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Oct. 24, 1985: Richard Ramirez, known as the Night Stalker, flashes a pentagram drawn on his palm in a Los Angeles courtroom. Ramirez was tried in a string sexual assaults and murders that terrorized the Los Angeles area in 1985. In many cases, he entered homes at night through open windows or doors. Spray-painted pentagrams — a Satanist symbol — were found on the walls of the some of victims’ homes.

Oct. 24, 1985: Richard Ramirez, known as the Night Stalker, flashes a pentagram drawn on his palm in a Los Angeles courtroom. Ramirez was tried in a string sexual assaults and murders that terrorized the Los Angeles area in 1985. In many cases, he entered homes at night through open windows or doors. Spray-painted pentagrams — a Satanist symbol — were found on the walls of the some of victims’ homes.