E62: The Night Stalker

Happy Halloween! This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Richard Ramirez AKA the Night Stalker, who in April of 1984 went on a killing spree in California, mutilating and murdering at least 14 people. For over a year, Ramirez crept into houses in the middle of the night to rape and torture randomly selected victims.

We dive into the Stats (7:08), the setting (8:15), the killers early life (13:13) and the timeline (20:52).  Then, we get into the investigation & arrest (47:32), the trial (52:27) followed by “Where are they now?” (55:07). We get into our Take Aways and what we think made the perp snap (57:45 ).  

As usual we close out the show with how not to get murdered tips (1:02:33), true crime news (1:05:53) and some shout outs (1:07:55).

Thanks for listening! This is a weekly podcast and new episodes drop every Thursday, so until next time… look alive guys, it’s crazy out there!

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How Not to Get Murdered

Halloween Safety Tips

Crime News

Kelly, Lidia. (10/27/19). Ivan Milat death: Serial killer behind Australian backpacker murders dies in prison aged 74. The Independent. Retrieved 10/27/19 from https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/ivan-milat-death-backpacker-serial-killer-cancer-cause-age-a9173396.html

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Shout Outs



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