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|“||Swear to Satan you won't scream or I'll kill you.||„|
|~ Ramirez to a Hotel Cortez guest|
|“||You're gonna be famous! You're gonna die by the hand of the Night Stalker!||„|
|~ Ramirez to Brooks|
Richard Ramirez, born Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez and also known by his famous alias as the Night Stalker, is a recurring antagonist in American Horror Story based on the real-life serial killer of the same name.
His ghost appeared as a minor character in American Horror Story: Hotel, being one of guests that attend the Devil's Night in Hotel Cortez.
His younger self later appeared as the secondary antagonist of Season 9, American Horror Story: 1984, though this version is implied to be an alternate version of his Hotel counterpart and has a much more fictionalized story, sharing a different outcome.
He was portrayed by Anthony Ruivivar in Hotel, and his younger self is portrayed by Zach Villa.
In American Horror Story: 1984
Between 1984 to 1989
In American Horror Story: Hotel
- Ramirez is the second serial killer amongst the Devil's Night guest, who returned in a season post-Hotel. This was followed by Zodiac Killer, who was alluded in Cult, even though it was implied that the flashback about Zodiac Killer in Cult was actually facricated, thus explaining its obvious contradictory.
- However, the series finale of 1984, with Ramierez ended trapped in Camp Redwood for eternity instead of dying natural in prison, suggests that Ramirez in 1984 is another version of the serial killer instead of his aforementioned Hotel counterpart, whose characterization is much more faithful towards his real-life counterpart, cementing possiblity that 1984 actually occured in an alternate reality to the first eight seasons.
- In real life, Ramirez once resided at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, an allegedly haunted place that was reportedly the inspiration for Hotel Cortez due to its scarily high rate of deaths and violence.
- In the real life, Ramirez died of complications secondary to B-cell lymphoma at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, California on June 7, 2013. At 53 years old, he had been on death row for more than 23 years. In Hotel, his real-life death is referenced by John Lowe when he first met the ghost of Ramirez during the Devil's Night, not believing that he was the real person.