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March 15, 1989 | EDWIN CHEN, Times Staff Writer
When a telephone call came for Steve Bennett on the afternoon of July 4, 1985, his daughter, Whitney, opened her bedroom window to summon her father, who was outside watering the front yard. Then she forgot to lock her window.
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March 10, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of the four wrongful-death lawsuits pending against "Angel of Death" suspect Efren Saldivar and his former employer, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, was dismissed this week, with the attorney for a former patient's family saying he lacked enough evidence to go to trial. Chris Nicoll, the lawyer for the family of Felicia Loayza, said he could refile the case if better evidence came to light. "If you don't have evidence by the time you get to trial, you're dead," he said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1989 | EDWIN CHEN, Times Staff Writer
He arrived in Los Angeles from El Paso, Tex., in the early 1980s and began hanging out at downtown pool halls and the Greyhound Bus Depot, living in seedy hotels. He quickly met up with assorted drug dealers and users, car thieves and fences for stolen property. At one time, he joined another person in committing daytime residential burglaries throughout Los Angeles County, sometimes traveling by bus when a stolen car was not available.
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March 10, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of the four wrongful-death lawsuits pending against "Angel of Death" suspect Efren Saldivar and his former employer, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, was dismissed this week, with the attorney for a former patient's family saying he lacked enough evidence to go to trial. Chris Nicoll, the lawyer for the family of Felicia Loayza, also said he could refile the case if better evidence came to light. "If you don't have evidence by the time you get to trial, you're dead," he said.
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May 3, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
S uperior Court Judge Donald A. McCartin's eighth-floor courtroom in downtown Santa Ana has a peculiar notoriety: Two of the nation's most sensational trials played out there with shocking, oftentimes gruesome, revelations. In 1989, McCartin sentenced Long Beach serial killer Randy Kraft to death for the mutilation murders of 16 young men.
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January 6, 1992 | JESS BRAVIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Throughout six years in jail, a 13-month trial and two years on Death Row, only one motive has officially been attributed to Randy Kraft, convicted of the sex murders of 16 young men and suspected of killing more than 60. Kraft, a close friend told police, had once said he had heard that "the ultimate orgasm is in death."
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February 25, 1989 | JACK JONES and TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writers
A veteran Los Angeles County sheriff's narcotics investigator has been arrested on suspicion of murdering three prostitutes in South-Central Los Angeles, where police have been investigating the deaths of several women who trade sex for drugs, authorities said Friday. Deputy Rickey Ross, 40, who has been with the Sheriff's Department for 18 years, was spotted with a prostitute in an unmarked county car near the Harbor Freeway and Gage Avenue at 1:30 a.m.
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January 10, 2001 | PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Almost three years after respiratory therapist Efren Saldivar told authorities he was an "angel of death" who had killed as many as 50 patients, the former Glendale hospital worker was arrested Tuesday and accused of murdering at least six people under his care. Glendale Police Chief Russell Siverling said that six murder counts will be filed today against Saldivar, 31.
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October 16, 1990 | JOHN NEEDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Randy Steven Kraft, the "score-card killer" who was convicted in Santa Ana last year of murdering 16 men, had someone waiting for him when he reached Death Row at San Quentin State Prison. The acolyte was William Bonin, a fellow serial killer who anticipated Kraft's arrival last fall "like the student awaiting his master," according to one inmate.
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March 3, 1989 | DAVID FREED and STEPHEN BRAUN, Times Staff Writers
A turning point in the life of Deputy Sheriff Rickey Ross came one night about 10 years ago when he crashed his car into a Los Angeles church. That he escaped death in a collision with a house of the Lord was a divine urging, he told friends, a warning that life is to be led on the straight and narrow.
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February 3, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a brief appearance in a downtown courtroom, former respiratory therapist Efren Saldivar pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he killed six elderly patients at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Prosecutors allege that Saldivar, 31, of Tujunga injected the patients with lethal doses of the paralyzing drug Pavulon between December 1996 and August 1997. In 1998, Saldivar told police he had killed as many as 50 patients with paralyzing drugs, but he later recanted his confession.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a brief appearance in a downtown courtroom, former respiratory therapist Efren Saldivar pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he killed six elderly patients at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Prosecutors allege that Saldivar, 31, of Tujunga injected the patients with lethal doses of the paralyzing drug Pavulon between December 1996 and August 1997. In 1998, Saldivar told police he had killed as many as 50 patients with paralyzing drugs, but he later recanted his confession.
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January 27, 2001 | JEAN GUCCIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge on Friday took jurisdiction over all four civil lawsuits against the self-proclaimed "Angel of Death" and his employer, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, by families of Efren Saldivar's alleged victims. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Carl J. West ruled the cases are related and, under court rules, determined that he should preside over all of them, instead of having four different judges handle the four separate cases.
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January 15, 2001 | PAUL LIEBERMAN and RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Michelle Elmore recalls her mother telling her, after she was moved from Glendale Adventist Medical Center, "Oh, they tried to kill me over there." She didn't think much about it, though, because "my mom . . . she's kind of a complainer," Elmore said. She's not questioning her mom any longer.
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January 13, 2001 | PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Respiratory therapist Efren Saldivar said in 1998 that he may have contributed to "anywhere from 100 to 200" deaths at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, according to a transcript of his confession to a polygraph examiner and police investigator.
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January 12, 2001 | JEAN GUCCIONE and CAITLIN LIU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Murder charges filed this week against respiratory therapist Efren Saldivar could pose a potentially serious liability threat to Glendale Adventist Medical Center, but legal experts said the unusual facts of the case could limit the amount that families of the alleged murder victims could recover. Hospital officials declined to comment publicly on their defense in the five lawsuits pending against them.
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November 30, 1989 | MARY LOU FULTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Darwin Hall traveled all the way from Idaho to watch Randy Steven Kraft's face as he was sentenced to die for the savage sex murder of Hall's son and 15 other young men in Orange County. And Hall wasn't about to leave without getting the last word. As the audience struggled to its feet after court was dismissed Wednesday morning, the heavy-set Hall stood up and shouted, "Burn in hell, Kraft! Turn around and look!"
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January 15, 2001 | PAUL LIEBERMAN and RICHARD FAUSSET, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Michelle Elmore recalls her mother telling her, after she was moved from Glendale Adventist Medical Center, "Oh, they tried to kill me over there." She didn't think much about it, though, because "my mom . . . she's kind of a complainer," Elmore said. She's not questioning her mom any longer.
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