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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Insightful

I found this book very insightful and informative.

Only issue I have is when a male narrator turns his voice into a female voice. I know it's to make it as authentic as possible but it sounds annoying. But else the narrator did a good job

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A great example of serial-killer true crime!

"The Night Stalker" by Philip Carlo is certainly one of the most detailed and exhaustively-researched works of true crime I have ever read. Of particular interest are his insights into Ramirez's character and the workings of the mind and motivations of this infamous killer. Very impressive!

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one of the best of this genre

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.

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  • Lee
  • 03-12-14

Excellent True Crime. Shocking and Insightful.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What does Jeff Harding bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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
psyche.

Any additional comments?

Excellent true crime, in depth, exciting, intriguing and expertly read and written. Highly recommended.

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  • Dominic
  • 04-22-14

Starts well then heads down hill

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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!

Would you ever listen to anything by Philip Carlo again?

Yes, I have listened to a few of his books but this is very bloated.

What three words best describe Jeff Harding’s performance?

Clear, Concise and engaging

Do you think The Night Stalker needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no, it needs to be massively edited to 5 hours from the 20 hour bore it is now.

Any additional comments?

Shame, it just needs a good editor to keep the flow and excitement going.

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  • Paul
  • 02-24-15

Ok, in parts

Dragged a little and not much insight into the mind of the serial killer, more a factual retelling of events

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  • Mrs. J. Jackson
  • 04-12-14

if you want to sleep & don't mind bad language

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

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.

Would you ever listen to anything by Philip Carlo again?

not a chance, You mean he has written more, I assume that was before this one,

Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Harding’s performances?

I say nothing wrong with Jeff Harding don't blame a workman for his tools.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

waisted time , disappointment, wasted credit. it was not worth anger.

Any additional comments?

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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  • Chris Noble
  • 07-20-18

Fascinating insight. brilliantly told.

Crlo is a master of his craft. such depth of content and his research its easy to picture yourself within the killers mind.

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  • M. Bateman
  • 11-14-17

Enthralling

Loved every minute of it. Thankyou to the author and narrator. Will relisten no doubt some day should I require to be reminded of Ramirez’s grisly exploits.

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  • Jing Jongu
  • 01-22-17

Chilling, extremely detailed account of events

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I have had an interest in true crime since I was young, and have always been fascinated by Serial Killers, particularly Ramirez.
The images of him standing like a bad ass in court with a pentagram on his palm, and cursing out the judge on numerous occasions drew my morbid interest like a moth to a flame. I didn't however know the full details of his crimes, until I listened to this book.
The first part is fascinating, laying out in extreme detail everything he did, and it was only then I appreciated what an absolute piece of s***t this guy was.

The second part is about his childhood and is pretty interesting to hear the various things he went through and did with his various family members etc.

The third part is the trial, and this is where it really could have done with editing. It is a VERY long, VERY detailed and VERY drawn out account of seemingly every single thing that happened, involving so many people my head was spinning; I made it through most of this part, but I eventually ended up skipping to the sentencing.

The penultimate part mainly revolves around the women that were obsessed with him, and it is mind boggling to me that these women exist. Finally we are 'treated' to an interview the author was granted with Richard himself, this part I was particularly looking forward to hearing, but I was ultimately quite disappointed. I found it very jarring (as was the case with the trial section) with the narrator going between each person prefacing every line with

Richard said:
I said:
Richard said
I said:

Over and over and over. Even when just one word is spoken. Richard said: yes. I said: OK.
This made this part that I was looking forward to almost unlistenable and I found myself just praying for it to finish.

Overall, a very good book if you are interested in true crime. Just don't be afraid of using the skip button after the first part, you won't miss much.

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  • robert
  • 03-05-16

Terrible

Awful, over dramatic narration of what is a virtual homage to a sick loser from a gushing fan. Within five minutes you will hear the line 'he used shadows the way Fred Astaire used Ginger Rogers' and it carries on like that throughout. If you want an interesting analysis of a prolific serial killer then this is not it, this is what you get when an impressionable author spends too much time in the company of a manipulative psychopath.

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  • francesca
  • 07-27-15

Creepy yet interesting

The book is interesting although could be edited down into a some what less drawn out novel. If you are interested in endless back story then I would recommend this book.

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  • Effie
  • 12-11-14

Repetitive

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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

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-06-18

it was good

I liked it, dragged on a bit with the court stuff, interesting about the groupies, bizarre

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-23-17

Long but another great book by P.C

I had previously brought the paperback but found the font straining on my eyes (very small) thought I would give it a try for my first audio book and glad I did. Very crazy story, scary! But I'm certainly glad I read it!!!

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  • Ryan
  • 04-03-17

I made it, but wow.

It's an amazing story, great details here and the first half was great.
Carlo is a fantastic researcher but not a great author. Much like many of his books, he repeats himself over and over and it gets annoying.
The second half (10hrs) or this book it basically court transcripts and could have been cut by about 9 hours.
Also the voices the narrator does are unnecessary and grating, especially the female ones.
I don't regret getting it but it's a hard slog.

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  • DANIEL
  • 12-01-16

wow

loved it so much, Philip carlo is a wordsmith. Richard is a crazy man with the poise of the devil himself...
great book

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  • timothy
  • 10-11-16

very in-depth and informative

loved this book. It covered every aspect from early life right through to the trial and after.

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  • Monica
  • 06-07-16

sensational

What a wonderfullly well written book! i couldnt put it down. My heart goes out to those whom have lost from the hand of this person and to his family that also must share this life long sentence..

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  • stu
  • 07-09-15

Great read

loved this book, Found it fascinating.....If you enjoy this subject matter then you'll love this. ....Was also read perfectly by the narrator.