In the 1980s, a serial killer was on the loose in Los Angeles — but his methods baffled authorities.
The killer used a wide variety of weapons: handguns, knives, a machete, and even a tire iron. Some of his victims were robbed; others were raped. Some were fatally shot.
Even more inexplicably, the man — who the media dubbed the Night Stalker — left some victims alive, seemingly at random. From April 1984 to August 1985, he killed at least 14 people.
Eventually, police identified the Night Stalker as 25-year-old drifter Richard Muñoz Ramirez. He was captured in Arizona in August 1985.
It took years before the case went to trial, but on September 20, 1989, Ramirez was convicted of 13 counts murders, 5 attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults, and 14 burglaries. He was sentenced to 13 death sentences. Due to California’s lengthy appeals process,