Decades after Richard Ramirez left thirteen dead and paralyzed the city of Los Angeles, his name is still synymous with fear, torture, and sadistic murder. Philip Carlo's classic The Night Stalker, based on years of meticulous research and extensive interviews with Ramirez, revealed the killer and his horrifying crimes to be even more chilling than anyone could have imagined. From watching his cousin commit murder at age eleven to his nineteen 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.
Philip Carlo was born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. His research for The Night Stalker included spending over 100 hours with Richard Ramirez at San Quentin's Death Row. The photo above was taken on the day of Ramirez's wedding on Death Row. He also wrote the true-crime bestsellers The Ice Man, The Butcher, and Gaspipe.