Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Daily Creepout: Richard Ramirez’ Thumb Cuffs

In the spring of 1984, serial killer Richard Ramirez broke into the home of senior couple Harold and Jean Wu. Ramirez, nicknamed ‘Night Stalker,’ shot Mr. Wu, 66, in the head and then got to work on Mrs. Wu. He beat her, asking where they kept their money. When the distressed Mrs. Wu didn’t give him the answer he wanted, he bound her hands behind her back with these thumb cuffs and searched her house. After he was done, he took Mrs. Wu into the bedroom and raped her. Both Mrs. Wu, and, unbeknownst to Ramirez, Mr. Wu, were alive when help arrived. Mr. Wu died later that night, but Mrs. Wu was able to provide a description of Ramirez to police.

Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker

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