The ‘Night Stalker’ serial killer was obsessed with the actor who played the mass murderer in the movie ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, the dying con admitted in his final interview.
“That guy on the show Monk, I really liked him in Silence of the Lambs, ” said Richard Ramirez in a phone chat with the New York Post from San Quentin Prison last month, referring to actor Ted Levine.
“That scene where he says, ‘It rubs the lotion on its skin,’ I really like [it],” Ramirez said of Levine, who, as skin-shearing transsexual serial killer Buffalo Bill, ordered a kidnapped young woman to lather up so he could flay her more easily.
Levine, who went on to portray a detective in TV’s Monk, yesterday told The Post, “F–k him. I hope he’s in hell. That’s all I have to say about Richard Ramirez.”
Ramirez – the infamous California killer who murdered at least 13 people in a horrific spree spanning just over a year – was 53 when he died from complications of lymphoma June 7. He had spent his last 24 years behind bars waiting to be executed.
The Post talked to him by phone May 19 and exchanged 17 letters with him over three years.
In the phone chat, the killer whined that it was “just another boring day in the Big House.”
In one 2012 note, he said he passed much of his time watching TV – and revealed a sickening obsession with female athletes.
“I like to watch girls’ beach volleyball and girls’ gymnastics,” he wrote. “I like petite girls, even though I’m 6’1.”
In another note, he added, “WWE wrestling is cool,” but lamented that “the girls used to wear more revealing clothes.”
In the past few years, the killer had lived in virtual solitude on Death Row, seen only by correction officers and other condemned prisoners.
He refused all visits with friends and relatives and rarely communicated with the world.
Not even his wife, whom he married in 1996 in the prison’s visiting area, had shown her face there in years.
When Ramirez died, The Post reported that his complexion had a sickly bright-green pallor, the result of a failing liver.
“He looked like a green highlighter pen,” one source said.
The killer told The Post that in high school, he was scared even to talk to girls.
“I would go to school dances but would only stand around and look at the girls,” Ramirez wrote.
But the seeds of his perverse evil had already been sown.
When he was 12, an older cousin who went on to become a Green Beret reportedly showed him photos of himself raping Vietnamese women, posing with one victim’s head.
Tall and thin with chiseled good looks, Ramirez would embark on his monstrous rampage throughout California between 1984 and 1985. Several of his female victims were Asian.
In some cases, the then-24-year-old raped and sodomised his victims, gouged out their eyeballs and left behind spray-painted pentagrams.
In his notes to The Post, Ramirez begged, “Send soft core picture book of Asian girls in bikini[s] or/and clothing items,” staying within prison guidelines that prohibit frontal nudity.