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Death Penalty Sought for Serial Killer Ocampo

Death penalty sought against ex-Marine in murders in O.C.

The Orange County district attorney’s office announced Monday it will seek the death penalty against a former Marine in the stabbing death of a mother and her son in Yorba Linda and the killings of four homeless men.Itzcoatl Ocampo, 24, of Yorba Linda, is charged with six felony counts of murder with special circumstances for multiple murders and lying in wait. He also faces sentencing enhancements connected with personal use of a deadly weapon, a knife, during the commission of a crime.

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in a statement that he consulted with a “special circumstances committee” of several prosecutors before reaching his decision in the case against the Iraq War veteran.

PHOTOS: O.C. homeless slayings

Ocampo was arrested Jan. 13 after John Berry, a 64-year-old homeless man, was stabbed to death in an Anaheim parking lot, police said. Witnesses chased Ocampo to a nearby mobile home park, where he was captured, police said.

Police identified Ocampo as the suspect in three other slayings that had rattled the homeless community for weeks. James Patrick McGillivray, 53, was killed Dec. 20 near a shopping center; Lloyd Middaugh, 42, was found stabbed to death Dec. 28 in Anaheim; and Paulus Smit, 57, was slain Dec. 30 in Yorba Linda.

DNA evidence linked Ocampo to two additional deaths after his arrest, according to prosecutors. His killing spree began Oct. 25, prosecutors allege, when he stabbed 53-year-old Raquel Estrada and her son, 34-year-old Juan Herrera, in their Yorba Linda home. Estrada, prosecutors said, was stabbed more than 30 times; Herrera more than 60.

Police said Ocampo was friends with Estrada’s son in middle and high school.

In February, Anaheim Police Det. Daron Wyatt told grand jurors that Ocampo said he targeted the homeless because “they were available and vulnerable.” Ocampo also said he was performing a public service because their presence was a “blight” on the community, Wyatt testified.

In a statement Monday, Rackauckas accused Ocampo of planning the murders and “calculating in carrying out these vicious executions with no plans of stopping.”

Ocampo is being held without bail in the Orange County Jail. His trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 10

I wish the prosecutors luck. This is California though so even if he gets sentenced to death he will probably die from natural causes in prison.

California Man Held as Possible Serial Killer

A male suspect has been arrested on suspicion of stabbing a homeless man to death in Anaheim, and police are investigating if the arrestee is linked to the three recent serial killer stabbing deaths in Orange County.

Itzcoatl Ocampo, 23, of Yorba Linda was detained on Friday night and, according to Anaheim Deputy Chief Craig Hunter, fits the description of the serial killer wanted in the December murders of three OC homeless men, reports City News Service.

Witnesses called 911 at 8:17pm Friday to report an attack in progress behind the Carl’s Jr. at 3310 East La Palma Avenue in Anaheim. A 60-year-old Vietnam War veteran known as “John” was found stabbed to death next to a trash enclosure in the parking lot. People saw Ocampo running and chased him, and police apprehended the suspect on La Palma about a quarter-mile away in Yorba Linda. Ocampo stripped off some of his clothes while fleeing, and blood was found on his body, reports The OC Register.

Police reportedly questioned over two dozen witnesses, several who told reporters that John was amiable and not an aggressive beggar. Authorities had recently ramped up efforts to detain a suspect in the case, offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information leading to an apprehension.

The first murder occurred on December 20, when James Patrick McGillivray, 53, was found stabbed to death near a Placentia shopping center. On Wednesday, December 28, the body of Lloyd Middaugh, 42, was found near the Santa Ana riverbed and 91 Freeway. Paulus Cornelius Smit, 57, was found stabbed to death at the bottom of a stairwell outside a Yorba Linda public library on Friday, December 30. Surveillance video at the Placentia scene shows footage of the suspect, clad in a dark hoodie, along with the suspected getaway vehicle, a 2000-2003 white Toyota Corolla 4-door.

Ocampo was held without bail for suspicion of murder.

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I am hoping that he is the actual killer. I saw on report that was mentioning a possible copycat. (Looking for link)

 

New California Serial Killer Targets the Homeless

Orange County police officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying what they call a “serious, dangerous serial killer operating in Orange County.”

Police believe one person is responsible for stabbing three middle-aged homeless men between Dec. 20 and 30. The men were stabbed multiple times, said Anaheim Police Chief John Welter during a news conference Wednesday morning.

“We believe these murders were likely committed by the same suspect and feel he is extremely dangerous to the public,” Welter said.

At one murder scene, police obtained a photograph of the suspect as he approached a victim. Police said the suspect is a male who was wearing a dark hoodie or sweater.

Welter said that investigators, including the FBI, believe that a white 4-door Toyota was involved in the crime, as shown in a surveillance video.

“This vehicle is of particular interest to homicide investigators,” Welter said.

Police said that two attacks occurred at night and one during the late afternoon and are urging the homeless to stay aware of surroundings.

The body of the first victim, James Patrick McGillivray, 53, was found near a shopping center in Placentia on Dec. 21. Police said their best lead so far is footage from a security camera that showed a man of thin build and average height, dressed in black and “lying in wait.”

A week later, the body of Lloyd Middaugh, 42, was found on a riverbed trail near Tustin Avenue in Anaheim. A third man, Paulus Smit, 57, was found dead with stab wounds outside a library in Yorba Linda last Friday.

On Tuesday, police officials announced that they had formed a task force to investigate the incident.

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There are warnings being issued.

Homeless men in southern California are being warned by police to stick together and remain on high alert for a suspected serial killer who may be preying on them.

All three men were stabbed to death by their attacker, who police believe is a man captured on surveillance video during one of the crimes. The deaths occurred in Anaheim, Yorba Linda, and Placentia, from Dec. 20 to Dec. 30.

Anaheim police, together with neighboring police departments, the county sheriff, and the FBI, are warning homeless people throughout the area to take precautions, including traveling and sleeping in well-lit, well-populated areas. They have launched a campaign to get the information to the vulnerable population, handing out fliers, notifying homeless shelters and soup kitchens, and asking churches to notify those who seek services, Dunn said.

They are also asking the homeless to report any suspicious behavior, which they are often reluctant to do, the police spokesman said.

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Even though many are seeking protection in shelters not all homeless are heading the warnings.

But as authorities ask the homeless to practice extra precaution, officers are running into a similar problem they’ve encountered in the past.

Some of the homeless folks they encounter prefer to remain by themselves rather than to camp with a group or head to a shelter. Those who provide shelter services are also coping with limited resources.

“All you can do is make them aware,” said Sgt. Louise Callus of the Laguna Beach Police Department.

Beds are still available at shelters around the county, where the homeless can be in a safer environment, said Orange County’s administrator of homeless services.

“There’s definitely more room for the homeless,” said Karen Roper, director of Orange County Community Services.

On Thursday, the Orange County Rescue Mission was also handing out flashlights and whistles to homeless people, she said.

After police announced they were now searching for a serial killer, attendance at shelters increased by about 40 percent this week, said Larry Haynes, executive director of Mercy House, a non-profit organization that provides services to the homeless.

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Anaheim Police Dept. via Orange County Register, via Associated Press

Authorities in Orange County believe one man killed three homeless men last month: from top, Paulus Cornelius Smit, Lloyd Middaugh and James McGillivray.

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 I hope that they find this guy soon. Since many homeless have so few contacts in daily life the killer could victimize so many without the police finding out for a while. That might have already happened.

I hope not but it is possible that these are not the first killings just the first ones that fit into a pattern and that have been linked.

 

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A grainy still photo cropped from a video frame shows a shadowy figure, upper right, dressed in black and a wearing hooded sweatshirt, approaching Placentia stabbing victim James McGillivray. The Homeless Homicide Investigative Task Force believes the dark-clothed person is the main suspect in the Placentia stabbing.          Source
 
 
Paulus Cornelius Smit was 57 and a father of three with 10 grandchildren.

“He was an honest and sincere soul,” said Smit-Lozano, who remembers her father helping her out on elementary school projects.

Smit-Lozano’s father, who is from Amsterdam, went by the nickname Dutch, but his daughters called him “Papa.”

He came to California via Colorado and got into trouble in his teens, Winters said, spending a stint in Juvenile Hall on a theft-related arrest.

Smit-Lozano said that her father started living on the streets regularly in the mid-’80s, after his wife left him when Smit-Lozano was 8.

Smit, she said, at times held down odd jobs, including tow-truck driver and plumber. But he never embraced full-time work for long, she said.

“Instead of being called a ‘transient,’ Papa preferred the term ‘wanderer,’ ” Smit-Lozano said. “He thought there was more nobility to that term. He also liked ‘nomad,’ but he thought that you had to live in the desert to be one.”

Lloyd Middaugh had two packs of cigarettes and $12 in his pocket the last time some of his friends saw him, a few nights before he died. They hadn’t seen him so happy in a long time.

Middaugh was new to the streets. He had taken shelter under an overpass just a few months ago after he lost his room at a transitional-living apartment where sex offenders like him could live.

He spent his days begging for cigarettes. He spent his nights wrapped in three sweaters and a leather jacket under that overpass – and his friends are still surprised that his attacker could stab him to death through all that clothing.

James McGillivray was a quiet presence at the Placentia shopping center where he lived and died. He had been there for at least a few months; some remember him shuffling past the storefronts in the morning, offering an occasional hello, for more than a year.

He had few possessions. A sleeping bag. A backpack decorated with the children’s cartoon characters Phineas and Ferb. A cap that he often wore that said “Vietnam Veteran,” although he was too young to really be one.

He would carefully roll up his sleeping bag and line up his belongings against one wall when he headed out in the morning. That’s what stands in people’s minds now: how humble and unobtrusive he was. 

 

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