Trigger Warning: Rape/sexual assault
There is an odd sense of satisfaction (addiction for some)
to watch movies/series about serial killers, knowing about their strange psyche
and seeing them getting caught. But no one would have ever wished to encounter
them in real life – nor their wildest dreams! Even if we did, it must be a
terrifying and horrific experience – something that you won’t even wish for
your fierce enemies.
Now imagine what would be a condition of a person who encountered
one of America’s most notorious serial killers when she was just six years old.
Anastasia Hronas, a six-year-old toddler, was peacefully
sleeping in bed when Richard Ramirez climbed her window in the middle of the
night in 1985.
Anastasia Hronas was one of the survivors of America’s most
notorious serial killer Richard Ramirez, who came to be known as “Night
Stalker.” He terrorized Los Angeles and some part of California in the 1980s.
Unlike any serial killer, Ramirez picked his victims at
random and targeted men, women, and children aged 6 to 83. Serial killers
usually have a specific type when it comes to picking their victim; their
victims may be similar in age, gender, belong to the same profession or have any
other similar trait. On the other hand, Ramirez randomly picked his victims,
regardless of their gender and age!
Netflix’s four-part docu-series “The Night Stalker: A hunt
of a Serial Killer” pays respect to all those people who fought this monster
and brought him to justice. And Anastasia Hronas is one of those brave
Watch the trailer here:
Here are five facts about Anastasia Hronas and her encounter
with the infamous killer:
Hronas was abducted from her home while she was sleeping
One ill-fated night, six-year-old Anastasia Hronas was
sleeping peacefully in bed when Richard Ramirez entered her room and carried
her out of the window to his car.
She woke up the moment he carried her in his arms, but she
didn’t make any noise. She felt a sense of comfortableness in the arms of a
person who was carrying her, so she thought that there was nothing to worry
about. But by the time she realized she was wrong, it was too late!
Hronas was taken to an abandoned home where she was raped repeatedly
Richard Ramirez kidnapped her and drove her across Los
Angeles to his home. “I don’t know how long I was in the car. He wanted me to
look at him and touch him and things like that,” Hronas recalling her
experience in Netflix’s docu-series.
He zipped her into a duffle bag and carried her inside the
home. He only let her out of the bag to repeatedly sexually assault her. She
screamed, cried and begged him to stop but he continued what he had decided to
do. “I remember saying: ‘Stop, this hurts.’ Something in the way that he would
look at me, it was almost like:
‘I’m sorry that I’m doing this to you. But I’m
not sorry,’ cause I’m not gonna stop,” Anastasia recalls.
Ramirez kept his gun nearby all along, as he was afraid that
something might go wrong. “He didn’t want to take any chances,” said Anastasia.
Ramirez dropped Anastasia off a nearby station
After brutally assaulting and raping her, he carried her
back into the car, drove to a nearby gas station and dropped her off there.
Ramirez instructed her to ask someone for help and to have someone call 911. He
made sure that the six-year-old went back to her home safely. Now, adult
41-years-old Anastasia Hronas, still wondered why he spared her life when he
could have just killed her.
Hronas helped identified Richard Ramirez
Richard Ramirez was apprehended in August in 1985. And guess
who brought this monster down? A six-year-old Anastasia Hronas herself! She was
vital in sending this beast behind bars for good!
She identified him from a lineup of other captured
individuals, and also cooperated with the police throughout the process. Despite
knowing that she would have to face her rapist in the court, she decided to
testify against him anyway, so that no other women would get through this
experience as what she did.
detectives also praised her bravery in the series
Anastasia Hronas is a person who demonstrated great courage
and bravery when she encountered a ruthless serial killer at the age of just
six. She not only helped police to identify him but also decided to testify in
court against him. Detective Frank Salerno commended her bravery; he said,
“They brought a six-year-old surviving victim. For six years old, she was just
unbelievable. She sat in the audience of potential witnesses.”
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