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.
"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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Excellent True Crime. Shocking and Insightful.
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.
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.
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.
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
Excellent true crime, in depth, exciting, intriguing and expertly read and written. Highly recommended.
Starts well then heads down hill
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!
Yes, I have listened to a few of his books but this is very bloated.
Clear, Concise and engaging
no, it needs to be massively edited to 5 hours from the 20 hour bore it is now.
Shame, it just needs a good editor to keep the flow and excitement going.