'Night Stalker' Richard Ramirez dies of hepatitis C

'Night Stalker' Richard Ramirez dies of hepatitis C

POSTED: Friday, June 7, 2013 - 10:34am

UPDATED: Friday, June 7, 2013 - 2:09pm

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, a professed "satanist," was dubbed the "Night Stalker" for his preference of breaking into houses in the wee hours of the morning.

His attacks, many of them on elderly couples, terrified Southern California. His preferred method of attack was to quickly kill the male and rape -- sometimes repeatedly -- the female after ransacking the home for valuables. Some of his victims survived and provided descriptions, but police were unable to name a suspect.

Arrested in 1985, Ramirez was convicted and sentenced to die in 1989. 

According to records Ramirez was admitted into San Quentin on 11/16/1989.

Ramirez attended 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.

  - CNN contributed to this report

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