Who was Richard Ramirez’s wife, Doreen Lioy?

Doreen Lioy was born in Burbank, California USA, in 1955. While she hasn’t disclosed her exact date of birth, her zodiac sign is said to be Sagittarius and she holds American nationality. She’s a magazine editor who’s perhaps known best for being the ex-wife of Richard ‘Night Stalker’ Ramirez, who was a serial killer and a rapist.

Early life and education

Doreen was raised in Burbank as an only child by her parents who, partly because of everything that happened between Doreen and Richard, prefer to stay away from the media’s attention.

She attended a local high school at which she was planning to pursue a career as an actress or a model, however, Doreen wasn’t able to make her dreams come true. She matriculated in 1973, and while she hasn’t spoken about her further education, it’s believed that she attended a college and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in 1977.

Doreen’s career

Not a lot is known about Doreen’s career – she has apparently been working as a magazine editor for around four decades now.

Love life and marriage with Richard Ramirez

After seral killer Richard was finally caught and sent to prison, his trial was widely covered, and numerous women began sending him love letters.

One of these women was Doreen who began writing him in 1985, and it’s said that she sent him a total of 75 letters while he was in prison. She visited him around four times each week, and in 1988, Richard asked Doreen to marry him while they exchanged vows in 1996 at California’s San Quentin State Prison.

Doreen fought to not have her husband executed claiming she would commit suicide if that was to happen. Many other people appealed to the court asking for his execution to be cancelled, and this is mostly why the process took so long, as the California Supreme Court went through all those appeals. Doreen also became somewhat popular thanks to her appearance in various talk-shows including “Biography”, and she was also featured in several magazines.

Richard Ramirez

She got to star in the documentary series “THS Investigates: Love Behind Bars”, and Doreen also published a biographical book about her husband entitled “Richard Ramirez: The Night Stalker”.

Doreen and Richard went on to separate for unknown reasons, and there are two popular theories regarding their split: some believe that Doreen left him because of a nine-year old girl who was his first victim, and because he showed no remorse for her death, while others believe that he was about to die, and thus the two decided to end it so as not to torture themselves no longer.

In 2013, Richard died of blood cancer, leukemia at the Marin General Hospital.

Hobbies and other interests

Doreen has been a fan of music since she began attending elementary school, and one of her first favorite genres was rock ‘n’ roll. She eventually transitioned to blues after it became popular amongst her peers, but she then turned to country.

She’s keen on reading books and has read numerous to this day, with a couple of her favorites being “Murder on the Orient Express”, “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” and “Death on the Nile”, all written by Agatha Christie.

Doreen likes to travel, and has been to various US states including Nevada, Florida and New York.

She’s keen on watching movies in her spare time, and her favorite actors and actresses are Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway, while her favorite films include “Cast Away”, “The Runaway Bride” and “One Day”.

Richard Ramirez with wife Doreen Lioy.

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Age, height and net worth

Doreen’s age is 65. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 130lbs (59kgs). As of March 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $50,000.

Who was Richard Ramirez?

Ricardo Leyva Munoz Ramirez was born in El Paso, Texas USA, on 29 February 1960 – his zodiac sign was Pisces and he held American nationality. He was a rapist, kidnapper, pedophile, burglar and serial killer.

He was raised alongside his four siblings in El Paso, Texas, by their father Julian who was a policeman and later a laborer, and their mother Mercedes who was a housewife. Richard grew up admiring his cousin Miguel ‘Mike’ Ramirez who was a Green Beret, highly respected amongst his peers and who often spoke about his contributions to the Vietnam War.

Miguel also used to show pictures of the men he killed and women he raped, and spent a lot of time with Richard, often smoking marijuana together. Miguel taught Richard how to kill with stealth.

On 4 May 1973, Richard watched Miguel kill his wife with a gun, and he then became estranged from his parents and moved in with his sister Ruth and her family. He began taking LSD, and became interested in Satanism. In 1977, Miguel was released from the Texas State Mental Hospital, as he was found not guilty of the murder of his wife because of insanity. While attending Jefferson High School, Richard worked at a Holiday Inn where he tried to rape a woman in her hotel room, however, he was caught by her husband and nearly beaten to death. He quit school aged 17 and moved to California.

His first victim was a nine years old girl, Mei Leung on 10 April 1984, whom he raped, beat and then hanged from a pipe. Also in 1984, Richard killed 79-year-old Jennie Vincow by stabbing her while she was sleeping, and slashed her throat so deeply that he nearly decapitated her.

In 1985, Richard attacked around 30 people, killing 13 of them and on 24 August 1985, he broke into the house of Bill Carns and Inez Erickson, his fiancé. He tried to kill Bill by shooting him in the head three times with his gun and then said to Inez that he was the serial killer known as ‘Night Stalker’. Richard told her to swear that she loved Satan while he beat her with his fists and tied her arms and legs before dragging her to another room where he raped her. Inez freed herself and ran to the neighbor’s house to call for help; the surgeons were later able to remove two bullets from Bill’s head, so he survived the attack.

Inez described Richard to the police, and he was finally identified as the cops were able to give a face to the killer they before only knew as ‘Night Stalker’. His picture and his story was in every newspaper, but as Richard was unaware of this, he moved normally and was recognized by people in the street in Los Angeles who held him and beat him until the police arrived. He was convicted on 13 counts of murder, 11 sexual assaults, five attempted murders, and 14 burglaries on 20 September 1989. Richard was sentenced to die in a gas chamber, but because of numerous appeals, he got to live until blood cancer killed him on 7 June 2013.

The famous psychiatrist Michael H. Stone stated that Richard was a ‘created’ psychopath instead of having been born as one, and that because he was beaten until he was unconscious many times before he turned six, Richard developed hypersexuality, aggressivity and epilepsy.

Author

Robbie is currently a reporter for TheBiography based in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining TheBiography in December 2020, he was an entertainment reporter in People.

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