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June 7, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
“Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez had recently married when now-Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Christopher Goffard ran into him in the visiting area at San Quentin State Prison. Ramirez had already been sentenced to death after being convicted in 1989 of 13 murders, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries. Ramirez, who infamously yelled out “Hail Satan” in court and drew a pentagram - apparently in his own blood - in his jail cell, died Friday of natural causes.
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October 7, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 53-year-old man convicted of killing two Riverside County Sheriff's Department deputies in 1997 has died after possibly committing suicide, corrections authorities said Monday afternoon. Timothy Russell was convicted in the ambush slayings of James Lehmann Jr., 41, an Apple Valley resident, and Michael Haugen 33, who lived in San Jacinto.  The deputies had responded to an early morning domestic-violence call outside a remote desert-area mobile home where Russell lived.  Authorities said Russell was hiding behind scrub brush and opened fire with a World War II-vintage military carbine as the deputies got out of their patrol cars in pre-dawn darkness on Jan. 5. They died at the scene.
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NEWS
March 28, 1986
A convicted murderer should get the death penalty for killing an 81-year-old woman during a 1981 burglary, a judge ruled. San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Don Turner said Stephen Wayne Anderson, 32, should be returned to Death Row at San Quentin State Prison. In refusing to overturn the jury's verdict reached last month, Turner cited the methodical style of the killing. Anderson initially was sentenced to death in 1981.
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June 26, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A man was sentenced to death Wednesday in the 1998 killing of a Long Beach woman who was tortured and sexually assaulted before her body was dumped on an embankment along the San Diego Freeway. Kevin Darnell Pearson, 36, was one of three men who raped, robbed and beat to death 43-year-old Penny Keprta, also known as Penny Sigler, on the night of Dec. 29, 1998. Deputy Dist. Atty. Corene Locke-Noble, who prosecuted all three killers, said Keprta's body was “totally unrecognizable” after the gruesome attack.
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December 27, 1991 | Associated Press
Latino inmates in medium-security housing unit at San Quentin state prison remained under a lock-down Thursday after a fight between rival gangs, officials said. Prison spokesman Vernell Crittedon said about six inmates were injured during a clash Christmas Eve morning. "The reason the assault was initiated was a north-south conflict" between 12 inmates of a Southern California Latino gang and 16 inmates who are members of a Northern California Latino gang, Crittedon said.
OPINION
June 16, 2008
Re "Costs soar for new death row" and "L.A. Unified to cut 507 staff and clerical jobs," June 11 Was it editorial judgment, irony or simply coincidence that your article about the Los Angeles Board of Education eliminating $400 million worth of jobs within L.A. Unified should appear on the front page of the California section along with an article about the $400-million price tag for a new death row facility at San Quentin State Prison? Intent notwithstanding, the juxtaposition made their respective announcements that much more troubling.
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June 9, 2013 | By Joe Eckdahl
Richard Ramirez - the infamous serial killer who died Friday - was named the "Night Stalker" during an editorial "rump session" at the now defunct Los Angeles Herald Examiner. The informal gathering occurred after authorities revealed the string of killings were tied to a single suspect. Many names were bandied about at the meeting - among them "The Walk-in Killer" and "The Screen-Door Intruder," each referencing the ease with which the killer accessed the victims' homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A man was sentenced to death Wednesday in the 1998 killing of a Long Beach woman who was tortured and sexually assaulted before her body was dumped on an embankment along the San Diego Freeway. Kevin Darnell Pearson, 36, was one of three men who raped, robbed and beat to death 43-year-old Penny Keprta, also known as Penny Sigler, on the night of Dec. 29, 1998. Deputy Dist. Atty. Corene Locke-Noble, who prosecuted all three killers, said Keprta's body was “totally unrecognizable” after the gruesome attack.
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September 6, 2009 | Jason Song
A death row inmate convicted of killing a Good Samaritan who tried to stop a 1997 sexual assault in Manhattan Beach died Saturday in prison. David Arisman, 61, died at the California Medical Facility Hospice Unit about 5 a.m. He had been transferred from San Quentin State Prison the day before. Prison officials said they could not disclose the reason for the transfer. Arisman was assaulting a woman April 25, 1997, when two Office Depot deliverymen, including Michael Trinidad, tried to help her. Arisman fatally shot Trinidad and assaulted the other man. Arisman had been arrested in 1990 on charges that included sexual assault.
OPINION
August 7, 2009
Re "State gets two years to cut 43,000 from prisons," Aug. 5 Regarding the front-page photo showing large rows of bunk beds at San Quentin State Prison, this sleeping arrangement is not much different from our barracks when I was in the Army in the 1950s. Although the room shown in the photo appeared much larger than our barracks, the spaces between the bunks was similar. The panel of federal judges declared this to be "cruel and unusual punishment," so 43,000 prisoners must be released.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2013 | By Joe Eckdahl
Richard Ramirez - the infamous serial killer who died Friday - was named the "Night Stalker" during an editorial "rump session" at the now defunct Los Angeles Herald Examiner. The informal gathering occurred after authorities revealed the string of killings were tied to a single suspect. Many names were bandied about at the meeting - among them "The Walk-in Killer" and "The Screen-Door Intruder," each referencing the ease with which the killer accessed the victims' homes.
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June 7, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Hector Becerra and Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
After a jury handed him a death sentence in 1989, the serial killer known as the Night Stalker reacted with a shrug. "Big deal," said Richard Ramirez, a devil-worshiping drifter whose spree of break-in murders terrorized California in mid-1980s. "Death always went with the territory. " The end turned out to be much further away and different than Ramirez likely envisioned that day. After more than two decades on death row, Ramirez died Friday morning of natural causes at Marin General Hospital, state corrections officials said.
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June 7, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
“Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez had recently married when now-Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Christopher Goffard ran into him in the visiting area at San Quentin State Prison. Ramirez had already been sentenced to death after being convicted in 1989 of 13 murders, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries. Ramirez, who infamously yelled out “Hail Satan” in court and drew a pentagram - apparently in his own blood - in his jail cell, died Friday of natural causes.
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November 24, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
A San Quentin inmate on death row for the 1978 murder of three USC film students was found dead in his cell, state prison officials said Wednesday. David Leslie Murtishaw, 54, died Tuesday night of an apparent heart attack in his single-person cell, said officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The former Santa Fe Springs resident was convicted in the fatal shootings of film students James Lee Henderson, Martha Bernice Soto and Ingrid M. Etayo.
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September 6, 2009 | Jason Song
A death row inmate convicted of killing a Good Samaritan who tried to stop a 1997 sexual assault in Manhattan Beach died Saturday in prison. David Arisman, 61, died at the California Medical Facility Hospice Unit about 5 a.m. He had been transferred from San Quentin State Prison the day before. Prison officials said they could not disclose the reason for the transfer. Arisman was assaulting a woman April 25, 1997, when two Office Depot deliverymen, including Michael Trinidad, tried to help her. Arisman fatally shot Trinidad and assaulted the other man. Arisman had been arrested in 1990 on charges that included sexual assault.
OPINION
August 7, 2009
Re "State gets two years to cut 43,000 from prisons," Aug. 5 Regarding the front-page photo showing large rows of bunk beds at San Quentin State Prison, this sleeping arrangement is not much different from our barracks when I was in the Army in the 1950s. Although the room shown in the photo appeared much larger than our barracks, the spaces between the bunks was similar. The panel of federal judges declared this to be "cruel and unusual punishment," so 43,000 prisoners must be released.
OPINION
June 1, 2009
San Francisco was a rough-and-tumble Gold Rush boomtown in 1852, when authorities decided they needed more secure facilities to house troublemakers than the prison ships docked in the bay. So they built a prison at Point San Quentin, an out-of-the way peninsula north of the city.
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