The 5 Unknown Facts about Doreen Lioy and Her Killer Husband Richard Ramirez!

  • AUTHOR: midhat
  • POSTED ON: January 15, 2021

A boy commits gruesome crimes; a lovesick girl follows him on TV; they exchange letters and here begins an epic love story!

No, this is not a plot of any Hollywood movie, it actually happened in reality- the guy is America’s most notorious serial killer and the girl was an editor of a teen magazine who fell for him.

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If you have watched the latest docu-series Night Stalker: The Hunt of a Serial Killer on Netflix, you already know about Richard Ramirez’s inhuman crimes, his satanic beliefs, and the women who used to write him letters and visited him in prison during his tumultuous murder trials. 

While there’s only a brief mention about Doreen Lioy in the Netflix docu-series, she played a significant part in the serial killer’s life. The couple tied the knot in 1996, when Ramirez was on death row in San Quentin State Prison in California after being convicted of a series of murders, sexual assaults, burglaries, and more across Los Angeles and San Francisco in 1985.

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Here are five unknown facts about Doreen Lioy and her serial killer husband, Ricardo Leyva Munoz Ramirez:

Doreen Lioy was attracted to Ramirez’s “vulnerability.”

Doreen Lioy was a freelance editor of a teen magazine from Burbank California when she started dating Ramirez. She used to send her several love letters shortly after he was apprehended and sent to prison where he awaits for the trials in 1986.

Lioy was thoroughly following Ramirez’s crimes on TV and developed a sense of empathy towards the serial killer. According to a statement of a reporter covering Ramirez’s story, Lioy was initially got attracted to the “vulnerability” she observed in Ramirez in media reports of his crimes. 

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Lioy reportedly visited his lover in prison at least four times a week

People can find love in unexpected places and at unexpected times! But nobody would have thought to fall in love with a convicted serial killer who was serving a death row in prison. Call it love or an attention-seeking stunt, Doreen Lioy used to visit her lover at San Quentin four times a week.

Doreen Lioy went against her family to marry Ramirez

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Obviously, getting a family’s approval for marrying a former criminal is difficult, let alone if he’s a serial killer! Doreen Lioy was madly in love with the convicted killer and rapist and of course, her family wouldn’t approve her relationship.

While talking to a media organization, Lioy’s twin sister disowned her and said, “Its unfortunate for me that I have been linked with all of this. I was taken aback by the news. To be related by birth is fine…. I don’t want to be part of this. It has been a painful event for the family.”

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Ramirez proposed Lioy in 1988

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It was the serial killer himself who decided to take this relationship a step further. In 1988, he proposed to Lioy but the couple didn’t get married until 1996. Their 15-minute wedding was attended by Ramirez’s brother, sister, niece, lawyers and the writer who wants to write a book proving that Ramirez was innocent.

The bride, Lioy wore a short white dress and he gave Ramirez a platinum band because a self-proclaimed Satanist doesn’t like to wear gold.

Doreen Lioy separated after 13 years of marriage

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Despite her apparent true love for Ramirez, Lioy’s affection for his self-proclaimed Satanist and convicted serial killer husband started fading, as she decided to part her ways after about 13 years of marriage.

Lioy has broken his ties with Ramirez after learning about a crime he committed in 1984, where he raped and murdered a 9-year-old girl in San Francisco. 

She never talked about his relationship in public after Ramirez proved guilty of that crime in 2009. It was until 2013 when the news of their separation started making rounds in the media when nobody showed up to claim the dead body of Ramirez after he died alone in prison.

During his final years in prison, Ramirez refused to take any personal visitors in 2010, hinting that the couple had already been separated by that time.

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Updated January 15, 2021
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