which kill in the name of God and country and for whatever else they deem appropriate," Ramirez said then.

"You don't understand me," he said just before being sentenced to death. "You are not expected to. You are not capable of it. I am beyond your experience. I am beyond good and evil."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; US: California
KEYWORDS: deathrow; nightstalker; ramirez; satanism; serialkiller

1 posted on 08/07/2006 4:19:09 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway



The worms should've finished off that SOB's worthless carcass a long time ago.


2 posted on 08/07/2006 4:26:22 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: nickcarraway

He is in a league with Charles Manson.


3 posted on 08/07/2006 4:26:31 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: nickcarraway

It is a national disgrace that this guy is still living.

I remember the panic he instilled in Southern Californians during his murder spree. One of his murders took place within a block of my home.

It was a hot summer. In those days many in the area didn't have great air-conditioning. At night, they cracked the windows for a little comfort.

The night this guy hit near our house, my wife thought she heard someone trying our windows. Instead the guy broke into the house of an elderly couple and literally slaughtered them. There was blood all over their home.

Just let the public have this guy, they'll know what to do even if our officials can't figure it out.


4 posted on 08/07/2006 4:26:41 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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To: nickcarraway

Is the guy related to Jerry Rivers?


5 posted on 08/07/2006 4:27:51 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Yep, I was living in San Francisco at the time, feeling pretty safe, when suddenly he showed up in my neighborhood and slaughtered an elderly Chinese couple. This guy's a demon straight out of hell if there ever was one.


6 posted on 08/07/2006 4:31:09 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: nickcarraway

McVeigh was executed before the ink dried. Sure seems like someone wanted him dead and dead fast.


7 posted on 08/07/2006 4:46:46 PM PDT by fso301
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To: fso301
"McVeigh was executed before the ink dried. Sure seems like someone wanted him dead and dead fast."

That's because he gave up on his appeals.
8 posted on 08/07/2006 4:51:53 PM PDT by Moral Hazard (The "missing links" in evolution are nothing compared to the extraneous links in intelligent design.)
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To: nickcarraway

Have a good rot, Dick.

And, hey, don't forget who's waiting for you when you finally check out.


9 posted on 08/07/2006 4:55:33 PM PDT by Steely Tom
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To: DoughtyOne
I lived in LA at the time.

The people who caught him should have finished him off.

10 posted on 08/07/2006 4:58:37 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: DoughtyOne
The night this guy hit near our house, my wife thought she heard someone trying our windows.

What a brush with fate, its a shame this guy wasn't stopped in his tracks earlier in his career. Sad that your neighbors weren't as lucky.

11 posted on 08/07/2006 4:59:55 PM PDT by Mark was here (How can they be called "Homeless" if their home is a field?.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Hate to say it, but we're pretty close to agreement on that.


12 posted on 08/07/2006 5:01:07 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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To: Mark was here

It was something that was very difficult for the children of the old couple to deal with. The house finally sold about five years later, as I recall.


13 posted on 08/07/2006 5:02:05 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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To: DoughtyOne

That gives me the shivers. I can't believe he's still alive. What good is voting for a death sentence when the criminals will die of old age?


14 posted on 08/07/2006 5:58:49 PM PDT by CottonBall
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To: nickcarraway
Ramirez, who is now 46 and on death row at San Quentin State Prison, was sentenced to die for the crimes after a high-profile trial.

THIS IS NOT JUSTICE.

The British had absolutely the right sense of things. A quick trial, a quick appeal, to be quickly followed by a swift execution. This, and ONLY this, has been PROVEN to be a complete and total deterrent to violent crime.

15 posted on 08/07/2006 5:59:12 PM PDT by detsaoT (Proudly not "dumb as a journalist.")
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To: nickcarraway
...so how long will we have to wait for the party?
16 posted on 08/07/2006 6:04:11 PM PDT by bannie (HILLARY: Not all perversions are sexual.)
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To: nickcarraway
"You maggots made me sick, hypocrites one and all."

You are long overdue to meet your maker, Satan-Boy.

17 posted on 08/07/2006 6:06:48 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: CottonBall

Well it is frustrating to say the least.


18 posted on 08/07/2006 6:28:53 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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To: detsaoT

The Brits? So did "we", at one time. The classic case, the fellow who tried to shoot president-elect Roosevelt in 1932. He did shoot Mayor "Tony" Cermak, of Chicago, who lingered for a couple weeks before dying. The perp was tried and convicted, midstream for murder, and sentenced to death, executed - in less than a month.


19 posted on 08/07/2006 6:34:16 PM PDT by Freedom4US
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To: Psycho_Bunny
Read a book about him. Scary stuff. The people who caught him were almost all Mexican, and they hated him because he, being Mexican, had caused them a lot of grief. He was, IIRC, rescued by the police, or they might have killed him. The woman referenced in the article who had her eyes gouged out actually had Ramirez, as she got to a shotgun and tried to shoot him. Unfortunately, her husband had unloaded the shotgun because their grandchildren were visiting. Ramirez shot the husband in the head while he was asleep. According to the book, Ramirez got a lot of fan mail, particuarly from women. Many sent him nude photos, one of herself nude laying in a casket. Some had fantasies of helping him commit murders, others of being murdered by him.

The book went into some detail about some of the things he did, and they were evil beyond belief. I won't recount them here.

By the way, the police had gotten some footprints from some homes Ramirez had broken into. It was their first break in the case. Dianne Feinstein, then mayor of San Francisco, held a press conference and revealed this information. Ramirez dumped the shoes.

20 posted on 08/07/2006 6:45:26 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (The most important thing is sincerity. Once you can fake that, everything else is easy.)
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To: Freedom4US

(Obviously, our criminal justice system was modelled after the British Colonial system which preceded it. My point being, the panti-waists who are currently administering "justice" in this country are WAY off base.)


21 posted on 08/07/2006 6:47:52 PM PDT by detsaoT (Proudly not "dumb as a journalist.")
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To: Richard Kimball
What is it about women who write to serial killers in prison? I just don't get that.

I lived in San Diego while this was going on; I can't remember if he did any killings down there or not. They seemed to be mostly in L.A. and San Francisco.

22 posted on 08/07/2006 7:30:24 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

The only thing I can figure is that there are some women out there that are as twisted and evil as some of the men are.


23 posted on 08/07/2006 7:58:54 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (The most important thing is sincerity. Once you can fake that, everything else is easy.)
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To: Richard Kimball
Dianne Feinstein, then mayor of San Francisco, held a press conference and revealed this information.

To our national shame, that piece of excrement now infests the Senate of the United States.

24 posted on 08/07/2006 8:40:15 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: DoughtyOne; All
It is a national disgrace that this guy is still living.

Worth repeating!

25 posted on 08/08/2006 1:42:15 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Support Arnold-McClintock or embrace higher taxes, gay weddings with Angelides.)
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To: newzjunkey

Thanks. Agreed.


26 posted on 08/08/2006 8:29:50 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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To: A CA Guy

Why would you think someone named Richard Ramirez is related to Geraldo?


27 posted on 08/08/2006 8:31:41 AM PDT by Xenalyte (who is having the best day ever!)
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To: DoughtyOne
One of his murders took place within a block of my home.

How frightening. You must have been living in fear until he was caught.

I read a lot of true crime books but almost could not finish the Night Stalker story.

What a vile creature.

28 posted on 08/08/2006 8:37:19 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (We are all foot soldiers in this War On Terror.)
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To: Churchillspirit

Well, it was something we thought about, but I wouldn't term it as fear. I was never worked up over it, but it was something we were cognisant of.

He was a vile individual. I didn't read much about him, but it was evident the guy was into the Satanic thing and was a sub-human beast.

It baffles me how it can take this long to put a person like him to death.

We could have the devil himself, knowing it, and still take decades to do him in.


29 posted on 08/08/2006 8:49:56 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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To: Xenalyte

Family resemblence maybe? Reminds me of Jerry Rivers before the chair broke his nose.


30 posted on 08/08/2006 11:52:06 AM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: A CA Guy

Hmmmmm . . . he does have those wide-apart eyes and wide nose bridge that Geraldo used to have, pre-Nazi. (That was a killer show, btw. I skipped class to see the skinheads.)


31 posted on 08/08/2006 11:56:22 AM PDT by Xenalyte (who is having the best day ever!)
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To: Moral Hazard
That's because he gave up on his appeals.

Weren't there other murderers who gave up on their appeals and their lawyers just did their appeals anyway?

32 posted on 08/08/2006 12:17:39 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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"Weren't there other murderers who gave up on their appeals and their lawyers just did their appeals anyway?"

McVeigh is the only one I've heard of that's given up on his appeals at the federal level, though their have been some others convicted at the state level that have.

You're partly right on the point that their lawyers go on appealing anyway. Usually what happens is the defendant's lawyer appeals the defendant's decision to stop pursuing appeals based upon some form of mental incompetence (such as severe depression).

The result of this is usually a judge appoints a psychiatrist to examine the defendant, the psychiatrist declares him competent, and the appeal is dismissed. There may be exceptions to this, but I'm not aware of any.
33 posted on 08/08/2006 12:56:53 PM PDT by Moral Hazard (The "missing links" in evolution are nothing compared to the extraneous links in intelligent design.)
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To: nickcarraway

He should write some children books and get nominated for a noble peace prize.


34 posted on 08/08/2006 5:18:52 PM PDT by CurlyQ
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