‘Night Stalker’ serial killer Richard Ramirez now linked to slaying of SF girl
October 23, 2009
(ChattahBox) — In a dramatic development that sounds like and episode of TV’s Criminal Minds, the San Francisco Police Department is reopening a 25-year-old homicide that may be linked to convicted killer Richard Ramirez, known during his 1984-85 spree as the Night Stalker. Devil-worshiping Richard Ramirez who is now on death row at San Quentin State Prison after being convicted of 13 murders, has been identified based on new leads and DNA evidence as a suspect with possibly a second, unknown attacker to the April 10, 1984, killing of a nine-year-old girl Mei “Linda” Leung.
The child was killed in the basement of a residential hotel in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood where she lived with her family, two months before Ramirez’s first known murder. Police said she had been beaten, raped and stabbed. Ramirez was staying at two different hotels in the same neighborhood at the time according to authorities now investigating the cold case. CODIS — the Combined DNA Index System, returned a “cold-hit,” which means the sample collected from the Leung crime scene matched Ramirez’ DNA profile in the database. On Wednesday, officials traveled to San Quentin and served Ramirez with a warrant to get a confirmation DNA sample. Ramirez was arrested in August 1985 in Los Angeles after he tried to steal a car and was chased down and pummeled by residents.