The Mind of Madness

“I think most humans have in them the capacity to commit murder.” –Richard Ramirez (The Night Stalker)
Above you will find a quote from Richard Ramirez (The Night Stalker). Each week, we’ll explore a quote from
the serial killer we studied, we’ll summarize their crime, apply theory, and review their punishments. For this
discussion, please answer each of the prompts:
• What does the quote mean to you? Does it give us insight into their mindset?
• Summarize the crimes of this serial killer.
• What was their motivation? Why do you think they did this?
• What was the punishment?
• In at least one sentence, apply one of the following theories to the crime -or- to the punishment: Rational
Choice, Routine Activities, General Deterrence

Sample Solution