Richard Ramirez: Detective Who Captured Serial Killer Speaks Out

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. His name and face were soon revealed in the media. He was captured in Arizona in August 1985, when a crowd of people held him — and beat him up — until police arrived.

It took years before the case went to trial, but on September 20, 1989, Ramirez was convicted

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