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Decades after Richard Ramirez left 13 dead and paralyzed the city of Los Angeles, his name is still synonymous with fear, torture, and sadistic murder. Philip Carlo's classic The Night Stalker, based on years of meticulous research and extensive interviews with Ramirez, revealed 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 contacted Carlo, begging to be put in touch with the killer. Carlo interviewed them and here presents their disturbing stories and the dark sexual desires that would drive them towards a brutal murderer. And in an exclusive death row interview, the killer himself gives his thoughts on the "Ramirez Groupies" - and what he thinks they really want.

©1996 Philip Carlo (P)2016 Tantor

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"This book will provide true crime readers a chilling inside perspective of a serial killer." (Library Journal)

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Another True Crime classic...! (yay)


Its been a little while since a new "classic" true crime audiobook has been released...well, wait no more! I rate this in my TOP 5 (Helter Skelter, Green River Running Red, etc) along with several others. This was SOOO good. I know I will be re-listening to it many more times! I never knew *all* the intricate details surrounding the numerous crimes/murders of Richard Ramirez (aka "The Night Stalker"), I just recall seeing the somewhat censored tv news segments at the time. Wow. Unh. Wow. Putting eyeballs in a jewelry box? Electric cord shocking? Raping next to the freshly killed husband? And that's not all! Holy sheet! He covered every base of everything evil you can think of. Stabbing, shooting, clubbing, etc. He was bold, daring, arrogant and fearless - often attacking while multiple people were present in the home - and they didnt even have a chance. I dont think there has been another killer quite like him since.

The book is done in several segments. The first part details ALL the crimes (night after night of mayhem, torture and murder) ...in *every minute* detail. The second part, chronicles his childhood and youth - not meant to be a "oh boo-hoo feel sorry for me" thing, but certainly its clear that times were hard for him and especially his family. Then of course his capture and trial - which I found quite interesting as well; hearing about his defiant behaviour in court, and his lawyers trying to come up with SOME kind of defense for him. This book was written in 1995, and was slightly updated in 2005. It does cover quite a bit of additional material including tales of his devoted groupies and prison marriage, but not his death. There is also an "interview session" between him and the author at the end.


This one is totally WORTH THE CREDIT! Worth ignoring everyone you know for a few days while you listen to it. Lol. True Crime fans rejoice!!!

25 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Excellent ! *5 STARS*

I get the chills from the warning of Richard Ramirez as a Stalker:
Be Aware of your surroundings. No one is safe.
Well-researched and well-narrated book!
Thank you Mr. Carlo.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Great & Bad at the same time.

It starts off getting right into the interesting parts, but then slows down entirely and becomes a 7 hour courtroom transcript marathon that is almost as horrible as what Richard Ramirez did. Narrator does a good job, as does the author in half the book.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

The court precedings were long but interesting. Nice background on the monsters family. I was annoyed by the groupies and his family.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Very Good!

Grabs you into the story! Won't be able to stop listening until the book is finished.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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definitely worth it!

I was reluctant to buy this book after reading everyone else's reviews. But I'm happy I did.

Yes, the narrator has trouble pronouncing some words. Does it bug? Not enough for it to detract because it's sporadic.

Yes, the last half of the book is the trial of Richard Ramirez. The reviews led me to believe it was more transcript less prose. But it was a part of the story and I thought it was akin to Ann Rule 's Ted Bundy story.

I enjoyed every minute and am sad it wasn't updated past 2006. But you should definitely get this book- holistic approach to all involved in these crimes.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Best in True Crime

Well written and narrated account of California nightmare case. Rameriz ,his family, his victims and the cops are brought to life. My favorite parts of the book are how individuals, from those who have tips to those who chased Rameriz down, helped stop this monster.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Good

Good in depth story, a little dry through the court portion. The last chapter is quite interesting.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Wow!

This book blew my mind! I hadn’t seen or read any stories about the Night Stalker in the past...this was my intro to Richard Ramirez. The story took me through a range of emotions...anger, disgust, surprise and even joy! The story is well written and the narrator was great. It’s long but the story moves quickly!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Too many POVs

It would have been better if it were only from the point of view of the killer or the point of view of the detective ;instead of switching to and from.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful