The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez

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Here at last is the definitive account of America's most feared serial murderer, based on sixty hours of personal interviews with Richard Ramirez himself. You will follow Richard on his odyssey into depravity and mind-numbing violence. You'll listen to an unprecedented police manhunt gather force to capture The Night Stalker. Includes audio segments of Richard Ramirez discussing "the death rattle", sex, & how to avoid being a victim.
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Here at last is the definitive account of America's most feared serial murderer, based on sixty hours of personal interviews with Richard Ramirez himself. You will follow Richard on his odyssey into depravity and mind-numbing violence. You'll listen to an unprecedented police manhunt gather force to capture The Night Stalker. Includes audio segments of Richard Ramirez discussing "the death rattle", sex, & how to avoid being a victim.
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Richard Ramirez terrorized Los Angeles and the surrounding communities during his reign of terror as "The Night Stalker." By the time he was captured, he had killed 13 people. This account of his sordid deeds spends much time describing the crimes in grisly detail. By far the most interesting part of the presentation is the author's taped interview with Ramirez, during which Ramirez talks about his beliefs, his theories on other serial killers, his drug abuse, and how it feels to be on death row. Listeners will be surprised to find that Ramirez is intelligent and funny: how could this seemingly ordinary man have committed such heinous acts? Danny Aiello is an adequate reader and the background music choice, "Night on Bald Mountain," is inspired. While the account suffers from unevenness at times, the interview more than atones. Recommended for most true crime collections.-Danna C. Bell-Russel, District of Columbia P.L.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786018109
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Series: Pinnacle True Crime Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Updated 10th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.63 (d)

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    This book is extremely descriptive and informative. The way the book is written and broken down makes for an extremely easy read and I'd recommend this book to any reader. If you're looking for a one stop shop into the mind of a psychotic then look no further, this book is for you.

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  • Posted December 22, 2012

    TERRIFYING!!! I've read about every true crime book is out there

    TERRIFYING!!! I've read about every true crime book is out there and this is the one that still is the best I've ever 
    read. Very intense!!

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    I'm your Night Prowler, asleep in the day; I'm your Night Prowler, get out of my way; Look out for the Night Prowler, watch you tonight; I'm the Night Prowler, when you turn out the light "Night Prowler" - AC/DC

    Ten Reasons Why This Book Is Shocking And Should Be Read-

    1. Most fictional horror is based on reality. This nightmare of a tale is one for the books (oh yeah-we're good there; carry on)

    2. Knowing that someone is terrorizing the whole state of California with multiple rapes, robberies and murders is bad enough. Finding out he is an IV coke using Satanist drifting through skid row and the L.A Greyhound terminal makes it seem even more icky.

    3. Child abuse stories told from the point of view of Richard Ramirez's brother truly strange. "I didn't report it because it felt good."

    4. The nightstalker was never paid attention to by women throughout his life. After dozens of sodomy rapes and murders Richie Ramirez is treated like a rock star with gorgeous women flocking to his trial and waiting up to 20 hours to visit him in his cell.

    5. An "upstanding" woman married Richard Ramirez claiming he is "misunderstood"

    6. The pictures inside are not violent but are certainly shocking and thought provoking.

    7. Did I mention this? I did... The man is a Satanist!

    8. A Death Row Interview is included in the ten year anniversary edition.

    9. Richard Ramirez is described as the most famous person to come from El Paso, TX. What about Townes Van Zandt?

    10. Like The Manson Family's "White Album" worship. Mr. Ramirez makes AC/DC seem more evil by living out one a fantasy through one of their earlier tunes, "The Nightstalker"

    Enjoy but beware. Disturbing reading abound. The info I just listed is well known and shouldn't be considered as any sort of "spoiler alert"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2009

    CRIMMINAL JUSTICE

    The Night Stalker is a really good book. its full with vivid writeing and it tells you about a young men and how he became the night stalker how his family was very respectful and that sometimes seeing some one dieing infront of you can really mess you up. its a good book for people that is into crimminal justice or love reading about killers. it can show you the life of richard ramirez but the book is very detail when it comes down to the killing and how he did it. but beside all that i think the night stalker is a very great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2008

    Wonderful Book

    This book is fabulous hard to let go, there wasn't anything more interesting then reading it, scary in a sense that had me looking around more than ever at night, as I read it, it felt like it was really happening at the time and not something that was hopefully over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2007

    A Book that you cant put down

    Growing up in the Los Angeles area where these crimes took place and being scared out of my mind at the time this book gives the exact story how it happened and how scared people from Los Angeles were. I read this book while visiting Las Vegas and sat in a casino and read the book. I could not put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2008

    AWESOME!

    This is an incredible read! It is absolutely terrifying and extremely difficult to put down! One of the BEST true crime books I've ever read, and I've read tons! A MUST for anyone interested in serial killers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2007

    Loved It

    Great Book! The whole book was great except some points in the trial section of the book, too many details there. Otherwise I def recommend this book. Richard is nuts, I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2007

    check it!

    The night stalker! Have you ever read a book so interesting, full of suspense, filled with bone chilling facts that you don¿t want to put it down? Well Philip Carlo has mastered this way of writing. Richard Ramirez is the normal middle aged guy to the naked eye. His daily task to just live it up and work that¿s it basic simple everyday life for everyone obviously nothing major. That¿s his life during the day but when it¿s after daylight it is a whole other story. He wandered the streets of L,A by skid row and places where drugs were sold regularly and where homeless people slept as if the streets were a bedroom. He was very good at outsmarting the police and the local authority such as rent a cops etc¿ the way he lived life was to do whatever he wants I assume because he killed people like he was some powerful god like person. There this err weird kind of feeling you get when you read the book, It gives you the feeling of that someone is over your shoulder or someone is watching you. But the weird this about it is I couldn¿t put it down because I wanted to see what happened next. For instance there is a part in the book where he was in a girls house trying to murder her and the writer used very specific detailing such as the way he was tip toeing and the way every time he got nervous he started to shake witch caused his jacket zipper to jingle along with his keys and change in his pocket. I think that made the book even more suspenseful. I also think the way the writer would tell it like it is and not hold anything back. He described everything down to the blood on the blade. The major conflict was him attempting to kill and killing innocent people. Along with the way he stole old ladies purses .Which in my opinion is one of the lames and most pathetic thing to do. Besides putting his hands on women when they told him not to or holding them against there will. But his personal conflict was to just survive. He didn¿t have a job so it¿s not like he had an income other than stealing and selling drugs. One thing I didn¿t like about the writer was that he sometimes said the same thing over and over which was very annoying. But I did like the way he described everything and the way that he had all facts and reports from the officers and the witnesses. I give this book 2 thumbs up. If you like horror/suspense/ and thriller books that will keep you on your toes. But I do not recommend this book if you have a weak stomach and if you do not like to read about people getting killed and what not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2007

    Wonderful!!

    I couldn't put this book down. I'm not much of a reader but I have always been interested in this case and the facts behind it. The book gives so much insight to Richard Ramirez's thoughts and crimes. It was a bit scary at times but a GREAT BOOK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2005

    Interesting Story

    This book was very insightful into the mind of a true mad man. However, towards the end it began to drag. But overall, it was a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2004

    Night Stalker

    This book is divided into 3 sections: his killing spree up to his capture, his history (childhood and adolescence), and his capture and trial. I agree with the other reviewers - the first section of the book puts you on the edge of your seat from the very first page. The crimes were described in vivid detail and it was shocking to read but impossible to put it down. The section on his childhood gave a little insight into how he ended up doing the things he did. The section on the trial was way too long and tedious but necessary to complete the story I guess. I'd be very interested to read about Ramirez now that he's been imprisoned for 20 years. I lived in Southern California as a child during his crime spree and reading this really brought back memories of how terrified everyone was of the Night Stalker.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2004

    The devil himself

    Like the previous reviewer stated, the first half of this back is phenomenal, while the second part pretty much falls flat. With the exception of the victim's families impassioned pleas, and the actual interviews with Ramirez, the trial itself tends to be drag on in a redundant way. Still, it's a good book and I enjoyed it for the most part. You really felt like you were there with the Stalker, breaking into homes of innocent people and brutalizing them for one man's perverse pleasure. You'll be creeped out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2004

    Last half of the book hard to read

    The first half of the book wast really good, It made you feel you were actually there with him. The last half really was horrible unless you are into hearing the same thing every page in the courtroom that you read in the first half of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2003

    A Breif summary

    This book is about a man who thinks the divil is in controll. He brutally murders and injures many victoms for fun. As the police try to track him down, an AC/DC hat is found which had belonged to him. This lead people to believe that the band inspired him to commit such tragic crimes. Richard one night decides to steel a car when the owner, and many other friends of his come out and beat Richard brutally. The police then found him and took him to court, and he was put on death row. This book tells the stories of how he approached, and killed his victoms, and the life he went through a a serial killer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2003

    50% edge of seat; 50%yawning with boredom

    During the first half of this book, I absolutely could not put it down. It was like watching a horror film through the cracks between your fingers, after having covered your face with your hands in fright. However, halfway through, the courtroom drama began to unfold. This is where I eventually found myself skimming for the paragraphs containing the name "Doreen". Otherwise, it was nothing but dull, dull, and more dull courtroom drama. I wondered if perhaps the writer had to use all that courtroom filler in order to make it be a certain amount of pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2002

    Unbelievable

    I have been a serial killer for years. This is the only book that kept me up at night. Not so much reading, mind you, but awake with fear and paranoia. I suggest this book more than anyother other book on the subject of serial killers that i have read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2002

    TERRIFYING, SENDS CHILLS DOWN YOUR SPINE!

    The minute I picked up this book, I was hooked. The Gruesome details of this maniacs actions were just unbelievable. I have lived in the Los Angeles area all my life so I know first hand the fear he placed in every ones lives when these murders were occuring. Then reading this book and knowing how he killed these innocent victims, makes me grateful that he did not harm anyone I know. This is a terrific book from the beginning to the end. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2002

    GREAT DETAILED BOOK

    Phillip Carlo, explains the story of Richard Ramirez in such a vividly way. It almost feels like your there witnessing the crimes. I had a hard time putting the book down at night, even thouught I was soooooo scared. I had nightmares at night and imagined Richard standing right besides my bed. Although I was scared this book is soooooo worth it. You must read it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2001

    This book will terrify you!

    Richard Ramirez was one of the most disturbing serial killers I have ever read about. What is so terrifying is how he gets into your home without a sound. I am so thankful I have dogs. If you read this book, you'll want a dog too. This book kept me up nights. I read it a few years ago and I have yet to read a book that was as horrifying as this one. Richard Ramirez is the closest thing to pure evil I have ever read about. Not only that, this book was very well written and you are given plenty of background info. You actually feel like you know Richard. It's scary to think somebody like him exists on this planet. Scary! A MUST READ!

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