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A woman who claims Night Stalker suspect Richard Ramirez...

By TED APPEL

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A woman who claims Night Stalker suspect Richard Ramirez raped her and shot her fiance in their home testified Thursday that the admitted devil worshiper hogtied her and forced her to say, 'I love Satan.'

Inez Erickson, 29, said she was awakened by gunfire early in the morning of Aug. 25, 1985, as she slept with her fiance, William Carns, in their Mission Viejo home. Carns was shot three times in the head during the attack.

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'I heard three gunshots. Bill and I were sleeping together and Bill flew over and landed on my arm and then this man grabbed me by the hair and pulled me out of bed,' she said, testifying for the prosecution at Ramirez's preliminary hearing in Orange County Municipal Court. The hearing will determine if there is enough evidence to bound Ramirez over for trial.

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The attacker, who Erickson identified as Ramirez in a police lineup in 1985, then tied her up with Carns's neckties, saying, 'You know who I am, don't you? I'm the Night Stalker.'

'You've read about me in the newspapers and heard about me on TV. I'm the Night Stalker. So you know if I kill one I might let the other one live,' Erickson said, quoting her attacker.

Ramirez, 27, dressed in a gray suit and red tie, looked on impassively.

Erickson, who was calm throughout her testimony, said Ramirez searched the home for jewelry and money and then untied her feet and raped her several times in the bedroom where Carns was shot. Ramirez, Erickson said, then retied her and resumed his search for valuables.

When he could not find any jewelry or money, Ramirez returned to the bedroom and dragged her to a second bedroom where she kept money in a dresser, Erickson said.

Ramirez, she said, then accused her of lying when he couldn't find the money. 'I swear to God it's here,' Erickson said. 'He said 'swear to Satan' and he made me swear to Satan.'

When Erickson pointed out where the money was kept, Ramirez grabbed a handful, waved it in the air and said: 'This is all that saved you. This is all you're worth,' Erickson testified.

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Before leaving the couple's home, Erickson testified, the admitted devil worshiper made her say, 'I love Satan.'

'He said, 'Say I love Satan,' and then he laughed,' Erickson said.

Erickson, who identified Ramirez 11 days later in the police lineup, managed to free herself after the assailant left and called authorities. Ramirez was arrested six days later in East Los Angeles.

Under cross-examination by defense attorney Daniel Hernandez, Erickson admitted she had seen photographs of Ramirez before she identified him in the police lineup.

Erickson, who said she never saw her attacker's face, identified Ramirez by his walk, posture and voice. In court Thursday, she viewed a videotape of the lineup and affirmed her earlier identification.

Ramirez is charged with attempted murder, rape, forced oral copulation, robbery and burglary in the attack.

Carns survived the shooting, but suffered brain damage and is still undergoing rehabilitation.

The Texas drifter is scheduled to stand trial Sept. 30 in Los Angeles for 14 murders and 31 other felonies linked to the Night Stalker, a serial killer that slipped into homes through unlocked doors and windows, attacking his victims as they slept. The Night Stalker attacks, which occurred in late 1984 and in 1985, terrorized Southern California.

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