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Richard Ramirez Essay

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Richard Ramirez

The Timeline and Victims of Richard Ramirez
April 10, 1984: 9-year-old Mei Leung is found hanging over a pipe in the basement of her apartment building at 765 O’Farrell St.
June 1984: Jennie Vincow’s throat is slashed in her Los Angeles apartment.
Nov. 13, 1984: Famed San Francisco chef Masataka Kobayashi is found dead in his Nob Hill apartment at 1111 Pine St.
Feb. 20, 1985: Mary and Christina Caldwell, ages 70 and 58, respectively, are stabbed dozens of times in their Telegraph Hill apartment.
March 17, 1985: Dale Okazaki and Tsai-Lian Yu are shot.
March 28, 1985: Vincent and Maxine Zazzara are shot.
May 14, 1985: William and Lillian Doi are attacked while sleeping. Lillian survives.
May 29, 1985: Mabel Bell, 84, is violently beaten.
June 2, 1985: Edward Wildgans, 29, is shot through the right temple by a ...view middle of the document...

Within 12 hours, he is captured by citizens.

Ramirez attacked many of his victims in their homes in the early hours of the morning. Many were handcuffed to beds and tortured.

Ramirez was a serial killer who boasted of Satanic loyalties and displayed a pentagram symbol on his hand. Ramirez read The Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey in the summer of 1978. He believed that Satan protected him during his home invasions. It would be hard to pinpoint exactly what influences sent Richard Ramirez in the direction of devil worship. He often drew a five-point pentagram, the symbol of the devil, on his own body, and at his trial he would shout, “Hail Satan!” in open court. His terrified victims would be forced to promise Ramirez that they had turned over all of their valuables to him, and he’d make them say, “I swear to Satan.” “Swear upon Satan that you won’t scream for help,” he told one victim. After killing one woman’s husband Ramirez forced her to swear allegiance to Satan. In one case Ramirez forced a woman to declare her love for Satan. Ramirez forced at least four females to swear to Satan. Ramirez also drew pentagrams on the body of Mabel Bell and on her bedroom walls.

On August 31, 1985, Ramirez tried to steal a Mustang, not noticing that the owner was under the car. When he heard the car start, the man got up and forcibly pulled Ramirez out of the car. Ramirez then ran across the street and tired to steal another car, but the driver called for help. A neighbor heard the noise and called the police. When Ramirez was recognized from the published mugshot, a bunch of residents banded together, caught him and managed to hold him down until police arrived and arrested him. His trial for 14 counts of murder and 31 other felony counts didn't take long and included hundreds of pieces of evidence against him.

While he was trying to escape the police, he ran into a Hispanic neighborhood, this was where he was chased down by local civillians. He was beat around the head with a metal pole which left a gash on his head.

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