Woman speaks on passing of serial killer uncle

Ramirez, second to right (Source: Shelly Ramirez)
Ramirez, second to right (Source: Shelly Ramirez)
Ramirez, front and center (Source: Shelly Ramirez)
Ramirez, front and center (Source: Shelly Ramirez)
Ramirez in court
Ramirez in court

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Notorious serial killer Richard Ramirez has died in San Quentin prison.

Widely known as the "Night Stalker," Ramirez was found guilty in 1989 for 13 counts of murder, attempted murder, sexual assault, and burglary.

Ramirez is one of Los Angeles's most prolific serial killers. He was sentenced to death and put on San Quentin's death row.

The California Department of Corrections says Ramirez died of natural causes.

Ramirez has ties to Southern Arizona. The night he was captured, he was getting ready to board a greyhound bus to come to Catalina.

Shelly Ramirez, who resides in Tucson, was young when her uncle Richie was arrested for dozens of killings.

She met him a handful of times and used to be pen pals with him while he was in prison. She says her family tries to hide it, but she is speaking out tonight and says what her uncle did was wrong.

Shelly shared photos of her uncle when he was a youngster, along with some of his siblings.

She said Richard started hanging around with the wrong crowd when he was 18. She says he got into drugs, joined cults and began worshiping the devil.

He was notorious for breaking into homes through unlocked doors and windows and also making his victims swear to Satan before he would kill them.

Shelly says she visited him in court and at San Quentin while he was on death row. But, she stopped seeing him when he acted inappropriately during one of those visits.

Her family is having a hard time coming to terms with his death but say they're glad he died peacefully, rather than execution style.

"How do you defend somebody that's done something so cruel and mean like that to somebody? And not just one person, but many people. They know it actually bothered me. It's something I actually went to counseling for."

Richard Ramirez leaves behind a wife.

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