Who is Doreen Lioy?
Doreen Lioy was born in Burbank, California, USA, and is a magazine editor, but best known for being the ex-wife of serial killer Richard Ramirez. Her former husband was known for a home invasion crime spree during 1984 to 1985, and was dubbed the “Night Stalker”. Their unusual relationship led to a lot of media attention over the years.
The Wealth of Doreen Lioy
How rich is Doreen Lioy? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is almost $300,000, earned through success in her numerous endeavors. She apparently earned a good salary as a magazine editor, though details of her work were never released to the public. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Ex-Husband Serial Killer
Richard’s began his murder spree in 1984, killing a nine year old girl in a basement where he was living, located in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. According to reports, he raped and beat the girl before stabbing her to death, and then hung her from a pipe. This was his first known killing but it was not initially connected to ta crime spree. The known killing spree began in 1984, when the first victim was found stabbed repeatedly while asleep in her bed. Things stayed quiet for a year until killings began once more, with two victims found shot inside their home. Just an hour after the shooting, another victim was found shot twice, and pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. Reports started spreading of a curly haired attacker, with wide spaced rotting teeth. After a few weeks, he burglarized another home and found more victims, shooting an older man while killing his wife before mutilating the corpse, then bringing her eyes with him inside a jewelry box. The killings continued, with victims shot, raped, beaten, and with numerous weapons. The victims and crime scenes also started to carry signs of pentagrams. The police found it difficult to track him, as his victims were chosen randomly. He was soon dubbed as the “Night Stalker”, due to the consistent night crimes and home invasions. Eventually, he was identified through a fingerprint left in one of the cars he had stolen.
Capture, Conviction, and Imprisonment
In 1985, Ramirez took a bus to visit his brother, unaware that his face was already spreading in every major news program across America. He walked past officers, and realizing that he was being identified, attempted to steal a car but was chased away by bystanders. He was then subdued by a group of residents who beat him until the police took him into custody. During his first court appearance, he started vocalizing his worship of Satan, and flashed pentagram signals in the courtroom. He was later convicted of all charges, including 13 counts of murder, five attempted murders, 14 burglaries, and 11 sexual assaults. The trial cost $1.8 million, making it the most expensive in the history of the California at the time. He was sentenced to die in California’s gas chamber, but he expressed through the media that he didn’t care much for his death.
During his widely covered trial, Richard gained a lot of sympathizers and fans, who started writing him letters, and he was also visited in prison by numerous followers. His biggest fan would be Doreen, who in 1985 started writing him letters during his incarceration. According to reports, she wrote him nearly 75 letters while he was imprisoned, and the two started seeing each other regularly – sources state that she visited him in prison around four times a week. In 1988 he proposed to her, and the two were eventually married in 1996 at California’s San Quentin State Prison. During their relationship, she became a staunch defender against his execution.
She kept mentioning publicly that she would commit suicide if he was ever executed. Ramirez’ supporters also started appealing to reduce his convictions and remove the death sentence. This caused a long delay in his execution, due to the long process of appeals in the California Supreme Court. She also began appearing in television interviews and shows, including the show “Biography”, which covered the story of the Night Stalker. She also participated in a documentary entitled “THS Investigates: Love Behind Bars”, and used her position as an editor to start writing about her husband, even writing a biography entitled “Richard Ramirez: The Night Stalker”.
Separation and Ramirez’ Death
Despite being a strong advocate for Richard and her constant opposition to his execution publicly, things eventually became silent. According to reports, the two separated, although the cause of the separation was unknown. Some sources state that the separation came after Richard’s first victim, the nine year old girl, was specifically connected to him, plus his lack of remorse for any of his actions, possibly became the cause of the end of their relationship.
Other reports stated that it was because Richard contracted a disease that would kill him, and that the two decided to separate to spare her from what was to come. While the true reason was never released, he died from complications of B-cell lymphoma, a form of blood cancer affecting the lymph nodes, and passed away in 2013 at the Marin General Hospital. He was also affected by substance abuse and a chronic hepatitis C viral infection. He was 53 years old at the time of his death, having been on death row for more than 23 years with some stating that he would have reached his early 70s before his execution could be carried out, due to the lengthy California appeals process.