Twenty-five years after Richard Ramirez left 13 dead, paralysing the city of Los Angeles, his name is still synonymous with fear, torture, and sadistic murder. Philip Carlo's US best seller The Night Stalker, based on three years of meticulous research and extensive interviews with Ramirez, reveals the killer and his horrifying crimes to be even more chilling than anyone could have imagined.
From watching his cousin commit murder at age 11 to his 19 death sentences to the juror who fell in love with him, the story of Ramirez is a bizarre and spellbinding descent into the very heart of human evil. Incredibly, after The Night Stalker was first published, thousands of women from all over the world started to contact Carlo, begging to be put in touch with the killer. Carlo began to interview them and, in this compelling new edition, presents their disturbing stories and the dark sexual desires that would drive them towards a brutal murderer.
Also, in an exclusive death-row interview, the killer himself gives his thoughts on the 'Ramirez Groupies' - and what he thinks they really want.
Philip Carlo was the author of the international best seller The Ice Man, as well as The Night Stalker, Gaspipe, and The Killer Within. He lived in New York until his death in November 2010.
©2011 Philip Carlo (P)2013 Audible Ltd
"With brutal honesty, Philip Carlo writes from the heart" (Robert De Niro)"An astonishing portrait of a killer not seen since In Cold Blood" (New York Daily News)"An exceptionally well-told true crime tale" (Publishers Weekly)"The details are amazing, told from many points of view; very scary indeed" (Los Angeles Times)
Philip Carlo has structured this book in a most effective way - three parts, with an epilogue. Part 1 recounts the sequence of Ramirez's dreadful crimes and the victims and their families; Part 2 is the story of the Stalker himself and his family; followed by Part 3, the story of the trial. The epilogue features an interview with Ramirez. The book held my interest from start to finish, but I found the interview frustrating because Carlo didn't ask Ramirez the thing I most wanted to know: how Ramirez would have felt if someone had done to his mother or sister what he had done to his victims. The story of Ramirez's life does suggest that despite his God-fearing, hard-working, law-abiding parents, there were a lot of negative influences on his childhood and teen years which can be seen as contributing to the monster he became. In the end, I was left wondering whether anyone or anything could have, at any point in Ramirez's life prior to these crimes, steered him away from the course he took. The narrator does a great job, he is good with accents and voices, and has just the right voice for true crime.
"Excellent True Crime. Shocking and Insightful."
Definitely. It was horrifying at times but it would have done a disservice to the victims to attempt to soften Ramirez' vile acts. The writing moved along at a pace and a lot of it kept you on the edge of your seat but it never felt at the expense of detail.
The first part of the book, the investigation, that was fascinating and shocking. The second part, the court case, sagged a little due to the length of the trial but was still always fascinating.
He was excellent and brought a lot of heart to the reading. Parts of the book, like the trial, could have dragged with a lesser reader but he brought the whole thing to life, giving characters voices and personalities that really created a sense of you 'seeing' it happen.
The crimes themselves were horrendous and hearing what he put people through and the repercussions throughout their families, was heartbreaking at times. Almost as shocking were the seemingly endless line of women who wanted to be with Ramirez, despite knowing what he'd done. That was a fascinating and quite disturbing insight into the human
Excellent true crime, in depth, exciting, intriguing and expertly read and written. Highly recommended.
"Starts well then heads down hill"
The first half is good but I have just skipped through most of the 2nd half. It is a blow by blow account of what happens in court - very boring!
Yes, I have listened to a few of his books but this is very bloated.
Clear, Concise and engaging
no, it needs to be massively edited to 5 hours from the 20 hour bore it is now.
Shame, it just needs a good editor to keep the flow and excitement going.
"Ok, in parts"
Dragged a little and not much insight into the mind of the serial killer, more a factual retelling of events
Repetitive. Too many repetitions of the same part of the story. The court scenes were over exaggerated and became so boring I couldn't finish the book. It just became tedious to listen to
"if you want to sleep & don't mind bad language"
some one who dose not like well written books, who likes to be bored out of their skulls.I stuck it out till half way through the second disc, of this three disc book.It lost me half way through the first disc, but no, I thought give it a chance. O'Dear what a wasted evening. & my wasted credit. reminds me to stick with the writers I know & trust.
not a chance, You mean he has written more, I assume that was before this one,
I say nothing wrong with Jeff Harding don't blame a workman for his tools.
waisted time , disappointment, wasted credit. it was not worth anger.
i think I said it all. but please don't let me spoil anything for you do try it, it may just be me.
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