RICHARD Ramirez raped and murdered his victims in their own California homes before getting convicted – and his teeth played a major role in him getting caught.
The Texas-born murderer, dubbed the Night Stalker for his killing spree between 1984 and 1985, is said to have gotten a brand new set of chompers while biding his time on death row.
Did Richard Ramirez get his teeth fixed?
Ramirez ended up getting his teeth fixed after his conviction.
As he awaited his trial, Dr. Alfred Otero – a dentist working with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department – fixed the killer’s teeth, according to A&E.
Ramirez had a root canal, several fillings, and his decay treated.
Did Richard Ramirez’s teeth lead to him getting caught?
Ramirez’s rotting teeth did lead him getting caught after a 13-year-old boy named Joseph Romero III spotted him, A&E reported.
Police later confirmed the man he saw was Ramirez.
The lead detective with the LA County Sheriff’s department, who was working during the Ramirez’s killing spree, revealed his teeth helped solve the case.
According to UPI Archives, Detective Frank Salerno said: “Our biggest clues were his teeth and feet, and that’s where we focused our energy.”
Ray Garcia, a former schoolmate of Ramirez, once recalled his former friend eating “mostly junk food” and “never brushed his teeth.”
Ramirez’s lack of hygiene and drug use – led to tooth decay and a loss of teeth.
According to forensic dentists, Ramirez had nine decayed teeth and a few missing teeth during his trial.
Ramirez – dubbed a cocaine addict and a satanist by those close to him – was ultimately caught in August 1985, after traveling from Arizona to California by bus.
A group of elderly woman recognized him as “The Killer” – leading him to carjack a woman in an escape attempt.
After being chased away, and attempted to carjack two others, he was captured by a group of civilians who waited for police to arrive on scene.
What was he convicted of?
Ramirez was was convicted on 13 counts of murder, five counts of attempted murder, 11 counts of sexual assault, and 14 counts of burglary.
He was convicted of all charges against on September 20, 1989.
The charges were in connection to his horrifying acts that took place in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Ramirez died at the age of 53 at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, California, on June 7, 2013.
His death – which occurred after Ramirez was one death row for more than 23 years – was from complications secondary to B-cell lymphoma.
Who were Richard Ramirez’s victims?
Ramirez has at least 14 victims – differing widely in terms of their age.
Despite having raped people prior to June 1984, he wasn’t caught until August 1985.
He was busted after his killing spree in the greater Los Angeles area and San Francisco area.
Ramirez’s first murder victim was nine-year-old Mei Leung, who he beat and raped before stabbing her to death.
Her body was later found hanging from a pipe in April 1984.
His Night Stalker killing spree began in June 1984 and started with 79-year-old Jennie Vincow.
On June 28, 1984, Vincow stabbed repeatedly as she was sleeping in bed. She was found nearly decapitated.
Ramirez then fatally shot 34-year-old Dayle Yoshie Okazaki in the forehead on March 17, 1985.
Maria Hernandez, 22, was also shot, but recovered from her injuries.
What is the Night Stalker docuseries on Netflix?
“Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer” is Netflix’s new docuseries that debuted on January 13, 2021.
Ramirez did not target specific victims: they included men, women, children and they ranged in age from six to 82.
His methodology for hunting and killing his victims in the middle of the night while they were asleep earned him the nickname the Night Stalker.
The trailer depicts first-person interviews with witnesses who came face-to-face with Ramirez.
Investigators who worked on the case are also heard in the trailer, as one remembers vividly “sleeping with his gun.”
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