The Night Stalker by Philip Carlo

The Night Stalker

Painstakingly researched over three years, based on nearly one hundred hours of exclusive interviews with Richard Ramirez on California's Death Row, The Night Stalker is the definitive account of America's most feared serial murderer.From Ramirez's earliest brushes with the law to his deadliest stalking expeditions to the unprecedented police and civilian manhunt that resulted in one of the most sensational trials in California history, The Night...

Details The Night Stalker

TitleThe Night Stalker
Release DateMay 1st, 2006
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, Mystery, Biography, Audiobook, Horror, History, Biography Memoir, Thriller

Reviews The Night Stalker

  • Johnny Story
    The first half of the book is great, following the 13 murders and couple of near fatal rape-assaults of Richard Ramirez in LA in 1984-1985. Though some might find him a more dynamic or interesting serial killer because of his allegiance to Satan; I find him more boring and more of a coward than most psychopath serial killers. The author Carlo pushes his oxymoronic subtle sermons (views/themes) all too often and almost seems to make excuses for ho...
  • Brett C
    I was very intrigued by this story from the beginning. The book is broken into four sections: the murderous rampage, his capture, the trial, and then the epilogue. The author did an excellent job of giving the detailed account of the Night Stalker's gruesome story.For me the intriguing part was his commitment to devil worship and the power of Satan. According to him worshipping the devil helped him accomplish these home invasions/robberies/murder...
  • Eva Leger
    Wow. This was recommended to me awhile ago and since I have this thing with fat mass markets I let it sit. I didn't see how Carlo could possibly fill 592 pages with interesting information but I'll be damned if he didn't do just that.I fall into the category of people who are much more into the actual crime and life of the people involved rather than the long, drawn out, boring court cases. So not the case here. The long, drawn out court case was...
  • Lisa
    I can't think of anything or anyone who terrifies me quite as much as Richard Ramirez, The Night Stalker. Responsible for a wave of brutal murders that left LA panicked and paralysed in the mid '80s, the Stalker was a home invader. Breaking into houses in the early hours, he would usually kill any men found on the premises before turning his horrifying attentions to the women, and any children left. Even though Ramirez is now thankfully in prison...
  • Niki
    I love true crime and serial killers and the first half of this book was OK. Great detail about the individual crimes and the men and women hunting the killer.The second half of the book was boring as hell. You're essentially reading the transcripts from the trial and they aren't interesting. It reiterates everything you already read in the first half. I skimmed all of it looking for something interesting. It would have been nice if the author ha...
  • Joe
    I liked this book, it's well written, a lot of detail was put down on every crime Richard committed. The only thing a had a problem understading was almost at the end, when Philip Carlo is writing about these women that were attracted to this Richard Ramirez, one actually married him. For crying out loud!!!.. What the hell is wrong with them?!!... this a-hole beat and raped women in the commission of his crimes, how incredibly stupid can these id...
  • Licha
    Such a well researched book. This case has always fascinated me, probably because I remember being scared of the Nightstalker when I was younger. I remember we made sure to lock our doors and windows at the time. You could sense the whole city being on edge when all this was taking place. The book is very detailed and it is a very good read. Hard to put down.
  • Angela DeSilva
    This is the superior of the two Night Stalker books on Richard Ramirez.
  • Cwn_annwn_13
    As sleazy, trashy, sensationalized and exploitive as they tend to be I still have a weakness for true crime books. What Ramirez did was very disturbing and out and out evil. He did things like stab old ladies while they were sleeping and rape invalids. Almost equally as disturbing is this guy had female groupies fighting over him, including a juror, and Church of Satan nerds fawning over him and visiting him in prison. In this book the author put...
    WOW! The details in this book are very captivating. It's sad to know that this wasn't fiction.Richard's childhood was a very odd one, starting with the sexual encounter he has with a cousin. The author of the books seems to insinuate that this is where Richard'd grotesque thoughts began. The book was an amazing one from a True Crime reader's standpoint because of all the details of the crimes and cases Richard acted on. We got to knwo about the v...
  • Adrian Phoenix
    This one scared the crap out of me and made me make sure all doors and windows were locked. Like that would help.
  • Marina Andreou
    SCARY, DARK, HORRIFIC, YET FASCINATING, INTERESTING AND MYSTERIOUS!This is the best book on true crime I've read so far! I couldn't put the book down! I was always into true crime stories and criminal profiling and this book made me love criminology even more! The story of Richard Munoz Ramirez aka The Night Stalker is captivating yet frightening! The story begins with childhood happenings. Richard witnessed gruesome pictures of rapings and killi...
  • Lady ♥ Belleza
    Summer of 1985 in Los Angeles was a summer of terror. Richard Ramirez committed numerous break-ins leaving in his wake 13 dead bodies and many more shattered lives. He was a completely different kind of serial killer.From the back of the book: The classic account of one of the world’s most feared serial killers.Philip Carlo divides the account into 4 parts labeled books, “The Hunted and the Hunters”, “Richie”, “Capture”, “The Tria...
  • Lacey Ozzie
    This book was amazing for someone like me whom is studying the forensic criminal justice field. To see how a serial killer mind ticks and his ways was really interesting to follow. The whole court system was really amazing how it went through. I would love if Philip would write a book about each of the famous serial killers. Because he interviews them in depth and he researches their story beyond reason. On top of it he also goes into psychosocia...
  • J. Kahele
    What is so frightening about this story was that it was true. This man, Richard Ramirez existed and he killed at will, regardless of genre or age. He had fans and the court system spent over a million dollars on his trial, wasted money on a monster who had no care for the life of anyone. What really saddened me is this man lived on death row for over 23 years, with heat, food and shelter, while most of his victims laid cold in the ground, their l...
  • kaitlyn
    3 stars. the first half of this book was great - it’s obvious that a lot of research was put into it, but there is never a dull moment. carlo takes readers inside of ramirez’s head and helps explain the motives that led to him committing these gruesome crimes. however, the second half was extremely boring. i found myself skipping major portions of the trial because it was sooo long. overall though, it’s an interesting book and a good portra...
  • Bella
    I've followed this case since I learned about it and it's definitely interesting. The Night Stalker has been one of my favorite serial killers to research (not in a bad way). It's just fascinating to learn about why people like these do the things they do. I did a paper on this case for my corrections class and I started it in the beginning of the semester and didn't finish it till the end of the semester. Took me a whole semester and 20 pages to...
  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    CW: rape, murder, graphic descriptions of death and mutilations, and hybristophilia (women who love serial killers)I'm familiar with Richard Ramirez just because of his crimes and name. But, I wasn't this familiar. He's extremely disturbing. It was a fascinating book to listen to. Made my hour long commutes interesting! But, it was very disturbing at times. I feel for him at times, oddly enough, but I don't think that forgives what he did. Not go...
  • Amy
    I read a lot of these true crime books, but this one frightened me like no other. I almost put it down a couple of times, but I stuck with it. It is meticulously researched, but I did feel that the author should have highlighted the victims in the end and not the Night Stalker. Read it and you will never leave your windows open at night again.
  • Tanya
    The author really did his reserch including getting pictures, emails from the killer's fans, interviewing and visiting Richard himself. The details are very accurate and the reader feels like they are being taken to the exact location and they are in the moment the crimes are taking place. Great read, reccomended to crime lovers.
  • Gemma
    Don't do what I did and read this at night home alone with a storm battering your windows. Because this is so unbelieveably creepy that even the knowledge that Richard Ramirez languishes in San Quentin will be of any comfort.Not that this is sensationalist, it doesn't have to be. Also, would someone please write a biography of Frank Salerno? I would read that in a second.
  • Ashley
    The writing style drove me crazy. I had to give up on this one.
  • Jennifer
    This was a page-turner, easy to read. My only complaints would be that the second half was a bit repetitive, and the underlying "poor Richard Ramirez" theme was irritating.
  • Sharon Roy
    Balanced, informed, well written.
  • Niklas Pivic
    This was a fascinating book, mostly because the author has described everything as it happened, which I deem to be a very hard thing to do considering a) the subject and b) how much research he has put into this.First, Richard Ramirez is a serial killer seldom witnessed. He was intelligent, driven by simple, yet complex desires, a Satanist and had a very deranged childhood, seemingly propelled by his family troubles, including a somewhat failed f...
  • Nick Black
    richie ramirez was a dark, dark guy, and any book about him is going to be at least minimally interesting. that said, this had a lot of minor editing concerns (primarily swapping of names, especially when discussing richard's large hispanic family)--if Richard's father Julian had truly "aged twenty years" every time Carlo uses the phrase, he'd have been a hundred--and the third part (trial coverage) was exceedingly boring. i'm unsure how bugliosi...
  • Michael
    Well.... I think the first part of the book was very good. This guy was a monster. The crimes and his background were horrible and interesting. My interest started to lag during the very long and detailed trial. I don't mind the court proceedings parts of true crime books unless they take up to much time. I was really getting tired of reading about the trial in this book. I felt the author went a little to much into it. If you are a person that e...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    Creepy and horrific, if you're a fan of the true crime genre you'll probably know exactly what to expect from it, but it's still worth reading. The Night Stalker could easily pass for a horror novel; I can't believe it's non-fiction! O_o
  • Trav Rockwell
    Very well researched with all the details from beginning to end. Ramirez strikes me as a dumb criminal almost retarded.