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John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Sun Jun 9 23:32:37 MDT 2013


How Ramirez 'earned' Night Stalker moniker

Exclusive: Joseph Farah recalls momentous capture 
of vicious serial killer, rapist

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  <http://www.wnd.com/author/jfarah/>Joseph Farah 
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"Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez

One of the most ruthless, vicious serial 
rapist-killers in American history died Friday, 
reportedly of natural causes, while serving the 
last 24 years of his life time on California’s inappropriately named death row.

His name was Richard Ramirez. And there’s a story 
behind how he became known as the “Night Stalker.”

The news stories about his death alluded to his 
“earning” the moniker. Since I am the guy who 
bestowed that title on him, here’s the rest of the story.

Ramirez wasn’t just your run-of-the-mill serial 
killer – even by California standards. He 
terrorized the entire state by breaking into 
homes at night, raping women, boys and 
and then strangling them, slashing their throats or shooting them.

He would force mothers to watch him sodomize 
their sons before they were both murdered. He 
would have sex with some of the corpses. He would 
spray-paint Satanic symbols on the walls of some of the victims’ homes.

He was ultimately convicted of 13 murders during 
a spree of several months, ending Aug. 31, 1985.

How did it end?

The police were able to put together a sketch of 
Ramirez based on sightings. It was published the 
same day on the front page of the newspaper I 
worked for at the time, the Los Angeles Herald 
Examiner. Within hours, Ramirez was spotted by 
citizens in East L.A. who captured him and beat him until police arrived.

I couldn’t help but feel a little bit of 
responsibility for his capture, having made the 
decision to put that police sketch on the front 
page of the paper that day. In fact, some of 
those beating him actually held copies of the 
paper in their hands as they held him for police.

Before I dubbed him the “Night Stalker” in a 
72-point headline across the front page that 
read, “The Night Stalker’s deadly trail,” he was 
known by other feeble names, like the “Valley 
Intruder.” That didn’t seem appropriate for 
someone who murdered in valleys, on hills and 
across the state in prolific and gruesome 
Los Angeles Times can’t even tell the truth about 
the naming of a serial killer.)

I actually won an award for that headline from the Hearst Corporation.

Naming serial killers was something of an art 
form in California. There were so many. But there 
was no one quite like Ramirez.

At his 
he held up his hand with a pentagram scrawled on it and shouted, “Hail Satan!”

I have to say that covering Ramirez’s bloody 
trail actually brought me closer to God.

Ramirez was associated with a Hispanic gang of 
Satan worshippers called the Stoners before he 
began freelancing. I had a run-in with that gang one very dark night in L.A.


At the time, I was working at night, directing 
the newsroom operation. Because I started my 
shift later in the day, all of the premium 
parking spaces inside the fenced perimeter of the 
paper were taken. So I had to improvise by 
parking in a lonely, secluded, dark parking lot 
across the street. It was completely shrouded by 
buildings except for an alleyway entrance.

Normally I would 
my car inside the compound just after dark, after 
spaces opened up when the day crew left. But on 
more than one occasion, I simply forgot.

I usually wouldn’t leave the paper until about 2 
a.m. On one particular occasion, as I entered the 
alleyway, I saw a group of somewhere between 50 
and 100 gangbangers having a late-night block 
party in the parking lot. There were bonfires 
burning, broken beer and whiskey bottles 
littering the ground and the distinct odor of marijuana burning.

My car was about 100 feet in front of me – the 
longest 100 feet I ever traversed in my memory.

As I began to approach the car, the Stoners began 
to converge toward me. I had to race them to the 
car, unlock the door, get in, start the car and 
high-tail it out of that narrow alleyway before I was beaten to death.

There was no other option. On foot, I was a dead man.

Just when it looked like I was going to make it, 
I glanced at the little Chevy and realized the 
windows had already been smashed on all sides. 
That made opening the door a little easier, but 
it meant sitting down on shards of broken glass. 
That’s what I did. Fortunately the car started 
right up and I took off – all the while feeling glass penetrating my derriere.

As I approached the alleyway and escape, I saw in 
my rear-view mirror that the entire group of 
Stoners was chasing me on foot, hurling bottles, 
cursing me and shouting incomprehensible 
epithets. Some were no more than 10 feet behind me.

But I made it out – alive. I literally counted my 
blessings that night. I thanked God as soon as my 
racing heartbeat approached normalcy.

Shortly thereafter, I bought my first handgun.

That was several months before I named Ramirez 
the “Night Stalker.” I always wondered if he was in that party.

I guess I’ll never know.

Now he’s dead and, apparently, getting the 
unrepentant desires of his heart – eternity in hell.

That’s my Richard Ramirez story.
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