Serial killer Richard Ramirez’s murder spree as the Night Stalker will become the new focus of the latest Netflix true crime documentary series.
Following just a month after the launch of another limited series on The Yorkshire Ripper, Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer launched it’s trailer and shows harrowing first-person accounts of those who were affected by the case.
It mainly follows the case from a criminal perspective, with the case being followed from its beginning in 1984, through to its end as they finally caught him.
The four-part series, released in January, will also detail how he managed to evade the police for so long, and the young LA detective who was put in charge of the case as California remained terrorised by the mystery killer.
Eventually he was caught in August 1985, but had killed at least 13 people and injured, sexually assaulted and traumatised dozens of others.
Here’s what you need to know about the case.
Who was Richard Ramirez?
Ramirez was 24 years old when he started his killing spree, and seemingly chose his victims at random.
The victims were men, women, and children, aged between six to 82, and came from different neighbourhoods, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds – so at first, the LAPD did not connect them.
He is responsible for 14 murders overall – each time breaking into their homes before assaulting and killing them in increasingly brutal ways.
Ramirez was eventually caught when his final victims, Bill Carns and fiancée, Inez Erickson, survived their brutal attacks – despite Carns being shot in the head.
Giving a vivid description of the attacker, a fingerprint identifying Ramirez was found in their stolen car once it was recovered. He also left a boot print behind.
Apprehended after being spotted at a convenience store, Ramirez was arrested and in 1988 entered the courtroom with a pentagram on his hand, and declared Hail Satan when he was sworn in.
Ramirez was found guilty of thirteen counts of murder, five attempted murders, eleven sexual assaults, and fourteen burglaries, and was sentenced to death row, to die by gas chamber.
He responded by saying death ‘came with the territory’ and unapologetically declared: ‘See you in Disneyland.’
He remained on death row for 23 years, before eventually dying of cancer in 2013 at the age of 53.
What does Night Stalker: The Hunt for A Serial Killer cover?
Night Stalker: The Hunt for A Serial Killer will cover the case around the time that it happened, including the methods Ramirez used to evade capture.
The synopsis from Netflix reads: ‘Told through harrowing first-person interviews, gripping archival footage and spectacular original photography, this four-part series represents the definitive telling of this iconic L.A. real-life horror story, painting a portrait of how it felt to live in fear at a time when absolutely anyone could be the Night Stalker’s next victim.’
Night Stalker: The Hunt for A Serial Killer launches January 13 on Netflix.