Why, yes I am famous. Thanks for asking.
At what point does a serial killer suddenly become a rock star type figure? One minute they’re murdering husbands, raping the wives and buggering their kids and the next they have groupies attending their court trials and start to become notoriously famous, with some women even going so far as to ignore solid, real, conclusive evidence while declaring them to be innocent and then fighting over said killer with other deluded women and then going on to marry the killer.
One serial killer – The Night Stalker, aka Richard Ramirez is a prime example. Terrorising Los Angeles in the 1980’s, he killed over 14 people, raping and savagely beating many of the women and also sodomizing boys as young as 8 years old. With some burglary thrown in. And a bit of satanism.
Yet someone still wrote to him in jail, and had the cheek to implore everyone else to see the human being inside of him, while she got busy falling in love with him and calling him innocent. Er,hello?! He beat women over the head with a tyre iron, stabbed people, shot people, mutilated and tortured and then raped people and admitted it and to this day still has no remorse whatsoever, still declaring himself to be a Satan worshipper. Wake up woman!
Richard Ramirez and his wife Doreen Lioy.
My first problem is that this animal is on death row. How on earth did he earn the privilege and right to get married?! Apparently, Other women tried to steal him away from her, visiting him in prison and lavishing him with all kinds of attention. Doreen often ran into them when she came to for her visits, and at least one woman threatened physical violence if Doreen didn’t abandon her claim on the Night Stalker. But Doreen persevered, and in the end she got her man.She claimed to be a virgin at the time of their wedding, and marrying Ramirez wouldn’t change that because conjugal visits are not permitted for death-row inmate (source : http://www.trutv.com)
Richards Ramirez – defiant in court:
Yes. He looks really sorry about everything, doesn’t he?
People who murder intrigue the rest of us. Morbid fascination compells us to read about it, follow it on the news and no matter how we try, we can’t look away. It’s human nature and the reason we do it is because we’re trying to understand what the hell goes on inside the minds of these people – what drove them to commit their first murder, where they came from, what kind of life they had…..it’s possible to look into Richard Ramirez’s past and feel some sympathy. He had grand mal epileptic seizures, was a witness to his first murder at the age of 13 when his Uncle Mike shot his wife in the face at point blank range, and he was exposed to material and photos that a boy that age frankly had no business seeing. Still, when you grow up you know what’s right and wrong and Richard Ramirez knew the score – and he didn’t care about the consequences :
“No big deal, death always comes with the territory. I’ll see you in Disneyland.”
“I love to kill people. I love to watch them die. I would shoot them in the head and they would wiggle and squirm all over the place, and then just stop. Or I would cut them with a knife and watch their faces turn real white. I love all that blood.”
“You don’t understand me. You are not expected to. You are not capable of it. I am beyond your experience. I am beyond good and evil.”
I understand that whether we like it or not, these people are out there (or in Ramirez’s case in there (prison) and on Death Row). I can’t understand him or anyone who kills for pleasure, personal gain or the fun of it but I get that those fuckers are out there. What’s worse than a serial killer…? I’ll tell you what! The sick people who idolise them, shouting about their innocence even when the killer themselves have admitted what they have done. Convicted serial killers deserve to be punished and shunned by the rest of society. It’s not okay to kill, rape, terrorise or torture any other human being and it’s not okay to give the seal of approval to those who do. It makes you just as bad.
But hey! Do YOU want to write to Richard?! You can! Amazing, no?
I know, I know. I can’t pick up my pen & paper fast enough either…….
Richard Ramirez pen’pal’ link : HERE
Remorseless interview in which interviewer clearly approves of Richard, HERE.
12.12.2013 Edited to add : you can no longer click on the vault link to view Richard’s profile – it’s now been removed as he passed away earlier this year.