NETFLIX documentary Night Stalker has brought fresh terror detailing the sickening murders committed by Richard Ramirez – but there’s a host of grim secrets that didn’t make it to TV.
The four-part documentary educates viewers on the American serial killer’s crimes committed in the summer of 1984.
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After his year-and-a-half-long killing spree, Ramirez was finally sent to San Quentin Prison for 13 murders, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries.
Yet despite viewers being left terrified and unable to sleep by the real-life events replayed on the show, there appears to be a lot that the Netflix documentary omitted.
This spans both his childhood and the influence of his bad boy cousin, as well as his time behind bars.
Below, we have unearthed the troubling tit-bits The Night Stalker left out.
Ramirez’s creepy cousin
Richard, pictured as a fresh faced youngster, soon became negatively influenced by his Vietnam veteran cousin Miguel.
He is believed to have shown his younger relative images of him abusing and killing women during the conflict.
Miguel is also thought to have introduced his cousin to the stealth killing military technique.
Ramirez was present on May 4, 1973, when his cousin Mike fatally shot his wife, Jessie, in the face with a .38 caliber revolver during an argument.
The Netflix documentary show’s Ramirez’s footprint as the main incriminating evidence leading to his arrest.
Yet his dental records also came into play – with his poorly looked after teeth adorned with an AC/DC cap also proving crucial.
He was renowned for having rotten and missing teeth and, when a dental card was found in his vehicle, it enabled better artists impressions and formed a key part of court deliberations over his nine decayed gnashers.
Indeed, they are something Ramirez chose to get fixed while he was on Death Row.
Ramirez grew up in El Paso, Texas, the youngest son of Julian and Mercedes Ramirez’s five children.
His dad Julian – a former Mexican policeman – was prone to angry fits, often beating his children.
Ramirez was said to be terrified of his father’s violence and began sleeping in a local cemetery to escape his family life.
He then began smoking marijuana at the age of 10.
Too cool for school
Aged 13, Ramirez became withdrawn from his family, began using LSD and cultivated an interest in Satanism.
Ramirez dropped out of Jefferson High School in the ninth grade and moved to California aged 22.
Just two years later, he committed his first murder, with nine-year-old Mei Leung the victim.
He beat and raped the schoolgirl before stabbing her to death.
During his trial, Ramirez attracted a cult-like following of Satan worshippers who idolized him.
During his incarceration at San Quentin State Prison, Ramirez found love beyond the iron bars and married besotted pen pal Doreen Lioy.
The former magazine editor began writing to Ramirez on a daily basis and she penned him 75 love letters during his incarceration.
Romance blossomed between the pair after frequent visits and Ramirez proposed to Lioy in 1988.
In 1996, the pair officially tied the knot at California’s San Quentin State Prison.
Their marriage lasted seven years until Lioy eventually left Ramirez in 2009, after DNA confirmed he had raped and murdered nine-year-old Mei Leung in 1984.
Juror Phyllis Singletary failed to arrive for Jury service during his trial in 1989.
She was found murdered by a gunshot – with some believing Ramirez was involved in foul play.
It later transpired her husband pulled the trigger, and then turned the gun on himself.
Ramirez was convicted by jury of all charges against on September 20, 1989.
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