Andrew Urdiales, Serial Killer, Extradited to OC For Killing Saddleback College Student Robbin Brandley

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Andrew Urdiales
More than 25 years after he allegedly stabbed Saddleback College drama student Robbin Brandley 41 times in an unlit campus parking lot, Andrew Urdiales is finally on his way to Orange County to face trial for her murder. Urdiales, 47, who was the subject of a Nov. 2007 OC Weekly feature story about the slaying, "Just a Random Female," has been behind bars since June 1997 after Chicago police tied him to the murders of three prostitutes. Upon his arrest, the security guard and former Camp Pendleton Marine confessed to murdering Brandley and four other women in Southern California, as well as attempting to kill a fifth victim who managed to run away after he kidnapped and sexually assaulted her near Palm Springs.

According to a press release issued today by the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA), Urdiales left the state prison in Pontiac, Illinois where he'd been serving time since his 2002 murder conviction (he was convicted of murder again in 2004) yesterday. He will be transferred to the custody of the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner on Oct. 6 and will arrive at the Orange County Jail shortly thereafter.

The OCDA plans to prosecute Urdiales for all five of the California murders, which took place between Jan. 18, 1986, the night he confessed to murdering Brandley, and 1995. Of the five murders, Brandley's remains the most mysterious. During his 1997 confession, Urdiales stated that he'd driven north from Camp Pendleton with a large hunting knife, and pulled off Interstate 5 when he saw a sign for Saddleback College. Then he hopped over a fence and wandered around the campus until he happened upon Brandley--who in his words was "just a random female"--in a parking lot near a drama center where she had just worked as a volunteer usher. After stabbing her to death, Urdialas says, he drove back to the base, where security guards later confiscated and destroyed his knife.

The crime did not fit the pattern of Urdiales' future murders in that Brandley was stabbed rather than shot, which his how he murdered the rest of his victims, as well as the fact she wasn't a prostitute and he did not sexually assault her. (Urdiales' sixth victim, who was sexually assaulted but who escaped, also was not a prostitute). During Urdiales' 2002 murder trial, his defense team sought to spare him from the death penalty by claiming that he suffered head trauma and sexual abuse as a child and, at the time he murdered Brandley, was hearing voices in his head which he believed were being beamed into his brain by the CIA, voices that told him he was on a mission to kill.

Prosecutors rejected that argument, noting that he was never treated for clinical depression or mental illness. Although Urdiales did receive the death penalty, Illinois banned the practice this year, and his sentence was automatically commuted to life in prison. This fact may explain the timing of Urdiales' long-awaited extradition: according to the DA's press release, "Urdiales [is] eligible for the death penalty" in California.

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Ladyv
Ladyv

Kill him! He showed no remorse for murdering these women, Why Keep him alive? I believe all States should have the death penalty!! This monster is scum!!!!

Leonidas_0413
Leonidas_0413

Why do we have people who insist to keep animals like these alive at the cost to law-abiding citizens. The justice system is as broken as the logic of these misguided righteous people who stupidly think that prison will rehabilitate these people. I would like to put my hands and choke around the neck and  squeeze the shit out of these people and spit on their face so they realize what crime is about. And then defecate  on their face and say to them: You are going to forgive me right ?

Rick
Rick

I'd like to have this pos face to face ,for 5 minutes 

949girl
949girl

I don't see the point in bringing him here and spending the money to prosecute him when he's already serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole in Illinois. Let Illinois be financially responsible for him, not the broke state of California or county of Orange. I saw Deputy DA Howard Gundy getting "emotional" on a recent Saturday night episode of 48 Hours Mystery. Does he really want justice for the families or a death penalty conviction on his resume at the taxpayer's expense?

Smilez0614
Smilez0614

Since the death penalty was abolished in the state he was prosecuted in, he needed to be brought to California so the jury there can give him the justice he deserves. What the man did to those young girls is disgusting since he took 8 innocent lives I honestly the death penalty is justice for him. Why should the taxpayers money pay for him to be comfortable for the rest of his life???! I'd rather spend my heard earned money on his death.

Anne
Anne

Vengeance is not justice, Rick. 

Jack Black
Jack Black

Let's go with the logical answer here. A death penalty conviction is justice for the families.

mitch young
mitch young

What does the girl's family say? They probably want justice for the crime against their daughter.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

He wants a death penalty conviction on his resume

Leonidas_0413
Leonidas_0413

 What is justice then? Kiss his butt? Keep him alive, provide him with three square meals a day with all the comforts that other people don't even get in their lifetime?. Some people just have sick ideas about justice.

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