Mercedes Ramirez: Everything To Know About Richard Ramirez’s Mother

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Mercedes Ramirez: Everything To Know About Richard Ramirez’s Mother
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Mercedes Ramirez is recognized as the mother of an American serial killer, rapist, and burglar Richard Ramirez whose crime spree took place in California between June 1984 and August 1985. Ramirez’s son was also widely known as the ‘Night Stalker’ before identifying his real identity.

Talking about her personal life, Mercedes was married to Ciudad Juarez Policeman Julian Ramirez. From her married life, Mercedes also became a mother of five. Unfortunately, her married life wasn’t that great as her husband was an alcoholic and had an anger issue. So, Mercedes along with her children had to become the victims of physical abuse.

Here, in this article, we will let you know everything about Night Stalker’s mother Mercedes Ramirez including her early detail and nasty married life with her then-husband.

Who Is Mercedes Ramirez? Details On Richard Ramirez’s Mother  

As said earlier, Mercedes is the biological mother of a Night Stalker Richard Ramirez. Talking about her early life, no information is available in the media. She only grabbed the media’s attention just due to her son’s infamous crime.

She gave birth to her son Richard on February 19, 1960, in El Paso, Texas, the United States. While growing up, her son moved to the notorious path and later came out as a criminal. By committing the heinous crime, Mercedes’ son is now famous with an alias like ‘The Night Stalker, The Walk-In Killer, The Valley Intruder, and Richard Mena.”

Besides, Ramirez was a Mexican immigrant to America. She, thus, probably holds double citizenship Mexican and American.

Mercedes Ramirez Married Ciudad Juarez Policeman; Her Husband Was Abusive

The Mexican girl, Mercedes got married to her husband Julian Ramirez, a Mexican native and Ciudad Juarez Policeman. The detail of their marriage is not known but it seems like, Richard Ramirez’s mother tolerated her husband’s mistreatment from the beginning of their marriage.

Mercedes Ramirez husband Julian.
Mercedes Ramirez with her Husband Julian

However, Ramirez didn’t leave her husband’s side and together Ramirez migrated to the United States with her spouse and children. The former couple started living in El Paso, Texas. In the new place, her spouse Julian started working as a laborer on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway.

So many good changes in their life had happened but still Mercedes had to go through physical abuse as her husband, the former policeman was an alcoholic and was prone to anger.

Ramirez Is The Mother Of Five With Her Spouse  

Talking about her children, The Night Stalker Richard was not her only child instead the criminal was the youngest one. Before him, Mercedes already had 4 kids named Robert Ramirez, Ruth Ramirez, Joseph Ramirez, and Ruben Ramirez.

As per sources, all her children were born with birth defects from respiratory difficulty to bone deformities. All of her children grew up in an abusive environment. As a result, her children suffered some kinds of problems while growing up. Mercedes’ son Robert developed a drug problem and Ruben, one in five was arrested for stealing a car as per the description in the book The Night Stalker by the author Philip Carlo.

Mercedes Ramirez Was A Factory Worker; She Met An Accident When She Was Pregnant 

Ramirez was a working woman. Since her husband was an alcoholic, Ramirez probably had chosen to work due to the responsibility of many children. She used to work in a boot factory.

While working in the factory, she was exposed to chemical fumes. In the meantime, she was reported to be pregnant with her youngest child Richard. In her life, she went through a lot, from physical abuse from her husband to such a cruel accident. Counting on all this, she must have lived all her life in suffering.

Mercedes Ramirez’s Youngest Son Richard Ramirez Was A Vicious Criminal

Her youngest son, Richard was convicted of 13 counts of murder, 5 counts of attempted murder, 11 counts of sexual assaults, and 14 counts of burglary. For all his criminal record, he was given a 19-death sentence.

From a very young age, her son Richard who was married once to Doreen Lioy paved his path to crime. Since his childhood, he suffered from his father’s abusive behavior and probably his mother couldn’t give a proper time to him. So, he started chasing his cousin Miguel ‘Mike’ Ramirez, a decorated U.S. Army Green Beret Combat Veteran. He fascinated Richard by narrating his gruesome stories of raping women whilst he was in the Vietnam war.

Mercedes Ramirez Son was criminal
Mercedes Ramirez’s Son, Richard Ramirez, famously known as The Night Stalker

With this fascination, Mercedes’s son developed a strong interest in Satanism and the occult, dropped out of High school, and later moved to Los Angeles. There, he started using cocaine in excessive amounts and slowly embarked on a life of crime.

Her Son Had A Mental Illness, Schizoid Personality Disorder

As per Psychiatrist Michael H. Stone, Ramirez’s criminal son went through this untreatable mental illness called Schizoid Personality Disorder. According to him, multiple scars that he experienced before age 6, were the prominent reason behind developing such an illness.

The disorder that Richard suffered led him to temporal lobe epilepsy, aggressivity, and hypersexuality.

Mercedes’ Criminal Son, Richard Is Featured in Several Series And Documentaries Too

Based on his horrifying criminal activities, many movies and series have been made till the year 2022. First, in 1989, a TV movie named Manhunt: Search for the Night Stalker was made. After that, the 2002 film Night Stalker was produced based on his life history.

Similarly, in 2009 and 2016, two other film with the title The Night Stalker was produced narrating his criminal activities. In the fifth and ninth seasons of American Horror Story, Richard was featured. The 2020 documentary film Just A Guy also showed up the story of Richard and the women he corresponds with. Lately, in 2021, Netflix released a documentary about him titled Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer.

Her Son Richard Died At The Age Of 53

On June 7, 2013, her son who was sentenced to prison died at the age of 53 in California. He was admitted to Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, California due to complications secondary to B-cell lymphoma and also has been affected by “chronic substance abuse and chronic hepatitis C viral infection”.

On his death, his family told El Paso Times,

“We are mourning the loss of our son and brother, Richard Ramirez,

The world judged him, whether fairly or unfairly, it no longer matters.

“He is now before the true judge, the judge that sees and knows all things. We ask that you respect our sorrow and grief.”

Coming up to 2022, it has already been 9 years since the popular Night Stalker left the world.

Where is Mercedes Ramirez Now?

Regarding her present situation, nothing is known. After the death of her son, Mercedes Ramirez never appeared in the media. So, neither about her nor her family, null information is revealed.

However, there are a lot of possibilities that she is no longer in the world or maybe she is living somewhere with her family. Nothing can be said with certainty.

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