The Night Stalker’s Bride: Doreen Lioy’s Unlikely Love Story

March 22, 2024
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Who is Doreen Lioy?

American journalist and author Doreen Lioy was born in 1955 in Burbank, California USA, and although her exact date of birth remains undisclosed, Doreen’s zodiac sign’s believed to be Leo. She’s perhaps only known for being a former wife of American serial killer and sex offender Ricardo ‘Richard’ Leyva Munoz Ramirez, also known as the Walk-In Killer, the Valley Intruder and the Night Stalker.

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Education and early life

Doreen was raised in Burbank by her parents about whom she hasn’t spoken in public, but has revealed that they cut ties with her after she married the Night Stalker; it’s believed that her father was a school janitor, and her mother an elementary school teacher. Doreen’s believed to be an only child, as she hasn’t spoken of having siblings.

She had a rather normal childhood, as she attended a local high school in Burbank, from which she matriculated in 1973; Doreen was into several activities during those years, as she was a member of the school’s debating team, and took creative writing classes.

She continued her education at a college, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1977.


Doreen’s career

Doreen was an editor of the magazine “Tiger Beat”, but after falling in love with Richard and marrying him, she either quit the job or was fired.

Following her former husband’s death, she authored the book “Richard Ramirez: The Night Stalker”.

Doreen and Richard’s love story was the inspiration behind the episode “Love Behind Bars” of the documentary series “THS Investigates”, which aired from April 2005.

Love life and marriage

Doreen saw Richard for the first time on TV in 1985, and instantly fell in love with him. She went on to write him more than 70 letters, and visited him in prison nearly every day. He asked her to marry him in 1988, but they only exchanged vows on 3 October 1996, at California San Quentin State Prison.

Doreen and Richard divorced in 2009, after it was confirmed that he had raped and killed Mei Leung, who was nine years old.

Doreen hasn’t spoken of other men whom she’s dated, but it’s known that Richard was engaged to a 23 years old journalist when he died from B-cell lymphoma-caused complications on 7 June 2013.

Doreen seems to be unattached as of March 2023, was once married to Richard Ramirez, and doesn’t have children.


Interesting facts and hobbies

Doreen put her life on hold when she fell in love with Richard, as she began neglecting her family and friends, and spent most of her time either visiting Richard in jail or writing him letters.

A ‘fan’ page of Doreen has been launched on Instagram; it’s today followed by 56 people, but there’s only a single picture uploaded onto it, which features Doreen dressed up as the horror character Beetlejuice.

She’s been staying away from the media’s attention since her divorce from Richard, and some of her fans believe that she’s been able to reconcile with her family, but this hasn’t been confirmed.

Doreen’s a fan of Hollywood movies, and her favorite actress is Julia Roberts, while some of her favorite films include “Stepmom”, “Runaway Bride” and “The Pelican Brief”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Doreen’s age is either 67 or 68. She has blue eyes and brown hair, is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall and weighs around 140lbs (64kgs).

Doreen’s net worth’s been estimated at over $100,000, as of March 2023.

Who was Richard Ramirez?

The late American sex offender and serial killer Ricardo ‘Richard’ Leyva Munoz Ramirez was born in El Paso, Texas USA, on 28 February 1960, meaning that Pisces was his zodiac sign. He was convicted of 14 counts of burglary, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 13 murders in 1989, and never expressed any regret for what he had done.


Richard was raised in El Paso alongside his four older siblings, by their father Julian Ramirez and Mercedes; Julian was an alcoholic, and was physically abusive towards his wife and children. Richard was 10 when he began drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana, and was 12 when his brother Miguel ‘Mike’ Ramirez began telling him about his actions as a Green Beret, showing him pictures of Vietnamese women whom he had raped, killed and dismembered; Richard later revealed that he was fascinated by these pictures, which made him look up to his brother. He was there when Mike murdered his wife with a handgun, and was sentenced to spend several years in the Texas State Mental Hospital; Richard revealed that he was fascinated by this event.

He was 14 when he began using LSD and joined a Satanic cult, and was 18 when he worked at a local Holiday Inn, and attempted to rape a woman in her hotel room; he was caught by her husband who beat him, but the charges against Richard were dropped because the couple didn’t want to fly states to testify against him. Richard studied at Jefferson High School but dropped out a year before he was to matriculate.

He was 22 when he started using cocaine, while he then became a burglar and thief, splitting his time between Los Angeles and San Francisco, California. Richard was 24 when he killed nine year-old American-Chinese girl Mei Leung on 10 April 1984; he lured her into the basement of his building, and then beat, strangled and raped her before killing her with a switchblade. He was charged with her murder 25 years later in 2009, when his DNA matched the DNA found at the crime scene.

This was the beginning of Richard’s killing spree, as he killed Jennie Vincow on 28 June 1984, Dayle Yoshie Okazaki and Tsai-Lian ‘Veronica’ Yu on 17 March 1985, and Maxine and Vincent Zazzara on 27 March 1985. He killed seven other people in 1985, while 16 that he also attacked managed to survive.

One of his victims who survived, Inez Erickson gave the police a detailed description of his appearance, and they were able to make a mug shot of him after a DNA match. He was caught by a group of more than 10 citizens on 31 August 1985, who beat him relentlessly until the police officers arrived.


He was found guilty of all 43 charges on 20 September 1989, and was sentenced to death in a gas chamber on 7 November 1989, however, because of many appeals, Richard wasn’t executed, but evemtually died from B-cell lymphoma-caused complications on 7 June 2013.

American psychiatrist Michael H. Stone later described Richard as a ‘made psychopath’, believing that it was his childhood which led him to develop the schizoid personality disorder.

Olivia Wilson

As the Freelance Writer at Net Worth Post, I steer producing riveting stories about the lives and triumphs of influencers. With an unwavering commitment to precision and a flair for weaving compelling tales, I guide our content creation, from the depths of research to the pinnacle of narrative excellence. My responsibilities encompass the full spectrum of editorial management, including the meticulous investigation, narrative development, and upholding the integrity and high standard of our output.

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