[UPDATED with $5,000 Reward Paid:] Itzcoatl Ocampo, Troubled Former Marine, Accused Orange County Serial Killer

Categories: 2011 Homicides

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Lloyd Middaugh
UPDATE, JAN. 6, 9:44 P.M.: The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the person responsible for the killings of James McGillivray, Lloyd Middaugh and Paulus Cornelius Smit. The homeless men are believed by authorities--including the FBI--of having been stabbed to death by a single serial killer.

"He's victimizing already vulnerable members of our society," says Tom Dominguez, the union's president, in a written statement.

He continues, "One of the most sacred tenets of law enforcement is protecting those who cannot protect themselves, be it the homeless, the elderly, the disabled or children. He must be caught before he kills again."

The slayings since Dec. 20 in Placentia, Yorba Linda and Anaheim Hills are not within Orange County Sheriff Department patrol areas, but agency investigators are represented on the multi-agency task force probing the murders. The Anaheim Police Department heads up the task force, and anyone with information that can help locate the killer is still asked to call 714.765.1944 or email htf@anaheim.net.

The task force sought tips at a roadblock Tuesday near the scene of McGillivray's demise in Placentia, the Guardian Angels have been patrolling areas where the homeless are known to congregate and advocates and law enforcement have been communicating with the region's most vulnerable in hopes of getting them into shelters overnight or, short of that, sleeping in packs.

James McGillivray. R.I.P.
UPDATE, JAN. 6, 12:15 P.M.: Seasonal emergency shelters for the homeless at National Guard armories in Fullerton and Santa Ana have seen a 40 percent increase in use over the past two days, according to providers. The number of armory users is not all that has grown since the murder spree. So have the number of cards, flowers and other mementos left in front of the Placentia shopping center where the first victim, 53-year-old James McGillivray, was stabbed to death as he slept.

The increase in armory users and size of the makeshift memorial in Placentia may be tied to local law enforcement's stepped up contact with the media, the public and the homeless population about their suspicions a serial killer may be preying on homeless men.

Most of those seeking refuge in the armories are single males, which fits the description of homeless men killed since Dec. 20 in Anaheim, Placentia and Yorba Linda.

UPDATE, JAN. 5, 2:17 P.M.: Among the ways the Orange County Rescue Mission is helping homeless people deal with a serial killer who is apparently targeting them is to collect flashlights, whistles, blankets and hygiene items for them--but also urging them to find shelter a night. The homeless can get information about this by dialing 2-1-1 toll free or visiting realhomeless.com.

But the murder of three homeless men since Dec. 20 has pointed to a dire problem with this strategy: Orange County does not have enough beds or shelters for its homeless population.

"The bottom line is, for every bed that's available, you've got several people that are lined up for it," Larry Haynes, executive director of Mercy House that runs the county armories in Fullerton and Santa Ana, reportedly tells the Orange County Register.

The county's public and private shelters have about 3,300 beds, but many are taken and more than half are transitional shelters, meaning they are not available for drop-in emergencies. The daily reports a one-night count of homeless people in Orange County in January 2011 revealed more than 6,900 were living on the streets or in shelters.

With so many folks out there, they are easy targets for serial killers, a characteristic shared with similar murder sprees across the country. The National Coalition for the Homeless, which chronicled more than 1,000 acts of violence against homeless people between 1999 and 2009, has found a pattern has emerged among killers of them. Most were young, under-educated men with either a bias against the homeless or attracted to the ease in killing them, the Reg reports.

To donate safety kit items to the homeless, CLICK HERE or drop them off at the Rescue Mission's Village of Hope, 1 Hope Drive, Tustin.

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UPDATE, JAN. 5, 9:29 A.M.: In response to the fears of Orange County law enforcement that a serial killer may be preying on the region's homeless, the Orange County Rescue Mission announced it will be providing additional information and resources to the targeted population.

The outreach begins this afternoon in Santa Ana.

Every week, the Tustin-based mission's mobile clinic drops into the parking lot at Santa Ana Boulevard and Ross Street, near the Civic Center, to provide free health services and meals to the homeless. Beginning with today's scheduled 4-8 p.m. stop, mission workers will dispense the information and resources to raise awareness and safety for the homeless population.

The nonprofit, which operates the Village of Hope in Tustin, employs biblical principles in programs dedicated to parenting, finance and relationships.

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Homeless man's killer
UPDATE, JAN. 4, 1:14 P.M.: "We believe there is a serious, dangerous serial killer operating in Orange County," Anaheim Police Chief John Welter said at a press conference this morning about the slayings of three homeless men since Dec. 20.

Welter added a multi-agency task force of investigators searching for the killer is "pretty certain" the same man murdered all three victims.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department and its investigative powers have joined the task force that is also composed of Welter's agency and the Brea and Placentia police departments.

No further evidence linking the crimes was revealed at today's press conference. It was previously stated that besides being homeless the three victims died the same way: stabbed multiple times while sleeping alone. But Anaheim Police now say that may not be correct when it comes to all victims.

Today's revelation of an increased threat to Orange County's vulnerable population shows authorities were wise to visit homeless camps last weekend and pass out flyers warning that someone may be targeting them. Homeless people have been urged to "buddy up" by watching out for one another and sleeping at least in pairs.

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Fatal stabbing victims (from left): James McGillivray, Lloyd Middaugh and Paulus Cornelius Smit.

The body of James McGillivray, 53, was found with multiple stab wounds Dec. 21 at a retail center in the 100 block of North Bradford Avenue, Placentia. A time stamp from surveillance video that captured his slaying shows he was killed Dec. 20.


The body of Lloyd Middaugh, 42, was found with multiple stab wounds Dec. 28 near the 91 freeway overpass along the Santa Ana River Trail between Tustin and Lakeview avenues in Anaheim Hills.


The most-recent victim was 57-year-old Paulus Cornelius Smit, whose body was found Friday evening near a puddle of blood at the base of a stairwell behind Yorba Linda Public Library.


The task force has released these photos from the McGillivray killing scene:

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Photos courtesy of Anaheim Police Department
The killer, wearing a dark hoodie in upper left of photo, approaches James McGillivray.

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The killer stands next to the homeless man's body.

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The white 2002 or 2003 Toyota Corolla the killer drove off in.

It is hoped the image of the killer and/or the car he drove off in will jog someone's memory. He was previously described as 18 to 25, between 5-feet-6 and 5-feet-9 with a thin build and wearing all black clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Anaheim Police Department at 714.765.1944 or email detectives at htf@anaheim.net.

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oc
oc

The killer looks like a man I saw at a McDonald's on Katella the night, or night before, of the last killing, which I immediately mentioned to at least 3 or 4 people because I was trying to decide whether to call the police.  He was wearing dark sunglasses at about 8:30 p.m. I wanted to call the police but was afraid of sounding like a complete nut. Framed behind him, as he sat on the bike, was a homeless man who always sat upright on a bus bench asleep. He has severe sleep apnea, I've heard. In fact I've never seen him NOT sleeping sitting up, with his blanket wrapped around him. The young man I saw was NOT in the aforementioned "white Corolla", but on a bike, seated low.  If this is the same young man, he was extremely clever, very subtle, very quiet spoken.  I think the average American killer would be a boar in a China shop compared to this very, very clever fellow. He wanted to kill. He went overseas to kill. He missed the dead bodies.

MayhemInTheHood
MayhemInTheHood

Can you be a "troubled combat Marine" if you were never in combat?

Ernesto
Ernesto

Del palido criminal:Que no qureis dar muerte ,ho jueces y sacrificadores,hasta que la victima no haya asentido con la cabeza?Mirad el palido criminal ha asentido con la cabeza; su mirada pregona su gran desprecio, Mi yo es algo que debe ser superado mi yo antoja el gran desprecio del hombre- . asi pregona esta mirada el aberse condenado asi mismo fue su instante supremo ;no rechaceis al enaltecido a la bajeza !a quien asi sufre de si mismo solo lo redime la Muerte fulminante . (Federico Nietzsche )

tito
tito

you guy are raises

cerberus0479
cerberus0479

so many things wrong with some of the mentalities commenting on this story...

I dunno how anyone could look at the known facts of the suspect's life and think the crime all boils down to him feeling like going out and killing white people. He was obviously a troubled soul BEFORE he went to Iraq, and now that he's back, who knows what could be wrong with his head. He could very well be suffering from PTSD. It boils down to this kid has simply snapped, due to a variety of factors. I doubt the race of his targets had much to do with it.

What's worse is there's so many people truly enraged over the race issue of this crime, when the real crime is the number of homeless in our streets, the fact that the number is increasing every year, and is set to get much worse in the coming years. No one cares about anything but their own lives and happiness anymore. The idea of a "civilized society" - people looking out for each other and working for the common good of society - is a thing of the past. And we want to take away even more from those who need help. We criminalize poverty and homelessness in this country, instead of working on the root causes. But no, helping the mentally ill, substance addicted and economically disadvantaged is not "the American way". It's easier to just call them lazy, stupid, and a blight. What a "civilized society" we white people have built for ourselves.

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

with a name like itzcoatl, im guessing latin american studies major.. no wonder he was homeless and living on the streets..hey gustavo,  the only thing keeping you from the streets is the sex mags that advertise on this rag.... btw, i guess he was just doing a job that americans wouldnt do.....

Miss Me Yet
Miss Me Yet

CNN article http://articles.cnn.com/2007-0... This is an issue  that needs to be brought up ASAP!!!! this man served in the Marines and he suffered from post tramatic stress.Alots of our vets will suffer and are suffering from this now!!!! Its not an excuse just facts. He was a happy cheerful CHILD when he left for war and came back a damaged,nervous, "MAN".There was red flags and he needed help.Please look out for signs this is not the first or last of crimes that will be commited because of the damage the war causes on soliders.My prayers go out to all the victims family and the Ocampo family for they have lost thier son too.

White Bison
White Bison

Itzcoatl was an illegitimate son of Emperor Acamapichtli.He himself was elected as the king when his predecessor, his nephew Chimalpopoca, was killed by Maxtla of the nearby Tepanec city-state of Azcapotzalco.

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The manzana falls close to the tree.

Missamanda007
Missamanda007

Good riddance! One less spick, catholic, no-birth-control-using, future welfare recipient that I have to work to take care of!

Lloyd Reife
Lloyd Reife

Another Mexican killing the white man , when will the media call it like it is?

Dudemanbro
Dudemanbro

here is his 2006 esperanza yearbook senior quote ‎"walk the streets i walked alone, then sit and judge me"

mitch young
mitch young

Well well well.

Here we have a guy not only preying on an indentifiable group, but a genuine Aztec killing white  men. Will hate crime charges be filed? 

maria1234
maria1234

Why don't they mention that itzquoalt ocampo was in the MARINES

Old friend.of his sad to hear he could so this .

Runinwsizzrs
Runinwsizzrs

Typical OCSD using the murder of 3 homeless men to self promote. Wasn't that long ago that Sheriff Mike Carona who is now serving time in federal prison, did the same marketing move with the murder of poor little Samantha Runion. Sickening.

Dwight Smith
Dwight Smith

The Catholic Worker serves in the Civic Center parking lot five times each week, and i have never seen the Rescue Mission Van offer medical care, much less food.  Moreover, after Jim Palmer personally promised to have the van visit the Civic Center at least once each month, I could never get a copy of the schedule to distribute to the homeless.

If Jim Palmer is providing healthcare with public funds, I sincerely hope his honesty doesn't again descend to the level demonstrated when his staff claimed to have served "thousands of Thanksgiving meals" for which Jim raised money thru huge mailings, at the Armory, capacity 400!

Jim has always been very secretive about that number one budget item: postage.  Even when he served in a public capacity on the Tustin City Council, I could never get him to disclose his printing and mailing budget for the Rescue Mission.

Neither can the investigative reporters at the Weekly, apparently!

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Iwonder
Iwonder

Aren't ALL homeless 290 registrants prohibited from staying in shelters, regardless of conviction or risk? Not sure about this, but think so. The punishment continues to pile on, this time in the risk of getting murdered in ones sleep.

James Crowley
James Crowley

Is he black? Not very typical if so. I was expecting some sort of goth kid like the west memphis 3 killers. Probably a reader of this magazine who smoked too much marijuana and decided to start offing people. 

Kkdj60
Kkdj60

James was my brother, he was also a father and grandfather that was delt a bad hand from a young age. Yes he is at peace now but did not deserve such a brutal death. R. I. P.  

mitch young
mitch young

Tio, vas a confundir a los pochos -- incluso el redactor de este periodico-- con todo esto 'quereis' y 'mirad'. No entienden ni el idoma de Cervantes ni 'vosotros'. 

Charles Hugnes
Charles Hugnes

It is the very mental health treatments that causes people to snap. The Calabine students that went postal was on Psychometric medication for years. Before going on a rampage. The Indiana Tech student had 8 Different  psychiatric medications in him when he want on a killing rampage. he was also in violations of a number of court treatments.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Bullied Chinito: He wasn't homeless—but why would you care for facts? Go be negligent with some other patient because of your obsession with pendejo comments...

Kutesky1
Kutesky1

He served in Iraq!!! Just so you know! He was fighting to protect YOU and all of us.

Missamanda007
Missamanda007

FYI, for the dense ones out there, I'm talking about the killer!

Rick M
Rick M

what about the white guy in Seal beach who killed all those white ladies and white guy at the hair salon ?? Idiot !!

Jojon
Jojon

fuckin racist

LEE87
LEE87

Mitch making racist innuendo (if you understand what innuendo is) does nothing but make you sound ignorant. Race is irrelevant especially to the now 4 men that have lost their lives in such a violent way.

fairNsquare
fairNsquare

I am sorry, Maria, that your old friend turned out to be the killer. You must be very sad. Ignore the jerk who said he didn't care--I care. Also, ignore the angry racist comments. I am "white," and I don't think it had to do with race. Likely we will soon find out what caused him to make those poor choices.

Lastly, RIP to all 4 gentlemen who lost their lives, and my prayers to their families and friends.

deport
deport

who gives a shit? 

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

Just to be clear, it's the deputy union offering the reward, not OCSD.

anon
anon

one problem with that, The west memphis 3 are innocent

Jacinda
Jacinda

Chances are he is NOT black. He like his victims is white. May be a former addict or formal sexual predator. He lives or works in the area. I believe he lives in the immediate area. He may also be into fitness..running biking. I also think this is an anger motivated spree. 

Sgt Martin
Sgt Martin

My sympathies, Seriously.  Your right, Nobody deserves that kind of end.

deport_stabo
deport_stabo

stfu, you know-nothing beaner race-rider.  

mitch young
mitch young

Bullshit -- he was 'serving' to protect Israel. 

mitch young
mitch young

Yes, a white man killed a bunch of whites. Here a Mexican killed a bunch of whites. See the difference? 

mitch young
mitch young

If some white kid had killed four jornaleros, we'd be hearing about 'hate' from all the usual whingers.

Even without the race/ethnicity factor, the case goes to show how evil 'hate crime' laws are. These guys were obviously targeted for no other reason but their belonging to a certain group or class, but because they aren't in a special 'protected' class, their killer could get a lesser sentence than if they were a 'minority' or homosexual etc. That isn't justice.

Fuckmitch
Fuckmitch

I was over there too, to protect my right to fuck your mom's asshole Mitch.

mitch young
mitch young

No one should be a 'protected class'.

I doubt that his Marine/Iraq experience played a part. It sounds, very preliminarily like run of the mill schizophrenia which usually manifests itself in the late teens and early 20s. But his craziness channeled itself into violence against white, homeless men. And with a name like Izticoatl, one wonders if his parents didn't fill him with a bunch of indigenista hate towards the white man. Questions that should, but won't, be asked.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Typical pendejo Mitchie blames race completely without any regards to the Marines part—stay classy, pendejo! Also? Those evil Jews you hate like Brian Levin are trying to pass legislation that would make the homeless a protected group under hate-crimes legislation—not that your deluded ass actually cares about the homeless.

Aleja123
Aleja123

How are we protected again?

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