Doreen Lioy, Richard Ramirez’s Wife – Bio, Family, Where Is She?

Freelance journalist, Doreen Lioy is a lady whose love for the notorious criminal Richard Ramirez made her spend several years fighting to prove his innocence. Thanks to her expertise in reporting and journalism which came in quite handy, she was able to make a documentary about him titled THS Investigates: Love Behind Bars. 

It is also important to note that prior to the serial killer coming into her life, Doreen was just a regular lady who had a routine job as a Magazine Editor.

Doreen Lioy Bio

Doreen Lioy’s birthplace was in Burbank, California but her precise date of birth is still a mystery. She was just a normal lady until her unusual marital affair with Richard Ramirez also called “Night Stalker”, which brought fame her way. It has however been a herculean task to lay hold on any information on Doreen’s early life and education.

The much we could gather about her career revealed that she was initially a freelance journalist, whose primary job was as a Magazine Editor. Moreso, Doreen is a writer and she had the opportunity to do a TV Documentary that was tagged THS Investigates: Love Behind Bars. It is also worthy to note that amidst many of her write-ups, she is most known for a biography which she titled “Richard Ramirez: The Night Stalker”

Family and Relationship With Richard Ramirez

There is also a dearth of information with regards to her family members aside from the fact that her parents were totally against her marriage to Richard. They even cut-off all ties with Dorren when she went ahead with her plan to marry Richard.

Sources have it that Doreen Lioy first saw Richard on TV during his trial period and went in search for him in fulfillment of her duty as a journalist. Her regular visits to the prison sparked off emotions between the two and this made her fight for his freedom all through their days together. She used all available means as a journalist, including TV shows and interviews to do this. She went as far as threatening to commit suicide if he was executed.

Richard later engaged her in 1988 and after 11 years of a sweet relationship, they went on to tie the knot in 1996 at California’s San Quentin State Prison. This union was against her parents will, but she damned the consequences and went on to become Richard’s wife. However, things turned sour between the couple after strong evidence linking Richard Ramirez to several murders surfaced.

How could Doreen Lioy find love in a killer? This question still remains a mystery to many as the extent of the havoc caused by Richard Ramirez would shock you. However, it is possible that Doreen Lioy did not know that Ramirez was behind such gruesome murders, the first of which was the killing on April 10, 1984, of a 9-year-old girl named Mei Leung. The poor girl was ruthlessly beaten up, raped, stabbed to death, and then hung from a pole. Richard allegedly used different means to carry out his killings and attacks. He allegedly shot some, stabbed others, burglarized some homes, cut off body parts, beat people up, and used several weapons to attack many. It is also known that the only consistent feature in the killings was the fact that they were carried out at night, hence the name Night Stalker.

The news was soon out about the features of the killer and not too long after the description has been given, his fingerprints were found at a crime scene and they revealed his real identity.  His picture was soon displayed on almost every news channel and it didn’t take long before fate caught up with him. A group of people who identified him, beat him up until he was rescued and apprehended by the police. Then came the trials which lasted a very long period concluding with 13 murder crimes, 5 attempted murders, 14 thefts, and 11 sexual assaults. It was amidst his trails that he caught the attention of Doreen Lioy who visited him often and wrote him over 75 letters while he was in prison.

Where Is Doreen Lioy Now?

For most of the time Richard Ramirez was in prison, Doreen Lioy believed in his innocence but it got to a point that it became glaring that Richard was guilty of the crimes. Moreso, the serial killer had no iota of remorse for his deeds, which was what made Doreen to cut-off ties with him. Since then, she has stayed off the limelight. On the other hand, her husband later had Blood cancer which claimed his life at age 53.