Bamberg, Germany: In a single move, a 19-year-old woman identified only as Sarah M. due to German privacy laws, made her fascination with Richard "Nightstalker" Ramirez clear.
Sarah M. has now been sentenced to 12 years in a socio-therapeutic facility for the murder of a man identified only as 39-year-old Zayed E. While her sentence was read, she raised her left hand in court to show the pentagram she had drawn on her palm.
According to Bild, a total of 241 men responded to three profiles Sarah set up on April 28, 2021 across three different dating platforms.
One of those messages allegedly asked her, "Are you the devil's bride?" to which she responded, "Personally."
On May 1, 2021, Zayed picked Sarah up from her apartment in Bavaria. Moments later, she attacked him with a camping knife she had purchased five days before, stabbing him in the neck.
Zayed managed to get the knife away from Sarah and stop the vehicle.
Sarah fled the scene but was arrested 37 minutes later in Ebermannstandt. Zayed fell into a coma and died in the University Hospital Erlangen three weeks later.
During the trial public prosecutor Michael Hoffmann indicated that had she not be arrested so quickly, "she could easily have gone undetected for days to carry out her grisly plan."
The Judge Manfred Schmidt noted that during the trial, Sarah had a "complete lack of empathy." The only sign she gave of anything close to remorse was in answering a psychological questionnaire which asked, "What annoys me?" Her response was, "That I'm missing the best time of my life because of a stupid mistake."
"It's extremely rare for a perpetrator to kill a person out of lust for murder," he said.
That lust though, manifested itself in posters of Ted Bundy and Richard Ramirez that Sara hung on the walls of her room, and through a voice mail she left for a friend before she murdered Zayed.
"I'm going out now, I want to kill my first one. I'm excited. Wish me luck that it works."
Sarah was not unknown to law enforcement. Dating back to 2017, she had charges which resulted in community service. Since then, she had issues with drugs and had been known to draw swastikas- illegal in Germany- on her hands.
Just two months before the murder, Sarah had been diagnosed at the Bamberg mental hospital as having borderline syndrome and strong suicidal thoughts.
Because Sarah was 18 at the time of the murder her defense lawyer, Thomas Drehsen, requested a juvenile sentence of just eight years. As a part of his justification for the request, he said, "The act and execution were clumsy, compared to Ted Bundy and Richard Ramirez. Neither were arrested promptly, neither had previously announced their actions in the media."
Before the murder, Sarah had searched online to determine where to effectively stab someone in the neck and how long it would take for them to die. This, coupled with her lack of remorse was enough to qualify as "special gravity" for Judge Schmidt.