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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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August 11, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eleven years after an Orange County jury convicted Randy Kraft of murdering 16 people, the California Supreme Court on Thursday upheld his death sentence in what officials described as an important advance in the effort to execute the notorious serial killer. The justices unanimously rejected Kraft's claims that he received an unfair trial, saying he should die for the decadelong murder spree.
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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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January 22, 1999 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Serial killer Gerald Parker, dubbed the "Bedroom Basher" for a spree of sex slayings that terrorized Orange County in the 1970s, was sentenced to death Thursday after an emotional hearing in which victims' families spoke of their years of anguish and loss. Using new DNA technology and a computer database, prosecutors developed the case against Parker 17 years after he raped and murdered five Orange County women and killed the unborn child of a sixth woman.
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January 22, 1999 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Serial killer Gerald Parker, dubbed the "bedroom basher" for a rampage of sex slayings that terrorized Orange County in the 1970s, was sentenced to death Thursday after an emotional hearing in which victims' families spoke of their years of anguish and loss. Using new DNA technology and a computer database, prosecutors developed the case against Parker 17 years after he raped and murdered five Orange County women and killed the unborn child of a sixth woman.
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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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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 22, 1999 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Serial killer Gerald Parker, dubbed the "Bedroom Basher" for a spree of sex slayings that terrorized Orange County in the 1970s, was sentenced to death Thursday after an emotional hearing in which victims' families spoke of their years of anguish and loss. Using new DNA technology and a computer database, prosecutors developed the case against Parker 17 years after he raped and murdered five Orange County women and killed the unborn child of a sixth woman.
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November 30, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Convicted serial killer Randy Steven Kraft was sentenced to death Wednesday by a judge who said the mutilations carried out by the 44-year-old computer consultant were "hard for me to comprehend." "I can't imagine doing these things in scientific experiments on a dead person, much less (to) someone alive," Superior Court Judge Donald A. McCartin said. The judge's decision to uphold the jury's Aug.
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February 16, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
The judge in the Randy Steven Kraft trial refused to permit the jury to hear testimony Wednesday by a psychic who defense attorneys contended would point to a different suspect in one of the 16 murders of which Kraft is accused. Kraft attorney C. Thomas McDonald wanted to use the psychic, whose full legal name is Joan, to show a connection between the 1979 death of Donnie Crisel, a 20-year-old Marine, and convicted sex molester John McMillan, who committed suicide a week after Kraft's arrest.
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January 22, 1999 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Serial killer Gerald Parker, dubbed the "bedroom basher" for a rampage of sex slayings that terrorized Orange County in the 1970s, was sentenced to death Thursday after an emotional hearing in which victims' families spoke of their years of anguish and loss. Using new DNA technology and a computer database, prosecutors developed the case against Parker 17 years after he raped and murdered five Orange County women and killed the unborn child of a sixth woman.
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September 28, 1996 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The long-delayed serial-murder case of Charles Ng hit new delays Friday when a Superior Court judge halted proceedings while an appellate court decides who will represent Ng. Ng's current lawyer said it could take five to seven months to decide whether Ng will be represented at trial by the county public defender's office or by private attorneys assigned by Judge Robert R. Fitzgerald.
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September 6, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA
Prosecutors said Thursday that they will seek the death penalty for a former Marine accused of six murders stemming from a series of Orange County rape and bludgeon attacks nearly 20 years ago. "I think the reasons are self-evident, but I really can't comment on it," Deputy Dist. Atty. Mike Jacobs said. Gerald Parker, 41, appeared briefly in Orange County Superior Court for an arraignment hearing. He returns to court Sept.
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August 20, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA and H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The confessed serial killer remembered that one victim was wearing jeans and a brown sweater, her stereo playing, when he crept up from behind and clubbed her head with a piece of lumber. Another victim, he recalled, lived near a Tastee Freez. One had a brown purse on her kitchen table. One had just mixed herself a drink before he attacked her. Another victim had dozed off in front on her television when he hit her with a mallet.
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August 3, 1996 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that could further delay the trial of accused serial killer Charles Ng, a Superior Court judge Friday granted Ng's motion to remove the public defender from the case. Judge Robert R. Fitzgerald, in a confidential hearing, named two private attorneys to assume Ng's defense, five years after the defendant was brought to California and a dozen years after the first of his alleged crimes. Orange County Public Defender Ronald Y.
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July 31, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Marine suspected of being the county's feared "Bludgeon Killer" nearly 20 years ago was indicted Tuesday on six counts of murder that carry a possible death sentence. The Orange County Grand Jury returned the indictment against Gerald Parker, 41, after hearing several days of testimony in the last week. Parker, who investigators say confessed, has pleaded not guilty to the murders, including one case in which another man was wrongfully imprisoned for 17 years. Deputy Dist. Atty.
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March 6, 1989 | Compiled by Times staff writer Jerry Hicks
Randy Steven Kraft, charged with murdering 16 men, is on trial in Orange County Superior Court in what some legal experts say will be the biggest and costliest case in California history. LAST WEEK Kraft family members testified that he was at a party until after midnight on New Year's Eve, 1975, the night Mark Howard Hall disappeared in San Juan Capistrano and was later found dead in a remote mountain area of South Orange County.
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March 14, 1989 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
On a day when defense attorneys for mass murder defendant Randy Steven Kraft offered evidence involving four different murders, debate centered on a place known as "Airplane Hill." When Kraft was arrested, a list was found that prosecutors say amounts to a coded directory to his alleged victims. One entry, next to a murder victim who never has been identified, refers to the Airplane Hill site. The victim was a tattooed young man.
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July 15, 1996 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying she can't believe he's guilty, the longtime guardian of Orange County's accused "Bludgeon Killer" remembers a boy who was left emotionally broken by the death of his mother in 1963, when he was only 8. "If he did these things they say he did--and I hope to God he didn't--then I think he did them because he never got over his Mama being dead and his Daddy just leaving them all," said Florence Russell, who helped raise Gerald Parker, a suspect in a series of killings.
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June 27, 1996 | ANNA CEKOLA and LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A former Marine who once told a psychiatrist he had "always thought of raping women" pleaded not guilty Wednesday to six Orange County slayings in the late 1970s, including one in which another man was wrongfully imprisoned for 17 years. Gerald Parker, 41, who investigators say has confessed to the slayings of the "Bludgeon Killer," faces a possible death sentence if convicted of the series of attacks on young women who were raped and bashed in their homes.
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