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May 20, 2000 | From Associated Press
A jury heard harrowing details Friday about a string of killings that sowed fear throughout Texas railroad communities last summer until the surrender of admitted serial killer Angel Maturino Resendiz. The panel convicted the so-called railroad killer of capital murder Thursday for the rape and slaying of a Houston-area doctor, Claudia Benton. Next week, they'll decide whether he should be executed.
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May 20, 2000 | From Associated Press
A jury heard harrowing details Friday about a string of killings that sowed fear throughout Texas railroad communities last summer until the surrender of admitted serial killer Angel Maturino Resendiz. The panel convicted the so-called railroad killer of capital murder Thursday for the rape and slaying of a Houston-area doctor, Claudia Benton. Next week, they'll decide whether he should be executed.
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July 16, 1999 | Reuters
A suspected serial killer who gave himself up in Texas this week was apparently unaware that he could face execution in the Lone Star state, his attorney was quoted as saying in Thursday's Houston Chronicle. "He was just told he would be treated humanely. He interpreted that to mean that they would not try to kill him," court-appointed attorney Alan Tanner said. U.S. authorities believe Angel Maturino Resendez, a Mexican national, has killed at least nine people.
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May 16, 2000 | From Associated Press
Admitted serial killer Angel Leoncio Reyes Recendis did not suffer from paranoid schizophrenia or any other major psychosis when he killed a Houston-area physician, a court-appointed psychiatrist testified Monday. Contrary to testimony from two defense experts, Dr. Ramon Laval said the 40-year-old Mexican drifter suffers from several personality disorders and harbors "strange" beliefs but was not insane when he killed Dr. Claudia Benton in December 1998. "He knew what he was doing," said Laval.
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August 15, 1999 | From Associated Press
Ignoring legal advice, multiple murder defendant Angel Maturino Resendiz sent a rambling letter to a television station, touching on topics ranging from why he surrendered to how much he loves his dogs. In the 11-page letter received by Houston station KTRK, Maturino Resendiz didn't discuss the string of killings across three states that put him on the FBI's 10 most wanted list, but he did make an ominous reference to a "creature" inside him that scares him.
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June 14, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Investigators searched for a Mexican drifter alleged to be a serial killer with a taste for riding the rails. Police in the United States and Mexico were looking for Rafael Resendez Ramirez, who has been linked to six deaths in Texas and one in Kentucky, all brutal beatings that took place near railroad tracks. "Right now he is the most wanted man in Texas," said Texas Department of Public Safety Director Dudley Thomas.
NEWS
July 18, 1999 | From Reuters
Preliminary results show a match between DNA found at the scene of a slaying in Texas and a DNA sample taken from the suspected "railroad killer," the Houston Chronicle reported Saturday. Quoting an anonymous source, the Chronicle said laboratory tests on a sample taken from Angel Maturino Resendez have linked him to DNA recovered from the home of victim Claudia Benton.
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July 23, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Accused "railroad" serial killer Angel Maturino Resendez was indicted in Houston on a capital murder charge in the December slaying of Claudia Benton, one of nine people he is suspected of killing. Prosecutors said they have not decided whether to seek the death penalty. Arraignment was set for today. Maturino Resendez, 39, is already charged in four slayings in Illinois, Texas and Kentucky. Police say evidence links him to five other Texas killings. Assistant Dist. Atty.
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December 1, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Alleged serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, scheduled to die Monday for the slaying of a woman in 1979, won a stay from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The appeals court in Austin said it would consider a claim by Lucas' attorneys that the trial jury should have been able to consider mitigating circumstances before sentencing him to death, said Assistant Texas Atty. Gen. Bob Walt.
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July 30, 1999 | From Reuters
The sister of serial killing suspect Angel Maturino Resendiz has been paid $86,000 in reward money for arranging her brother's surrender, the FBI said Thursday. New Mexico resident Manuela Karkiewicz negotiated the surrender in exchange for a promise of humane treatment and a psychiatric evaluation for her brother, who is suspected in at least nine slayings in three states. Police insisted they made no deal with Karkiewicz to pay her the reward in exchange for turning in Maturino Resendiz.
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August 15, 1999 | From Associated Press
Ignoring legal advice, multiple murder defendant Angel Maturino Resendiz sent a rambling letter to a television station, touching on topics ranging from why he surrendered to how much he loves his dogs. In the 11-page letter received by Houston station KTRK, Maturino Resendiz didn't discuss the string of killings across three states that put him on the FBI's 10 most wanted list, but he did make an ominous reference to a "creature" inside him that scares him.
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July 31, 1999 | CLAUDIA KOLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The stranger at Mike's nightclub seemed a daydream made flesh. To the men, rural Mexicans newly arrived seeking work, he had all they longed for themselves: manly good looks, fine cowboy clothes, the confidence of a rich man or maybe an Anglo. Unlike the other patrons, he didn't appear to be paying the woman beside him. He never even asked her to dance. Eyeing the light-skinned stranger from bar stools, the women just hoped he'd ask them to dance.
NEWS
July 30, 1999 | From Reuters
The sister of serial killing suspect Angel Maturino Resendiz has been paid $86,000 in reward money for arranging her brother's surrender, the FBI said Thursday. New Mexico resident Manuela Karkiewicz negotiated the surrender in exchange for a promise of humane treatment and a psychiatric evaluation for her brother, who is suspected in at least nine slayings in three states. Police insisted they made no deal with Karkiewicz to pay her the reward in exchange for turning in Maturino Resendiz.
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July 23, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Accused "railroad" serial killer Angel Maturino Resendez was indicted in Houston on a capital murder charge in the December slaying of Claudia Benton, one of nine people he is suspected of killing. Prosecutors said they have not decided whether to seek the death penalty. Arraignment was set for today. Maturino Resendez, 39, is already charged in four slayings in Illinois, Texas and Kentucky. Police say evidence links him to five other Texas killings. Assistant Dist. Atty.
NEWS
July 18, 1999 | From Reuters
Preliminary results show a match between DNA found at the scene of a slaying in Texas and a DNA sample taken from the suspected "railroad killer," the Houston Chronicle reported Saturday. Quoting an anonymous source, the Chronicle said laboratory tests on a sample taken from Angel Maturino Resendez have linked him to DNA recovered from the home of victim Claudia Benton.
NEWS
July 16, 1999 | Reuters
A suspected serial killer who gave himself up in Texas this week was apparently unaware that he could face execution in the Lone Star state, his attorney was quoted as saying in Thursday's Houston Chronicle. "He was just told he would be treated humanely. He interpreted that to mean that they would not try to kill him," court-appointed attorney Alan Tanner said. U.S. authorities believe Angel Maturino Resendez, a Mexican national, has killed at least nine people.
NEWS
May 16, 2000 | From Associated Press
Admitted serial killer Angel Leoncio Reyes Recendis did not suffer from paranoid schizophrenia or any other major psychosis when he killed a Houston-area physician, a court-appointed psychiatrist testified Monday. Contrary to testimony from two defense experts, Dr. Ramon Laval said the 40-year-old Mexican drifter suffers from several personality disorders and harbors "strange" beliefs but was not insane when he killed Dr. Claudia Benton in December 1998. "He knew what he was doing," said Laval.
NEWS
July 4, 1999 | CLAUDIA KOLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Finding work is hard enough at the Gulfton day labor site, where immigrant men crowd daily to offer strong backs and cheap labor. But when the best-known day laborer in America is an alleged serial killer known as Rafael Resendez-Ramirez, a day's wage gets dicier still for Diego Xiloj and his friends, who say freelance construction work has plummeted since the killer became quarry in a national manhunt. "I think the employers are scared of us.
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July 4, 1999 | CLAUDIA KOLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Finding work is hard enough at the Gulfton day labor site, where immigrant men crowd daily to offer strong backs and cheap labor. But when the best-known day laborer in America is an alleged serial killer known as Rafael Resendez-Ramirez, a day's wage gets dicier still for Diego Xiloj and his friends, who say freelance construction work has plummeted since the killer became quarry in a national manhunt. "I think the employers are scared of us.
NEWS
June 14, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Investigators searched for a Mexican drifter alleged to be a serial killer with a taste for riding the rails. Police in the United States and Mexico were looking for Rafael Resendez Ramirez, who has been linked to six deaths in Texas and one in Kentucky, all brutal beatings that took place near railroad tracks. "Right now he is the most wanted man in Texas," said Texas Department of Public Safety Director Dudley Thomas.
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