The case of the Night Stalker terrified Southern California—and Orange County—in 1985. The evil deeds of Richard Ramirez have been galvanized in the annals of California crime history.
But there was one attack that Ramirez apparently planned that didn't pan out. It was the attack that never happened, and the boy—now a man—who was a central figure in it told his story to Keith Sharon of the Orange County Register.
James Romero III was 13, and he saw the Night Stalker, saw the car, saw part of the license plate that eventually led to Ramirez.
Romero now lives in San Clemente, and to read his recollection of a chilling night 27 years ago in Mission Viejo, click here. It's a story worth checking out.