• Night Stalker Richard Ramirez

  • The Horrifying True Crime Story of the Infamous Serial Killer
  • By: James Richmond
  • Narrated by: Aaron Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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By: James Richmond
Narrated by: Aaron Smith
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Publisher's Summary

Glimpse into the twisted life behind one of America’s most horrifying serial killers.

Delving into the sick mind of the infamous killer Richard Ramirez, this thought-provoking true crime book sheds light on the childhood, upbringing, killings, and eventual capture of the man who stalked the southern Californian suburbs for over two years. Dubbed as the Night Stalker and baffling the police at every turn, Richard Ramirez left a trail of mutilation and death in his wake, cementing him as one of the worst serial killers America has ever seen.

Exploring the troubled yet unassuming upbringing of Ramirez and his hard-working immigrant family, this real crime story peels back the curtain on his life, examining what turned him into the monster he became. Detailing his early years and time at school, how he interacted with his family and close friends, and how he embarked on a dark path of Satanism and murder, this gritty book seeks to shed light on his twisted and evil mind, providing a new and gruesome look at his killing spree and the mindset that made him do it.

Perfect for fans of true crime stories, Richard Ramirez’s reign of terror left a dark shadow on California’s past, showing people the terrifying truth that anyone could become the next victim of a serial killer.

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A must read!

I am into real crime documentaries, books, etc. I’ve read some negative reviews here before purchasing. Some said it talks too much about his upbringing. Honestly, without it, this story wouldn’t be complete. They talk about Richards life from being a baby to ending up a serial killer. They give out gory details about his attacks and murders. If you’re a true crime buff, this should interest you. Some listeners complained that it’s too descriptive. But it all matters. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone! It’s sad, creepy and unimaginable, but that’s true life of the victims that endured Richard unfortunately. I gave all 5 stars because the story is complete and we’ll written, performance is great as well. The narrator changes voices to enhance the real situation. I don’t regret paying for this book!

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Can’t stop listening!

This book is so intriguing I couldn’t stop listening! I loved the narration. It was compelling and easy to understand. The way the story was told kept drawing me in and made me feel like I was part of the story. I would definitely listen to more from this author and narrator!

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Must-read for true crime lovers!

This audiobook is SO thrilling and intriguing. From the onset, the author does an amazing job of grabbing your attention and getting you invested in the story. The book starts with the end in mind, making you wonder what happened and enticing you to listen on. Also, the author excellently describes Richard Ramirez’s upbringing and family history, which helps you understand the underpinnings of his future life of crime. As is customary with infamous serial killer stories, the killer’s upbringing can provide insight into why they turned out the way they did. Additionally, the author offers wonderful insight into Richard Ramirez’s mind, as well as the minds of the witnesses and the victims’ loved ones.

The author also does an excellent job describing the geographical location of these crimes, so much so that it is chilling if you are from California or extremely relatable/close to home if you are not. The author writes the story in such a way that you feel it is possible that it could happen to you, wherever you are.

The narrator offers a smooth, slightly British accent and does an excellent job of helping you visualize who is talking. That said, his voice is pretty terrifying when narrating Richard Ramirez during his murderous actions.

This story is truly horrifying, and the author does it justice in his writings. Since the book is based on an infamous serial killer, I would recommend everyone listen to this book, even if you have heard the story before. The author offers unique insights, and the narrator gives it an exciting feel. The audiobook is less than four hours, making it perfect for a shorter road trip or great for nightly listening. Whether you listen to it all at once or in parts, this audiobook is a must-read for true crime lovers!

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So creepy and great!

I thought I knew everything there was to know about the night stalker. I was wrong. This audiobook goes into so much detail about the killer’s early life, his family, and his early connections that I had never heard. First, I had never heard anything at all about his parents or family history. This audiobook provides so many details about that and I was surprised and delighted. It even tells about a girlfriend he had. when he was young and it’s very interesting. It also tells a good amount of the story from the perspective of his victim prior to their deaths that I had never heard before. I highly recommend this audiobook. If you are a lover of horrifying true crime like I am, you will love this!

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Chills!

If you love horror, true crime, and serial killers, this is a must. This author paints such a picture, you feel as if, at some point, you’ve sat next to Richard Ramirez. I had goosebumps the whole time. So fascinating and terrifying. I definitely made sure my doors were locked. Loved this book.

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Informative and disturbing

This book began by giving a detailed family biography, beginning with Richard Ramirez’s parents, their marriage, and then their children. It demonstrated multiple factors that likely contributed to Richard’s development and resulting actions. Once the book shifted to an account of his crimes, the retelling of the incidents felt a bit dreary, likely because there were so many of them to cover. I appreciated the few statistics that were given within the text and would have liked even more. Assuming the sources for this book were accurate, this book gave what seemed to be a full account of the main points of Richard Ramirez’s life. This book was informative and may be of interest to those in such fields as psychology, criminal justice, and history.

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A Sadistic and Vile Killer

Night Stalker, by James Richmond, is another horrifying true-crime story that takes you to the heart and soul of a sadistic killer. Even before Richard Ramirez was born it seems he was destined to be the violent criminal that completely enveloped him as an adult. A perfect storm of events, people, brain injuries, drugs, and genetics, drove this innocent boy to the depths of evil.
Richard Ramirez was a sadistic and vile man that tortured California for years. In an interview he stated, “I murder, simply because I love it.” He was living proof of the devil. At first, he would steal for drug money. He would soon learn that murder, rape, and assault were the ultimate high.
James Richmond has a brilliant way of telling the story from the killer’s point of view. There were times during the story that I had to put the book down and breathe because of the horrific thoughts and actions of the Night Stalker. On the same token, the author has also paid tribute to the victims by telling their side of the story as it may have been during the most traumatizing events in their life.
Keep the lights on, lock your doors, and prepare yourself as you read the terrifying thriller of Night Stalker Richard Ramirez, The Horrifying True Crime Story of the Infamous Serial Killer.

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Perfect for fans of true crime!


A well-written narrative and an easy listen, Night Stalker Richard Ramirez by James Richmond is compelling and informative. It begins with the summer of 1985, when Richard Ramirez was still engaged in his 2-year reign of terror over Los Angeles. The narration reads like a story, taking the listener to Richard’s return to L.A. from Arizona and seeing his own image plastered all over the newspapers. This is the instance when Richard was identified by patrons at the gas station (for those readers/listeners already familiar with the case).

Richard Ramirez- also known as The Night Stalker- became a monster in the shadows of Los Angeles, California in 1984 and continued committing heinous acts into the summer of 1985. Richard Ramirez’s crimes included over 20 homes victimized- where he raped, murdered, or both. At the age of 29, he was convicted in 1989 of 13 murders and 30 other felonious crimes. The Intro of the work hooks the listener with the story of Richard’s return to L.A., and flows into a general overview of his crimes and background, as well as his perceived relationship with the devil and his grandiose beliefs about himself.

For listeners who are acquainted with this case already, Richmond’s narrative offers several details - proof of his extensive and meticulous effort and research- which are not well-known or often spoken about. In the chapter A Hopeful Start, the author begins with a thorough background into the Ramirez family- one that I have not seen written about in many places- and provides many tidbits about Richard Ramirez’s father, Julian. The chapter also adds an in-depth description of the background which contributed to the development of the ‘monster’ Ramirez later became. This includes Julian’s abusive childhood, and the meeting of Mercedes Ramirez, of which Richard was the youngest child out of 5.

A subsequent chapter takes a deep-dive into the influence of Ramirez’s cousin, and relative to that, the things he witnessed and learned due to this influence. In fact, Ramirez had his first encounter with death due to his cousin involving Richard in his crimes, and the narration does an excellent job taking the listener through the series of events which ultimately led to the development of a burglar, then a rapist, and then a murderer. I appreciated the number of quotes that Richmond utilized in his writing, incorporating Richard Ramirez’s own words into the facts and storytelling. For example, the writing utilizes many quotes from Ramirez in describing his ‘awakening’ at age 12 (that first encounter with death), in which he describes feeling “intrigued”, and a “tingly feeling” upon seeing the body. Descriptions straight from the mouth of the ‘monster’ enhance the audio-book and the details provided. Chapters cover all the way up through the trial, his marriage, and his death, and includes he and his family’s reactions to his guilty verdict.

As previously stated, even for listeners already familiar with Richard Ramirez’s crimes, this reading is an exceptional choice. It is several hours long- perfect for a long car ride or a free afternoon. The writing flows smoothly from one chapter into the next, and the level of detail and information provided is impressive. This script is, in fact, one of the most detailed I have ever had the pleasure of reading, and the author’s skill and research efforts really show. Fans of true crime will love it.

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Quick true crime listen

This was a great true crime listen that I easily finished in a couple drives to work. Without knowing much about the subject beforehand, it was interesting to learn about his childhood and background.

The narration was very good, it was easy to distinguish between narration and character dialogue. Good pacing and tone.

Anyone who wants to learn about this infamous serial killer without listening to something too scary should enjoy this one.

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A horror of true crime

I received a free copy of this audio book at my request and voluntarily left this honest review.
This book is a window of the horror of true crime.
A truly good read.

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  • K.J.H.
  • 06-16-22

Night Stalker

I really enjoyed this one. It had a nice flow and started from his childhood. I even learned a few things which was a nice surprise.

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  • ACupofWonderland
  • 03-17-21

A excellent introduction to the Night Stalker Case

With the growing rise in popularity of the true-crime genre, primarily thanks to Netflix’s increased production of such programmes, it’s no surprise that true crime novels are being published left, right and centre. However, it can often be hard to know where to begin especially when you’re unfamiliar with certain serial killers or crimes.

Well, James Richmond’s true crime novel, Night Stalker, is a short yet terrifying account and introduction to Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker. Richmond is unafraid to recount the gore of Ramirez’s crimes without overwhelming the reader or listener with too much information. Instead, Richmond’s approach to the Night Stalker case takes the reader right into the mind of a serial killer on the brink of being caught before unravelling his life from the beginning.

Paired with Aaron Smith’s narration, who is the perfect voice to narrate the events, it becomes an easy listen. Although, not one you’d like to listen to alone or while walking home at night as the details are genuinely unnerving.

Instead, Richmond and Smith paired together to create an atmospheric account of Ramierez’s life and the events that lead him to become the Night Stalker in a factual light. Moreover, Smith can take the matter of fact tone from Richmond’s writing and creating a chilling narration that acts as the perfect introduction to anyone new to the Night Stalker case.

Highly recommend this to anyone considering the Netflix series but want to have some understanding of the case before they delve much further.