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The Night Stalker: The Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez (Pinnacle True Crime) Mass Market Paperback – 25 Apr 2006


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing; New edition edition (25 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786018100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786018109
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 4.1 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 620,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Sept. 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Good book and highly informative. A huge amount of information and detail in there and it's a big one at 560 pages. Carlo has obviously really done his homework. The subject is covered thoroughly including the details of the crimes, Ramirez's personal life, the cops' details and his family. With the narrative narrative breaking down into 4 sections, Carlo starts by detailing the crimes and the movements of the Stalker and doesn't mention him by his real name until the police figure out who he is. Then then he details Ramirez's life and family up to his arrest. Then there is a lengthy section about the the trial and finally the aftermath. Interespersed into all of this are the details of the victims, cops, judges, lawyers, associated criminals, jurers etc.
On the whole this book full of information on every aspect of the story and very detailed, but there are arguably three minor criticisms that could levelled at it:
Firstly - the amount of detail given for the trial was a little bit overkilled - this took up 200+ pages which is more than 1/3 of the book. Having flicked through the book beforehand I was dreading trawling through all of that, but in fairness it did move along quickly enough I have to say, even if at times it felt like he was stopping just short of describing every lunch, bathroom or smoke break that the jurors, judge, lawyers and witnesses involved had along the way!! By eliminating a lot of the repetitive stuff like the Hernandez boys arguing with Halpin and the judge pulling them up and some other things like that, this could have been trimmed to 120 or less pages I would have thought.
Secondly - parts are badly edited and he seems to repeat himself on several occasions. This is particularly noticeable when uses the same metaphors/similes/symbols etc.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Mar. 1999
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I love true crime, and this book was a special treat. All of us sickos out there will get our fix of horrific real-life events, and there's one particular courtroom accusation that will make anyone's eyes mist up. Some people don't like the quite detailed courtoom forensic stuff, but it brings to light the fact that it takes SO much evidence to get a guilty verdict even when someone is so obviously GUILTY. There are some gruesome pictures resulting from these crimes, but unfortunately, as it often is in the world of True Crime novels, they are not featured in the "8 pages of shocking photos" section. Over all, exellent modern True crime epic, you learn to love Ramirez.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 April 1999
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The Night Stalker is one of the most interesting books I have read, alone with Stranger beside me, is one of my favorites, I am planning to read it one more time. I really recommend it to all true crime fans. You cannot let it go! Richard Ramirez was one of the most brutal serial killers that had lived.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 July 1998
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This book was definitely one of the better true crime books I have read. Truly horrifying and very well written. I however don't understand how readers can cry for this monster who deserved a punishment like what he inflicted on his helpless victims. I can't understand how readers cried for him. I have the feeling if he weren't an attractive man there would be no tears. A great, throught provoking book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec. 1998
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This book was very well written - factual, eloquent, thorough, detailed, objective. The writer takes you from beginning to end of this vicious, evil and heartrending account of a serial killer's trail. This book will give you goose bumps especially if you live in the LA basin, even now. It's a "hit home hard" story that will give you lumps in your throat at the obvious disregard this killer had for his victims. His allegiance to the devil incited my hunger to increase my awareness of and find out more about devil-worshipers and their love for Satan. It will make you check your doors and windows twice before going to bed at night.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Sept. 1997
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The Night Stalker: The Life And Crimes Of Richard Ramirez Is Simply One If Not The Greatest Book I Have Ever Read. As Said, It Grips You From Begging To End, Its Like A Sick Roller Coaster, You Hate What He's Doing And Going On, But Then You Cant Help But Feel Sorry For Him, His Childhood, The Way He Grew Up, His Influences, His Enviroment, You Have To Factor Everything In To See What Makes Him Tick, Again This Book Is Pure Genius, Described Very Well, And Just Simply One Of The Best Books About Someone Besides A Biography.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Dec. 1998
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Carlo did a great job of telling about Rameriz's actual crimes. He made it seem as real as possible and actually made me cry! The only part I was bored with was when he was getting into the court trial, but that is because I am more interested in what he did. I am not a courtroom person, so I am not interested in that section of the story. I was very pleased with the detail of his actions. The psychology behind the criminal mind is what I am interested in. I think a true crime buff would really enjoy this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Peers on 6 April 2009
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This is probably the best book on the case you're likely to encounter. Not only does Philip Carlo describe each individual murder, but he dedicates a large portion of the book to including the history of Richard Ramirez, the circumstances leading to his life of crime, and his family. Reading the other reviews, I see that people have picked up on the drawn-out section about the trial, and I have to admit that I skim-read that section. However, you don't have to read every last bit, there is lots of other information, all of it well-researched. The best part of it is probably the interview. You'll be surprised at Ramirez's analytical, sophisticated personality. He rarely gets angry, and sounds like the sort of person you'd gladly talk to on a bus. This is an outstanding book, and deserves recognition as a true crime classic.
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