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Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker, Cheats Death Row

June 7, 2013

Staff Reports --

Richard Ramirez at San Quentin in 2007

Richard Ramirez, who slashed, shot and sodomized his way across California as the Night Stalker in the 1980s, has died while awaiting execution on death row.

The rapist and murderer, 53, died of liver failure at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, according to authorities.

Ramirez's spree of murder began in April 1984 with the death of 9-year-old Mei Leung, on whose body Ramirez's DNA was later identified, and ended in August 1985 at the hands of an angry mob in East Los Angeles.

After receiving his death sentence, he remarked: "Big deal. Death always went with the territory. See you in Disneyland."

Between times, he sprinkled his crime scenes with satanic symbols and forced his victims to "swear to Satan," and was known for a time as the Walk-in Rapist.

A Los Angeles jury convicted Richard Ramirez for 13 murders, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries. His trial was one of the longest in U.S. history, taking more than four years to complete.

The Night Stalker had a female following in prison, and married freelance journalist Doreen Lioy at San Quentin in 1996.

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