The Night Stalker

By Philip Carlo


The genre of "The Night Stalker", is a non-fiction book, a biography written by Philip Carlo about one of the most notorious serial killers, Richard Ramirez, also known as "The Night Stalker."


Philip Carlo was a journalist and best selling biographer of Thomas Pietra, Richard Kuklinski, Anthony Casso, and Richard Ramirez. Carlo suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis  (ALS), commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease". He was bound to a wheelchair and respirator, but retained his ability to speak normally during his lifetime. He died of the disease on November 8, 2010 at age 61. Philip was involved with gang activity and focused on criminal paths. Carlo found himself in trouble with the law. AFter his experience, he decided to make a plot twist in his life and he had a desire to write books. His desire of books steered him from the criminal path.At the of age 17, he was involved in a gang fight and shot in the forehead by a .22 caliber gun.


Twenty years after Richard Ramirez left thirteen dead and paralyzed the city of Los Angeles, his name is still synonymous with fear, torture, and sadistic murder. Philip Carlo's classic The Night Stalker, based upon three 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.

Incredibly, after The Night Stalker was first published, thousands of women from all over the world began to contact Carlo, begging to be put in touch with the killer. Carlo began to interview them and, in this compelling tenth-anniversary edition, presents their disturbing stories and the dark sexual desires that would drive them towards a brutal murderer.


Main Character

The main character of the story is Richard Ramirez also known as "The Night Stalker," was an American serial killer, rapist and burglar. He was often physically abused by his father. He was influenced by his older cousin Mike who abused women when he was n the Vietnam War.  


Richard Ramirez ended up not suffering like his victims did. He died of a type of cancer. He suffered a lot as a little kid from being abused, and his 2 oldest siblings were born with birth defects. His mom was a smoker, and out of all his siblings, he came out with no birth defects. Who knows if he ever was mentally ill or it was just him being him, He grew up as a Catholic and ended up being a Satanist. The conflict of the story was that he started smoking marijuana at the age 0f 10 and was deeply influenced by his cousin. He saw Miguel kill his wife.


I was excited reading the book because it was so awesome and interesting, and I learned from some perspectives of a so called "psychopath." It was sort of creepy knowing he believe in the devil, so the book might be creepy to others.


The theme of the whole story was that even psychopaths have emotions, but then again maybe they don't.



I recommend this book to people who would like to learn about a psychopath, a monster, and a human. To learn about mental illness.


I was laughing at this book. I couldn't take the information I was given seriously because everything seemed to be a joke to me and the man, Richard Ramirez, was mentally ill and needed help right away. In my opinion, it entertained me and I learned a lot about ho he did not have any remorse emotions about killing the victims. He had no emotions whatsoever. I also learned words of wisdom by him, but don't take it literal. He had his pros and cons, as well as his good deeds. He will be remembered as an innocent little angel who fell into the right path and turned into a demonic creature.


In some way, I might have connections towards these books. I have no emotion a all sometimes, and I have the most inappropriate reactions at most times. What I never did was let my hate get to me to the point where I want to hurt someone. I might let out my anger, but not in a way where I kill someone. I can relate to Richard Wilson because of his confusion of religion, but he ended up be a Satanist. I also can relate how he is Hispanic and forced to be a Catholic. He had injuries towards his head like my sister, except my sister wasn't abused, she as just placed under irresponsible hands at the store in a shopping cart and the cart being tilted and it hits the ground breaking her forehead.