A SURVIVOR of the "Night Stalker" serial killer and rapist has recounted the harrowing details of her assault from when she was abducted at just six-years-old.
Richard Ramirez, a serial kidnapper, burglar, rapist, and murderer, who became known as the "Night Stalker", terrorized Los Angeles residents from the spring of 1984 up until his August 31, 1985 arrest.
Netflix’s latest docuseries Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer features interviews with several survivors, including Anastasia Hronas, who was abducted from her bedroom by Ramirez when she was a child.
"I was six and my first memory of that night is the window opening… being woken up and then ushered out the window, and being carried," Hronas says in the first episode of the four-part series.
In the dark of the night, the first-grader was then bundled into a car.
"There was one point when we were driving and he looked at me and said: 'open up the glove compartment', and I did and there was a gun inside," she continued.
"Things started from there. (He made me) look at him and touch him, and things like that."
Ramirez then pulled up at a place with "a chain-like fence" and got out of the vehicle with his victim. Hronas could hear German Shephards barking but said her attention quickly shifted back to her captor when he "made (her) get into a zipped-up duffel bag".
"He told me 'you need to be quiet…you need to get in here…don't mess with me…do what I say'," she said.
Ramirez took the little girl inside a house where she was forced to walk through a room with a couch, where"everything was dark and kind of slimy", according to Hronas.
She recalled empty food packages and "takeout stuff" scattered around the "slimy" home and a Madonna album being played on repeat. The popstar's hit tracks 'Holiday' and 'Like A Virgin' inadvertently became a soundtrack to Hronas' horrific sexual assault.
"I remember saying 'stop, this hurts…don't' or 'why are you doing this?'" Hronas explained.
"I'd say 'can Igo to the bathroom?'. He would stop what he was doing, take me to the sink and sit me on the sink.
"Nothing would happen for a while, then he'd take me back and continue."
Hronas said there was something strange in the way Ramirez would look at her as he carried out the attacks and violated her body.
"It was almost like 'I'm sorry that I'm doing this to you, but I'm not sorry because I'm not going to stop'," she said.
Eventually, Ramirez decided to leave the house with Hronas in tow.
"He put me in the bag again," she said.
"After a while, we stopped on the side of the road and he said, 'there's a gas station over there. I want you to go in there and I want you to tell them to call 911 and have them get your family to come get you'.
"So he let me go."
Night Stalker revisits Ramirez's crimes, which saw him break into the homes of innocent Californians at night and attack men, women, and children alike, sexually assaulting, mutilating, and murdering more than a dozen of them.
He often left pentagrams or other occult symbols on the walls of his crime scenes, where he tortured his victims with knives, hammers, tire irons, thumb cuffs, and pistols, Esquire reports.
Ramirez was eventually caught in 1985, but not before he killed at least 14 people and raped and tortured at least two dozen more, during his nearly year-and-a-half-long crime spree. His victims ranged from age 6 to 82.
He was 24 years old when he committed his first known murder, killing79-year-old Jennie Vincow, who was also sexually assaulted, stabbed, and burgled.
Nine months later, Ramirez attacked Maria Hernandez, who managed to escape his clutches on March 17, 1985.
Callously, he went on to kill her roommate, Dayle Okazaki.
A string of brutal murders and sexual assaults followed.
He often attacked elderly pensioner couples and at one time raped and murdered a nine-year-old girl.
On August 30, 1985, Ramirez took a bus to Tucson, Arizona, to visit his brother, unaware that he had become the lead story in virtually every major newspaper and television news program across California.
He returned to Los Angeles the following morning.
He walked past police officers, who were staking out the bus terminal in hopes of catching the killer should he attempt to flee on an outbound bus, and into to a convenience store in East Los Angeles.
After noticing a group of elderly Mexican women fearfully identifying him as "El Matador" (or "The Killer"), Ramirez saw his face on the front pages on the newspaper rack and fled the store in a panic.
He then ran across the Santa Ana Freeway, and attempted to carjack a woman but was chased away by bystanders, who pursued him.
After hopping over several fences and attempting two more carjackings, he was eventually subdued by a group of residents, one of whom struck him over the head with a metal bar in the pursuit.
The group held Ramirez down and relentlessly beat him until the police arrived and took him into custody.
Ramirez grew up as an epileptic child, before turning to drugs in his later years.
His older cousin Miguel was a heavy influence on his life, having fought in the Vietnam war, where he tortured and mutilated Vietnamese women.
At 13 years old, Ramirez watched his cousin murder his wife.
He turned to Satanism after moving to California in the late 1970s and was arrested several times for drug possession, burglary, and auto theft.
By the time he started committing his own murders, he used a wide variety of weapons, including handguns, knives, a machete, a tire iron, and a hammer.
The judge who upheld Ramirez's nineteen death sentences remarked that his deeds exhibited "cruelty, callousness, and viciousness beyond any human understanding."
Richard Ramirez spent 23 years on Death Row in California's San Quentin Prison until he died from cancer in 2013 at the age of 53.
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