27 June 2006 – Angel Maturino Reséndiz

Angel Maturino ResendizOn the FBI’s top-10 most wanted list at one point, the railroad killer, Angel Maturino Reséndiz was to stop at nothing to target his victims.

Bludgeoned, beaten, shot, stabbed, raped, with the help of garden tools, sledgehammers, even tyres, no method was beyond his insatiable lust for blood.

Angel of death

Reséndiz would facelessly tour the desolate rail tracks, jumping on and off freight trains in search of his unsuspecting victims; 16, possibly 18 in total, although Reséndiz wanted his last two to remain a secret.

In one murder, Reséndiz left the weapon, a pickaxe, cushioned in the brain of one of his victims, while he used a sledgehammer literally to smash the skulls of another couple. As with most serial killers, the Mexican left calling cards, notably towards the end of his murderous spree – a newspaper report detailing one of his earlier crimes, plus a toy train.

Tracked down

The train was the key – it meant he was able to spread his torturous anti-talents far and wide, from Texas to Florida and Illinois to Kentucky. But his failure to finish one of his victims off was to prove his downfall, after she survived to identify him successfully. But that was after he’d handed himself into the police, apparently on a plea bargain arranged by his sister, according to ‘Crime Library’.

Indeed, the fact that he had turned himself in was used as his defence, but the jury didn’t want to know. It took the group a mere 10 hours to send him down for his crimes.

But something tells us Reséndiz was beginning to believe his own hype – he was lapping up his new-found celebrity status, charging for autographs, locks of hair, even interviews, and it was during one such session in the run-up to his execution that he likened his motives to another mass murderer.

Wacko about Waco

Remember Timothy McVeigh? Well, Reséndiz was to justify some of his killings on the same grounds as McVeigh – as a statement against the Waco incident.

Whatever his motive, it didn’t seem to make a bit of difference – he was hooked up to a gurney on this day in 2006 to receive his very own share of a lethal cocktail of drugs.

A visibly shaking Reséndiz concluded his own life with his own words ‘I deserve what I’m getting’ and with that the killed drugs flowed in.

Also on this day

27 June 1497 – Michael An Gof and Thomas Flamank

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