The ‘Night Stalker’ In ‘American Horror Story: 1984’ Is Real & We’re Terrified

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Anyone looking for their horror fix doesn’t need to wait anymore: the ninth season of Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology horror series premiered last night, and with it, we were let in on a harrowing American Horror Story: 1984 true story clue. Turns out, one of this season’s monsters existed in real life.

In last night’s season premiere, we met him as “The Night Stalker” (played by Zach Villa, who also looks eerily similar to his character’s real-life counterpart). The Night Stalker makes his appearance as he breaks into Brooke’s (Emma Roberts) apartment and attacks her. Brooke manages to fight him off—we won’t spoil how—but he doesn’t leave without making a truly terrifying threat: “You’re going to be famous,” he said, “You’re going to die by the hands of the Night Stalker. I will find you. Satan will show me the way!” Yup, trespassing and abuse aren’t all he’s got to offer; The Night Stalker is a Satanist, too. Unfortunately for Brooke, he’s a Satanist who also happens to keep a promise—later in the episode, The Night Stalker makes a reappearance to stalk her at the creepy summer camp where she’s working as a counselor. Yikes.

All of these behaviors—the stalking, breaking and entering, and abuse—directly mimic the actions of the real life Night Stalker. Here’s what we know about him:

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TRIGGER WARNING : GRAPHIC CONTENT ⚠️ -Ramirez was abused by his father. His mother worked around dangerous chemicals while pregnant with him. He suffered multiple head injuries as a child. -Ramirez’ cousin Mike, a Vietnam Special Forces Veteran used to boast about killing and torturing enemies. He also showed him polaroids of his victims. Ramirez was present the night Mike shot and killed his wife and blood spattered his face. -It is said that Ramirez had extremely bad breath and lived off of junk food. -Ramirez didn’t have specific victim ages or genders. -“ August 24, Ramirez wounds Bill Carns, 29, with three bullets to the head. He then raped Carn's fiancee, Inez Erickson, twice. As Ramirez drove away Erickson seen his car. It was an orange Toyota station wagon. A local teenager also noticed the car and it's driver. He took down then number plate and gave it to police. The end was near. On August 30 police found the car abandoned. From it they lifted a single finger print. Ramirez was identified. They issued a APB for Ramirez and his mug shots were shown on national TV. The next day Ramirez's picture was on the cover of every major newspaper in the state, and on every TV news bulletin. Ramirez had no idea of this until he walked into a liquor store and seen himself staring at him from that days newspaper. Ramirez panicked as other customers realised that it was him. He ran 2 miles in the next 12 minutes, then decided to steal a car. Unfortunately for Ramirez he was in a particularly tough neighbourhood and ended up being rescue by the police as he was being beaten badly by the local thugs.“ (murderpedia) -In between murders, Ramirez would sometimes abduct girls, molest or rape them, and then let them go. -July 20th, 1985 Ramirez killed 5 victims in two locations. • • • • • • • #indiewax #indiewaxmelts #waxmelts #waxmeltaddict #waxmeltjunkie #waxmeltobsessed #whatsinmywarmer #waxtarts #waxmelt #witchyvibes #witchesofinstagram #serialkiller #serialkillerfacts #fallscents #fallcandles #fall #spookyseason #halloween #autumnscents #richardramirez #thenightstalker #ramirez #leatherisclever #leather #denimandleather #karma #instantkarma

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His name was Richard Ramirez.

The Night Stalker was born as Richard Ramirez in El Paso, Texas as one of five children to Mexican parents. His father, who worked on the Santa Fe railroad, was reportedly physically abusive—which certainly did not set up a moral compass for young “Richie” Ramirez.

He was influenced by his older cousin.

Ramirez spent a great deal of time with his cousin Miguel “Mike” Ramirez, a decorated Vietnam War veteran. Mike often bragged about his appalling experiences to Richie, some of which included raping Vietnamese women and posing in Polaroid flicks with their decapitated heads. He also began taking drugs and committing small crimes with Richie, who was only around 12 years old at the time. Later, Richie was present when his cousin murdered his wife, Jessie. This incident sent young Ramirez on a downward spiral—he began to take harder drugs, such as LSD, and develop an interest in Satanism. This marked the start of Ramirez’s commitment toward more serious crimes.

His murder spree began in 1984.

Ramirez murdered at least 14 people between April of 1984 and August of 1985 (which is when he was apprehended), and raped or tortured dozens more. He was known for his home invasions—at first, he was popularized as the “Walk-In Killer” and the “Valley Intruder,” as he broke into homes across California. He commonly attacked his victims before stealing their valuable possessions, and most of his victims were women or couples.

His crimes ended in 1985.

Only because he was caught. After his photograph was released by the authorities to the public, a group of bystanders committed the ultimate act of justice when they saw him attempting to flee via the Santa Ana Freeway. They held the murderer down and beat him until authorities arrived. Ramirez was later convicted of 13 counts of murder, five counts of attempted murder, 11 counts of sexual assault and 14 counts of burglary on September 20, 1989. Soon thereafter, he was sentenced to death—yet he spent the next two decades on death row and was never executed. Instead, he died of lymphoma related complications on June 7, 2013.

So don’t worry, AHS fans. The Night Stalker exists no more.