Richard Ramirez, The Night Stalker

Season 1, Episode 13,   May 09, 2022, 04:00 AM

Helen Anderson and Danni Howard travel back to 1980s America to learn about the horrific crimes of The Night Stalker, Richard Ramirez. After growing up under the care of a convicted murderer, Richard Ramirez would go on to take at least 13 lives over the course of a terrifying 14 month killing spree that held the state of California in a constant panic. Expect details of a satan worshiping psychopath, some of the most grisly crime scenes in history, and Danni’s night terror tales. 

Devils in The Dark contains graphic details of sexual assault and violence and is not intended for all audiences. Listener discretion is strongly advised.  

00:00 - Introduction
05:15 - Where Richard’s story first begins
09:38 - 14 year old Richard witnesses a murder
14:26 - Richard’s first assault 
16:37 - The murder of Jennie Vincow
19:08 - The murders of Vincent and Maxine Zazzara
23:23 - Richard goes on a murderous spree
25:57 - The Valley Intruder
33:36 - The murders of Peter and Barbara Pan
37:11 - Richard steals from the wrong house
39:55 - Detective Frank Falzon is on the case in Lompoc
42:56 - A stunning citizens arrest
45:27 - FBI Special Agent Bobby Chacon interrogates Richard Ramirez
46:29 - The preliminary hearing 
49:09 - The trial of Richard Ramirez
42:33 - The wedding of Richard Ramirez and Doreen Loy
55:32 - Outro

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Follow Helen Anderson at @helenanderz and Danni Howard at @thatdannihoward. Special thanks to Woodcut Media. See for privacy and opt-out information. Produced by Alexandra Jueno at Audioboom Studios. 

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