After being sent to death row in 1989, following his conviction for 13 murders and 4 attempted murders in California, the “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez has died at age 53. TMZ reports that the serial killer died from Hepatitis C, though his death is being attributed to natural causes.
While Ramirez was convicted of 13 killings, many believe there were more victims. He was also convicted on 11 counts of sexual assault. His last victim survived and saw the car Ramirez drove away in. Eventually police tracked down the stolen vehicle and lifted a fingerprint from it.
From there, mugshots of Ramirez were shown on television and printed in newspapers. He was then found, trying to steal another car, by a mob of angry citizens in East Los Angeles. The group severely beat him before he was arrested. Ramirez is often remembered for showing off a pentagram tattoo on his palm during the trial.
After his conviction, Ramirez was sentenced to death. His 2006 appeal to have the sentence overturned was denied.