Ramirez committed his murder spree in 1985, in the midst of the “satanic panics” that swept the country throughout the decade.
He’d creep up in the night, dressed in black, and enter homes surreptitiously. He bludgeoned two elderly sisters and left satanic symbols on the thigh of the one who died in the form of a pentagram. He also drew pentagrams on the walls in lipstick. His terrified victims would be forced to promise Ramirez that they had turned over all of their valuables to him, and he’d make them say, “I swear to Satan.”
When he was arrested, Ramirez reportedly said he was a minion of Satan sent to commit the Dark One’s dirty work. At his trial he shouted, “Hail Satan!” in open court.