Mother: Elba Maria Sánchez
Marriages: Isabelle Coutant-Peyre (2001-present); Lana Jarrar; Magdalena Kopp (divorced)
Children: with Magdalena Kopp: Elba Rosa, 1986; with mother unnamed: one son; with two unnamed mothers: two daughters
Education: Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow 1968-1970, expelled
His father named him after Vladmir IIyich Lenin.
Has taken credit for more than 80 murders.
His nickname, given to him by the media, came from a fictional terrorist in the 1971 Frederick Forsyth novel, “The Day of the Jackal.”
Early 1970s – Joins the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
December 1973 – Shoots and wounds Joseph Edward Sieff, the president of the Marks and Spencer retail chain, in Sieff’s London home.
January 1975 – Twice attempts to launch rocket-propelled grenades at Israeli airliners at Orly Airport in France, but is unsuccessful.
June 27, 1975 – Kills two French secret agents and a fellow revolutionary.
April 22, 1982 – Masterminds a Paris car bombing that kills one and injures 63.
December 23, 1997 – Is convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 1975 killing of two French secret agents and a Lebanese revolutionary.
March 2007 – Wins an appeal of a 5,000 Euro fine levied against him for comments made in a 2004 documentary. He was originally found guilty of defending terrorism for saying, “In a legal war, we are authorized to take life if necessary.” The Appeals Court rules that his comments were taken out of context.
May 2007 – French anti-terrorism Judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere orders Ramirez to stand trial for bombings that occurred in France in 1982 and 1983. Eleven people were killed and more than 100 injured in the attacks.
June 26, 2013 – A French appeals court upholds his second life sentence.
October 7, 2014 – It is announced Ramirez will stand trial for a 1974 grenade attack in Paris which killed two and injured 34.
March 28, 2017 – Receives third life sentence for the 1974 attack in Paris.
March 15, 2018 – A French appeals court upholds his third life sentence.