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The Night Stalker (1996)
by Philip Carlo
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.)
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:01 -0400)
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.
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