The Night Stalker
The question is sometimes asked why the United States has (or at least seems to have) more serial killers than other countries. Several possible answers are provided by this extensive study of the life and crimes of Richard Ramirez, a thoroughly nasty piece of work who terrorized Los Angeles in the mid-1980s. From his possibly mutant genes (he was conceived downwind from Los Alamos), through his delinquent upbringing, childhood exposure to collateral fallout from Vietnam, drug abuse, pop Satanism, and final elevation by a runaway cult of celebrity (testified to by the pathetic Ramirez groupies), one can pick and choose, mix and match. Even his overlong, mismanaged, and grotesquely expensive trial was an event that could only have occurred in America. As of this writing Ramirez still is sitting on death row, where by his own account he enjoys reading books like this.