The True Crime Museum recently welcomed author Ricki Thomas to tell the story of her correspondence with notorious American serial killer Richard Ramirez.
Ramirez, who was known as The Night Stalker, terrorised Californians between 1984 and ’85 and was convicted of 13 murders and a series of home invasions, mutilations and rapes.
He often left pentagrams and Satanic symbols at the scenes of his crimes.
The Museum held a month long display which featured many of Ricki Thomas’ letters to Ramirez and background on the killer.
Thomas explained that she had contacted the killer at a low point in her life and felt a strong physical attraction to him. She described her first letter to Ramirez as ‘a moment of madness’.
She said: “He was a good looking guy, but I never felt I was one of his groupies.”
As the pair exchanged letters for over nine months, the correspondence became increasingly personal and intimate. “He demanded that I put my perfume onto my letters, he wrote erotic poetry and drew pictures for me, she said.”
Museum Curator Joel Griggs said: “The Night Stalker Murders are a fascinating and complicated case.
“Ricki’s letters give a brand new, personal insight into the mind of both a man and a monster.”
Ramirez’ letters and drawings were on show at the museum, at White Rock, throughout February.
Ricki Thomas has written a number of best-selling books on serial killers which are available on Amazon.
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