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The Night Stalker by Philip Carlo

The Night Stalker (1996)

by Philip Carlo

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This is the true story of Richard Ramirez aka the Night Stalker who terrorised California in the mid 1980's he snuck into peoples houses when they were sleeping raped, tortured and killed them.
Books in 4 parts 1st part is the crimes, 2nd part is his childhood,3rd part Capture/Court case, 4th part Conviction Aftermath.
My only fault with this book is there is to much detail regarding the court case, which I got a bit bored with.
Overall though a well written and researched book.
p.s Richard Ramirez was a horrible person. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Sep 8, 2016 |
At times a little overly dramatic in telling - the subject matter itself was more than dramatic enough - but well researched and certainly had me double-checking the locks before bed. ( )
  donnambr | Nov 27, 2014 |
the story of the late Richard Ramirez of his crimes and how he was captured and his court trial and his followers a very weird person and feared by many until he was captured a lot of people in California never felt safe until the night stalker was arrested and put in jail on death row where he died last year without being exected. ( )
  patty1323 | Mar 7, 2014 |
Summer of 1985 in Los Angeles was a summer of terror. Richard Ramirez committed numerous break-ins leaving in his wake 13 dead bodies and many more shattered lives. He was a completely different kind of serial killer.

From the back of the book: The classic account of one of the world’s most feared serial killers.

Philip Carlo divides the account into 4 parts labeled books, “The Hunted and the Hunters”, “Richie”, “Capture”, “The Trial”, an Epilogue and “special Update of the Tenth-Anniversary Edition”. First is a consideration the crimes, then an account of Ramirez’ childhood, the events leading up to his crimes, how he was captured, a very comprehensive reporting of his trial (58 felony charges) that is detailed but fascinating, never boring. In the Epilogue he reports on Ramirez wedding and the women that have become fascinated with him. The special update contains a transcript of an interview Carlo had with Ramirez on death row.

In the last paragraph I said that the trial coverage was fascinating never boring, that could be said about the entire book. Carlo had done his research and the reporting is detailed, but not overly done. Enough information is given to understand the crimes and the perpetrator, but not so much that it is boring and repetitious. It is a long, thick book (592 pages) but it needs to be because of the extent of the crimes and the trial.

I would recommend this book to true crime fans.

True Crime, Non-fiction
Page count: 592
Stars: 4
Copyright: 1996 ( )
  BellaFoxx | Jun 6, 2010 |
What I think of as stereotypical true crime - nothing special about the writing, just the awful facts presented for the reader's titillation. The disgusting details of Ramirez's crimes make a straight-forward telling of the story seem sensationalist and trashy. ( )
  Moomin_Mama | Mar 11, 2009 |
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Those who are unhappy clutch at shadows, and to give themselves an enjoyment that truth refuses them, they artfully bring into being all sorts of illusions. --The Marquis de Sade Crimes of Love
Dedicated to all who have lost their lives at the hands of serial murderers.
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The downtown area around the Los Angeles Greyhound Bus Terminal is a very dangerous place after dark.
Swear on Satan you won't scream--The Night Stalker
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The 2006 edition includes updates, new pictures and interviews with Ramirez and the females who are attracted to him.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0786018100, Mass Market Paperback)

Research is the strong suit of this book about darkly handsome Richard Ramirez, who terrorized Los Angeles for 14 months in 1984-85 with his penchant for breaking into homes dressed all in black, where he fiercely assaulted, sodomized, robbed, and (in 13 cases) murdered his victims. Carlo spent more than 100 hours interviewing Ramirez on death row, more than a month in El Paso, Texas, talking to Ramirez's family and friends, and another month hanging out with the two detectives who solved the case. He made visits to all 19 crime scenes in the middle of the night. His narrative maintains a steady focus on Ramirez, drawing no conclusions about his Satanism or his mental pathology and simply letting his appalling deeds and words speak for themselves. The trial and post-trial sections are long but interesting, covering Ramirez's rage attacks and his many "groupies" (one of them a juror!), especially Doreen Lloyd, whom he married in September 1996. (This reviewer found Philip Carlo's book much better than Clifford L. Linedecker's Night Stalker.)

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The definitive account of this serial murderer, based on sixty hours of personal interviews with Ramirez himself. New edition includes interviews with women who have asked to contact Ramirez since the book was first published, and a "death row interview".--From publisher description.… (more)

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