Night Stalker: Richard Ramirez’s prison penpal blasts Netflix for ‘lacking detail’
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Ramirez is the focus of the new docuseries Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer, which remains the second most-streamed Netflix show in the UK this week. The Texas-born murderer carried out a number of depraved attacks, which led to the deaths of at least 13 people. Ramirez received 19 death sentences for his horrific crimes and was on death row when he died from complications related to B-cell lymphoma nearly eight years ago.
Ramirez was branded The Night Stalker, among other names by the media, because of his cruel attacks that sought to inflict maximum terror and pain upon his victims.
He killed, committed rape, sexual assault and other grotesques acts, on 18 nights between 1984 and 1985, in Los Angeles and San Francisco, in California.
Since Ramirez’s terrifying rampage ended, many have tried to understand the motives behind his actions, including curious members of the public who have written to him in prison.
Teemu, who runs the Instagram page ForenSeek, sent Ramirez two letters and was surprised when he received a response back.
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He told Express.co.uk: “There are some killers who are very verbose and self-reflective… but Ramirez was the exact opposite.
“He liked AC/DC, Eighties muscle cars, chicks, beer and that sort of thing.
“If you didn’t know who he was, you would think he was in prison for smoking marijuana while surfing or drunk-driving from his penpal advert and letter.”
The Netflix show Night Stalker focussed on detectives Gil Carrillo and Frank Salerno who eventually caught Ramirez – but Teemu branded it “not very interesting”.
He told Express.co.uk: “It was an opportunity wasted, where they could have educated people about Ramirez, what really happened and the darkness of this guy.
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“I understand from an intellectual-level that someone sat in a production meeting and said, ‘We’re going to get a lot of flack so let’s concentrate on the good guys!’
“That’s profound and admirable but the show is wooden, a little overrated and overblown – Netflix hyped it up but it was very superficial.”
Teemu explained that there were “around 10 seconds” of the show that dived into the background of Ramirez and his upbringing.
He told Express.co.uk: “It’s not mentioned at all – just in passing – but he witnessed his cousin kill his wife, which was a major point in his life.
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“That was when sexual relationships and violence became merged in his own mind and started to become part of his own extension to inflict pain.”
The TV show focuses heavily on what Los Angeles was like in the Eighties and the two main detectives charged with capturing Ramirez.
Teemu continued: “People are not really told about Ramirez, which is a kind of sad and dark realisation but it’s not a very interesting show.
“It’s not about Ramirez it’s about the good guys and in some ways, the bad guys are more interesting.”
The Netflix show revealed that police struggled to identify the serial killer because of the apparent randomness of his crimes.
Ramirez targeted men, women and children of all ages and races in different parts of the US state.
While detectives struggled to identify the murderer, police warned Californian residents to stay at home and lock their doors at night – because this was the time when he struck most frequently.
Mr Salerno warned the public that they were hunting a “very violent individual” – a type of killer that had “never been encountered in criminal history”.
Later, Mr Carrillo claimed that Ramirez’s upbringing played a big part in why he went on to commit so many barbaric and merciless crimes.
He believed abuse from Ramirez’s father, including tying him to a cross in a graveyard and leaving him overnight, and other cruel forms of punishment warped his mind.
This was followed by watching his cousin kill his wife and hearing depraved torture stories from the Vietnam War.
Ramirez also carried out a number of petty crimes and took illegal drugs, including cocaine, heroin and acid, which Mr Carrillo felt had further-worsened his mental state.
Mr Carillo claimed his upbringing was littered with “all of the things that would poison a child”.
Ramirez was finally found guilty of 13 murders, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries in 1989.
During his trial, he had taunted the courtroom by drawing the pentagram, a satanic symbol, on his hand and claimed he worshipped the devil.
In a statement after he was sentenced to death, Ramirez told the court they could never understand.
Ramirez said: “I don’t need to hear all of society’s rationalisations, I’ve heard them all before and the fact remains that what is, is.
“You don’t understand me, you are not expected to. You are not capable of it. I am beyond your experience. I am beyond good and evil.”
Outside the courtroom, Ramirez seemed more flippant as he told reporters: “Big Deal. Death always went with the territory. See you in Disneyland.”
Ramirez lost an appeal against his 19 death sentences in 2006 and had multiple appeals left before he died in 2013 from B-cell lymphoma at the age of 53.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer is available to stream on Netflix.
For more information about Teemu or his correspondence with serial killers visit: www.forenseek.app.
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