Night Stalker Richard Ramirez, who terrorized Southern California in the mid-1980s, also had Hepatitis C and symptoms of chronic drug use when he died of cancer, coroner’s officials said Monday.
Richard Ramirez died June 7 at age 53 at a hospital where he had been taken for treatment of liver failure.
Prison guards have told how the notorious murderer turned bright green from liver failure in the hours before he died.
Richard Ramirez died of complications from B-cell lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, according to the Marin County coroner’s office. It listed other “significant conditions” including chronic substance abuse and hepatitis C, which is often spread by the use of intravenous drugs.
The drug abuse predated Richard Ramirez’s time in prison, said Lieutenant Keith Boyd, assistant chief deputy coroner.
“That’s chronic drug use prior to incarceration,” he said.
Night Stalker Richard Ramirez also had Hepatitis C and symptoms of chronic drug use when he died of cancer
“There’s nothing to support any kind of drug use while incarcerated.”
The drug use was the likely cause of the hepatitis C infection that probably lingered in Richard Ramirez’s system for a quarter-century before eventually destroying his liver, Keith Boyd said.
Richard Ramirez’s medical records remain confidential even after his death, said Joyce Hayhoe, a spokeswoman for the federal official who controls medical care in California prisons.
Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, could not immediately say if Richard Ramirez had any disciplinary history of using drugs or obtaining contraband in prison. His voluminous file is kept only in hard-copy and would have to be reviewed by hand, she said.
Lieutenant Sam Robinson, a prison spokesman, said he could not immediately comment.
Richard Ramirez had been on death row at San Quentin State Prison since he was convicted in 1989 of 13 murders in 1984 and 1985. Executions have been on hold for years, however, because of ongoing legal challenges.
He was nicknamed the Night Stalker by the media because residents were warned to lock their doors and windows as the killings peaked during the hot summer of 1985. The killer had been entering homes through unlocked windows and doors. He then killed his victims with a gun or knife, burglarized the homes and assaulted his female victims.
Richard Ramirez reportedly turned “a shocking shade of green” before his death from liver failure on Friday June 7.
Richard Ramirez’s skin color turned “a shocking shade of green” before his death from liver failure on Friday.
Night Stalker Richard Ramirez, 53, spent 24 years on death row after a spree of demonic murders in California.
The serial killer died reportedly after “sitting up in his bed doing stretches” just the day before at Marin County Hospital.
Richard Ramirez had been taken from San Quentin’s death row to a hospital before his death.
A source told the New York Post that Richard Ramirez’s skin turned to the ghastly hue on Thursday and was up and moving around his hospital bed.
Richard Ramirez’s skin color turned “a shocking shade of green” before his death from liver failure
“He was the color green,” said the Post‘s source.
“He looked like a green highlighter pen.”
It appears the killer was showing signs of severe jaundice in the final throes of his illness.
The skin and eye whites of a sufferer can change color when bilirubin – a yellow substance – builds up in the body.
Bilirubin is formed when haemoglobin, the part of red blood cells that carries oxygen round the body, breaks down. It is usually flushed out of the body in urine or faeces, but a build-up of the waste product in the bloodsteam can lead to the change in skin color.
Richard Ramirez had been housed on death row for decades and was awaiting execution, even though it has been years since anyone has been put to death in California.
He was convicted in 1989 of 13 murders, five attempted murders, 11 s**ual assaults and 14 burglaries, which terrorized Southern California in 1984 and 1985.
Though Richard Ramirez died of liver failure, the exact cause of the ailment has not been released due to federal patient privacy laws.
Regularly eating fast food can damage your liver in ways that are surprisingly similar to hepatitis, a new study shows.
The results were revealed on the television program, The Doctors, where it was found that even just a month of eating fast food can cause significant changes to your liver.
French fries in particular were dangerous because of the extra ingredients added.
“We know that they are adding salt, and cooking it in fat, but they’re also putting sugar on them too. Why sugar? Because it helps get them golden crispy,” said Dr. Drew Ordon, who appears on the show and is the author of the book Better in 7.
Foods like fried chicken and onion rings were especially bad for the liver.
“The amount of fat and saturated fats creates a condition called fatty liver,” Dr. Drew Ordon said.
He said the changes in liver enzymes are in line with the effects of hepatitis. That disease can ultimately cause liver failure.
The U.S. has 160,000 fast food restaurants serving an estimated 50 million customers every day.
Regularly eating fast food can damage your liver in ways that are surprisingly similar to hepatitis
“We’re all guilty, and every now and then you have to splurge, but the problem is that so many people are getting into eating fast food, especially kids, as their staple, and I think that’s the point,” Drew Ordon said.
Just ordering a salad won’t help as Drew Ordon warned that any item marked healthy or fresh at a fast food restaurant likely has added chemicals, as there aren’t clear regulations for those foods.
“Some places actually put propylene glycol on the salads, which is anti-freeze, the reason behind that is that it prevents wilting,” said Dr. Ordon.
“And although they say a little anti-freeze isn’t going to hurt you, obviously given a choice you don’t want to be eating anti-freeze.”