Night Stalker killer tried to escape prison with pen and key hidden in rectum

Richard Ramirez, the serial killer also known as the Night Stalker, terrorised the Los Angeles area in the 1980s.

Ramirez, who is subject of new Netflix true crime docu-series Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer, would break in and burgle houses before raping and/or killing the victims inside.

Finally, in 1985, the vile killer was finally caught and arrested.

In 1989, after a long trial Ramirez was convicted of 13 murders, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries.

The serial killer spent the rest of his life in San Quentin State Prison – but once he reportedly tried to escape.

On September 21 in 1993, when Ramirez was escorted back to prison after appearing in court, the metal detector was set off around his bum.

An X-ray later revealed he had inserted the key to handcuffs inside his rectum, as well as a ballpoint pen.

There was also a syringe, and a sticker that said: “I Luv chocolate.”

A source told the New York Post that these items were part of a twisted plan to feign illness and be taken to hospital.

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With just two cops keeping an eye on him, he reportedly hoped he could kill the guards and steal their car to escape.

Meanwhile, Ramirez had claimed the items were for “self defence”.

The insider told the publication: "Two cops is a lot better than 200 at the prison. He was then going to use the key to unlock the cuffs and go after the two cops.

“He would have then stolen a car and started to do his thing again."

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According to the source, escaping was always on the serial killer’s mind when he was in prison.

The source added: “Being incarcerated went against everything Ramirez was about. He hated being cooped up in a cell, but he valued his freedom to roam the streets and kill.”

Ramirez died from natural causes in June 2013, while he was on death row.

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