Richard Ramirez, better known as the “Night Stalker,” has died.
The serial killer terrorized Southern California in the 1980s with a list of 13 convicted murders, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries, all in the time span of one year.
The 53-year-old was awaiting execution at the time of his death, which was announced at Marin General Hospital at 9:10 am on Friday morning.
Ramirez was captured by civilians in 1985, after he tried to hijack a car during a dramatic police chase. He had been on the run for 20 minutes with seven Los Angeles Police patrol cars and a helicopter trailing him when four citizens grabbed and subdued him.
He was sent to San Quentin’s death row in 1989 after being convicted. He died of natural causes.