Night Stalker Task Force Detective Robert Jakucs Talks to John J Nazarian

Night Stalker Task force Detective Robert Jakucs, now retired, talks to John J Nazarian Sunday at 7 PM PDT, on Straight Talk with John J Nazarian or as we are calling it this summer John J Nazarian Unleashed.

Ricardo “Richard” Muñoz Ramirez, serial killer, rapist, and burglar died while awaiting execution on California’s death row on June 7, 2013.

Ramirez, terrorized the residents of the greater Los Angeles area from April 1984 until August 1985. Prior to his capture, Ramirez was dubbed the “Night Stalker” by the news media. Ramirez, who was an avowed Satanist, never expressed any remorse for his crimes.

Ramirez was born in El Paso, Texas, on February 29, 1960, his father was a police officer at one time and was known to be physically abusive. As a child, Ramirez sustained two serious head injuries.

Ramirez became strongly influenced by his older cousin Miguel (“Mike”) Ramirez, a decorated Green Beret combat veteran who often boasted of his gruesome exploits during the Vietnam War and showed him Polaroid pictures of his victims. These included pictures of Mike raping Vietnamese women; and some of them showed Mike posing with the severed head of a woman he had abused. Ramirez witnessed his cousin’s murder of his wife, Jessie, when Mike shot her in the face with a .38 caliber revolver during a domestic argument on May 4, 1973. Ramirez was 13 years old at the time. After the murder, his behavior changed dramatically.

Having been found not guilty of Jessie’s murder by reason of insanity (with his combat record being a mitigating factor) Mike was released after over four years of incarceration at the Texas State Mental Hospital, in 1977; and his influence over Richard continued.

Ramirez eventually settled permanently in California at the age of twenty-two. The gruesome “Night Stalker” murders began on April 10, 1984, 9-year old Mei Leung was found dead in a hotel basement where Ramirez was living at the time.

On August 24, 1985 Ramirez traveled 50 miles south of Los Angeles to Mission Viejo, and broke into the Mediterranean Village apartment of Bill Carns, 29, and his fiancée, Inez Erickson, 27. Ramirez shot Carns in the head and raped Erickson. He demanded she swear her love for Satan and afterwards, forced her to perform oral intercourse on him. He then tied her and left. Erickson struggled to the window and saw the car Ramirez was driving. She was able to give a description of both Ramirez and his orange Toyota station wagon. A teenager later identified the car from news reports and wrote down half its license plate number. The stolen car was found on August 28, and police were able to obtain one fingerprint that was on the mirror of the vehicle. The prints belonged to Richard Muñoz Ramirez.

On August 30, 1985 Ramirez was identified, chased, surrounded, and severely beaten by an angry mob in East Los Angeles as he was trying to steal a car. Police had to break up the mob to prevent them from killing Ramirez.

On September 20, 1989, Ramirez was found guilty of 13 counts of murder, 5 attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries, he was sentenced to die in California’s gas chamber. The trial of Richard Ramirez was one of the most difficult and longest criminal trials in American history, taking over four years to finalize. Nearly 1,600 prospective jurors were interviewed. More than one hundred witnesses testified.

Beginning in 1985, freelance magazine editor Doreen Lioy wrote him nearly 75 letters during his incarceration. In 1988 he proposed to her, and on October 3, 1996, they were married in California’s San Quentin State Prison.

Ramirez died of complications secondary to B-cell lymphoma at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, California, on June 7, 2013. He was 53 years old. At the time of his death, Ramirez had been on death row for more than 23 years, awaiting execution by the state of California.

Robert Jakucs was a detective on the Night Stalker Task Force now that Ramirez is dead and Jakucs is retired he will take you behind the scenes of the murders, the frustrations of the Task Force, and details he has never talked about before.

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