Night Stalker hid a key up his ass for years
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Nine months after his death, KRON 4 has learned that Richard Ramirez, the man responsible for murderous rampage that terrorized Californians in the mid-1980s, plotted to escape San Quentin State Prison.
In 1993, Ramirez, more infamously known as the Night Stalker, was charged with possession of escape paraphernalia because he had a handcuff key hidden in his rectum, officials said.
In an article on the NY Post web site, the serial killer told sources that he had planned to escape the moment he stepped inside the maximum-security prison. “If he went free, he would have killed a lot more people before the cops cut him down. That’s how he wanted it,” a source told NY post.
The serial killer had been on death row at San Quentin since he was convicted in 1989 of 13 murders in 1984 and 1985, including the death of 9-year old Mei Leung and a retired man who lived near Lowell High School. Ramirez was also found guilty of rape, sodomy, oral copulation, burglary and attempted murder.
Ramirez struck mostly at night, ransacking homes looking for valuables sometimes killing the male resident and raping the female, often more than once.
The Night Stalker’s victims were in their 60s and older, others were in their 20s and 30s. He used guns, knives, and fists. He sometimes scrawled pentagrams and lyrics of heavy metal songs at crime scenes.
Ramirez was finally apprehended in 1985 by a mob of East LA residents who recognized him from his mugshot plastered in the media.
In 1998, Ramirez incurred a rules violation for engaging in an unauthorized business. Ramirez was selling his artwork through the U.S. Mail. Pursuant to state law, inmates are not to actively engage in a business or profit-making activity without authorization. There was a letter written to Ramirez at this time and the phrase “prison escapes” is in the letter; however, the 1998 rules violation was not about an escape attempt nor was Ramirez charged with attempting to escape.
The source in the NY Post article said Ramirez was going to fake an illness so he could be taken to a hospital off prison grounds with only two cops keeping an eye on him.
Ramirez died June 7 at age 53 at a hospital where he had been taken for treatment of liver failure.
The Marin County coroner’s office said that Ramirez died of complications from B-cell lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. It listed other “significant conditions” including chronic substance abuse and hepatitis C, which is often spread by the use of intravenous drugs.
So just to recap, a famous prisoner threatened to escape, hid a key in his ass for years, then was caught with said key and never escaped. Don’t really see what the hub bub is all about, that’d be like me saying I brought a condom with me to the bar….I ALMOST took down a chick with it.
Really no story if you ask me other than the threat of that dude coming back out into society, which yes is obviously is pretty scary but if you polled all the prisoners anonymously if they had a plan in place to escape, you’d be looking at real high percentage. As in all of them. Clean it up Kron 4.