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Former El Pasoan known as the "Night Stalker" dies in prison

SAN QUENTIN
Friday, June 7, 2013 - 1:17pm

San Quentin officials have confirmed Richard Ramirez has died in a hospital in California.

Ramirez, 53, died at 9:10 am Friday morning and died from hepatitis c.

Officials said Ramirez was at a hospital in San Rafael, CA where he died.

Ramirez was on death row after he was convicted in 1989 of torturing, sexually abusing and murdering 13 people in Southern California in the late 1980's.

He was found guilty in 1989 of 13 counts of murder, and numerous other counts of attempted murder, sexual assault and burglary.

Ramirez graduated from Jefferson High School in El Paso.

Ramirez was 36 when he married a 41 year old freelance writer who went by the name Doreen L. while in prison in 1996.

At the time, Doreen said she saw an attractive, vulnerable man who still exhibits boyish qualities.

San Quentin officials said since 1978 when California reinstated capital punishment, 59 condemned inmates (including Ramirez) have died from natural causes, 22 have committed suicide, 13 have been executed in California, one was executed in Missouri; and six have died from other causes. There are 735 offenders on California’s death row.  

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