Richard Ramirez, Infamous "Night Stalker" Serial Killer, Dead
Anyone who grew up during the mid-1980s remember the terror that Ramirez inflicted, as his murder-and-rape spree went from Northern California all the way down to Orange County, where Ramirez assaulted a couple in Mission Viejo in 1985 by shooting the man in the head and raping the woman. Miraculously, both survived.
I remember as a small child in Anaheim my parents putting our glass tables next to the windows every night, just in case Ramirez tried to break into our granny shack. And I also remember when Ramirez was finally caught in East Los Angeles in 1985, by a bunch of Mexicans who nearly beat him to death, as my good pal Ben Quiñones so memorably wrote for LA Weekly's 20th-anniversary issue.
KRON-TV Channel 4 reports that Ramirez died of natural causes. More news to come as it becomes available...
For a refresher on the Night Stalker case, watch this jailhouse interview with Ramirez: