Category: Serial Killing
Location: Texas, United States
Date: 1986 - 1999
Crime: Known as the 'Railroad Killer', Resendiz was an illegal immigrant who traveled on trains throughout the country, robbing, raping and killing 24 people. He was executed by lethal injection on June 27, 2006.
Biography: Because of his status as an illegal immigrant, details of this killer's early life are unknown. In post-capture interviews, Resendiz spoke about a horrible childhood that was marred by frequent abuse because he lived in the streets of Mexico. He was taken in by another 'street-urchin', who continually abused him. He has been described by the F.B.I. as a 'bungling' crook who only evaded capture for as long as he did because of his using the U.S. railway system to move from location to location. Resendiz was a small man, standing about 5'4', and he typically used blunt force trauma to subdue his victims. He would ride a freight train to whatever destination he felt would present an opportunity for him to commit his next series of crimes. He claims that he never really knew where he was going, and that he just got off the train wherever felt right. Once on the ground, he would scope out the surrounding area and plan his attack. His main motive appeared to be the killing of his victims, however, many of them were sexually assaulted, and most of them were robbed. He was ultimately captured at the border, just outside of El Paso, Texas without incident or altercation. Once in custody, he admitted to nine murders, and while serving on death row, he continued to admit to additional crimes as the years passed.