The Nightstalker

The Nightstalker

by Philip Carlo
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The Nightstalker by Philip Carlo

"We've all got the power in our hands to kill, but most people are afraid to use it. The ones who aren't afraid control life itself."—Richard Ramirez

Ten years after the murder spree that left thirteen people dead and paralyzed the city of Los Angeles with fear, his name is synonymous with Satanism, torture and sadistic murder. Yet despite the sensational nature of his crimes, no one has ever been able to tell the complex story of the killer whose seductive, brooding looks still draw women like moths to a flame—a man millions call the devil himself.

Until Now. . .

Painstakingly researched over three years, based on nearly one hundred hours of exclusive interviews with Richard Ramirez on California's Death Row, The Night Stalker is the definitive account of America's most feared serial murderer. From Ramirez's earliest brushes with the law to his deadliest stalking expeditions to the unprecedented police and civilian manhunt that resulted in one of the most sensational trails in California history, The Night Stalker is an eerie and spellbinding descent into the very heart of human evil. It is more than epic nonfiction at its brutally real-it is a true crime masterpiece.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786034253
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Pages: 592
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.80(d)

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Night Stalker 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Rebubula More than 1 year ago
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"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
D_Soler More than 1 year ago
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.
M-Pritchard More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.