Doreen Lioy

Doreen Lioy

Doreen Lioy

This is my most popular post. Considering that I wrote it in late 2011, it's not surprising that it's still one of my most popular posts. Social media has taken off in recent years, so people are now looking for content that is not just about immediate gratification. To find out more about this post, please click through to read the comments. I've also compiled a list of other similar posts to give you a sense of the types of content that are working for me.


After 11 years of writing love letters to her prospective husband, Doreen Lioy finally got to marry the man of her dreams. Although Lioy was overjoyed, the news of her wedding shocked the world. After all, the 1996 ceremony took place in San Quentin State Prison — and her new husband was the notorious serial killer Richard Ramirez.

Doreen Lioy remained unconvinced of his guilt. And even though she was not the only woman who sent Ramirez love letters, she was by far the most persistent. Lioy sent him 75 letters in 11 years.

I wanted five or six children. But that dream didn’t come true for me and I’ve just replaced it with a different dream. Which is, being with Richard.” (Source:It's a classic love story: Boy commits heinous crimes, girl sends constant letters to boy in jail, boy and girl get married. At least, that's how it went for Richard Ramirez, dubbed the "Night Stalker," and Doreen Lioy. The pair tied the knot in 1996, while Ramirez was living on death row in California's San Quentin State Prison after being convicted of a shocking string of murders, sexual assaults, robberies, carjackings, and more throughout Los Angeles and San Francisco in 1985.

Ramirez's highly publicized home invasion and murder crime spree terrorized the residents of the Greater Los Angeles area and later the residents of the San Francisco Bay Area from June 1984 until August 1985. However, his first known murder occurred as early as April 1984, but wasn’t connected to Ramirez and known to be his doing until 2009. Ramirez used a wide variety of weapons and different murder methods, including handguns, various types of knives, a machete, a tire iron, and a claw hammer. He was also known to attack by punching, pistol-whipping, and strangling many of his victims, both manually with his hands and in one instance a ligature, stomped to death at least one of his victims, Joyce Nelson, in her sleep, and in one case, even tortured an elderly woman, Mabel Bell, by shocking her with a live electrical cord after severely bludgeoning her with a hammer, injuries which Bell died of in the ICU. Ramirez also enjoyed frequently degrading and humiliating his victims, especially those who survived his attacks or whom he explicitly decided not to kill, by forcing them to profess that they loved Satan, or telling them to “swear on Satan” there was no more valuables left in their homes he had broken into and burglarized. In 1989, Ramirez was convicted of thirteen counts of murder, five attempted murders, eleven sexual assaults, and fourteen burglaries.


It's not every day that a person falls in love with a serial killer, but for Doreen Lioy, that was her reality. Lioy's admiration of Ramirez was puzzling to her family members and the media, but she saw a different side of the "Night Stalker." The former teen magazine editor told CNN in 1997, "He's kind, he's funny, he's charming. I think he's really a great person. He's my best friend; he's my buddy." As far as her opinion on her husband's crimes, Lioy had an unwavering belief in his innocence. "I just believe in him completely," she added. "In my opinion, there was far more evidence to convict O.J. Simpson, and we all know how that turned out." Despite admitting that her marriage to Ramirez was a "lonely lifestyle" due to her inability to start a family with him — since death row inmates aren't allowed conjugal visits — she was content as long as she could do one thing: "[be] with Richard." (Source: www.nickiswift.com)



Related Articles