10 Revelations in Case Against Itzcoatl Ocampo, Orange County's Accused Serial Killer

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Accused Orange County serial killer Itzcoatl Ocampo appeared at his arraignment this morning but entered no plea to charges that could bring the death penalty as the hearing was postponed until Feb. 17. Given the amount of media heat generated, it's difficult to fathom anything new coming from the case against the 23-year-old former Marine accused of murdering four homeless men in what prosecutors call "a serial thrill-kill spree." But at a news conference Tuesday, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and law enforcement authorities provided the following 10 revelations . . .

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Glimpse of the murder weapon: A witness to Friday night's killing of John Berry recalled seeing a man fleeing from the scene with a large knife. Here it is, according to the DA: a Ka-bar Bull Dozer, which is a single-edge, seven-inch blade made of a heavy gauge material that can slice through bone without chipping or breaking.

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Image captured from surveillance video shows the killer standing nex to the body of James McGillivray.
The shear number of stab wounds: James McGillivray was stabbed more than 40 times--before, during and after the time he was rustled awake--at a Placentia retail center Dec. 20. Lloyd "Jimmy" Middaugh was stabbed more than 50 times on the Santa Ana River Trail under the 91 Freeway underpass in Anaheim on Dec. 27. Paulus Cornelius "Dutch" Smit was stabbed more than 60 times at the Yorba Linda Public Library on Dec. 30.

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Dutch Smit only recently became homeless. When the home Smit had been living in was deemed uninhabitable by code enforcement, he was forced onto the streets.

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The LA Times contributes to final victim's murder. Inadvertently, of course. In its coverage of the law enforcement response to a serial killer on the loose, Times photographer Allen J. Schaben snapped Anaheim Police Sgt. Mike Lynch talking with John Berry. "We believe that the evidence will show that the defendant specifically sought this victim out for participating in this article," Rackauckas said Tuesday. "The defendant relished the media attention of the crime, and he stalked the victim until he got his prey." Ironically, 64-year-old Berry informed friends and police before he was murdered that he thought the then-wanted serial killer was stalking him.


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Sgt Martin
Sgt Martin

PTSD is not exclusive to military combat service.  Abused Spouses and children can also suffer from PTSD.  When I trained people as Coroner transport techs or Crime scene decontamination techs they were exposed to death and trauma scenes that many could not handle.  Exposure to violent and traumatic deaths, Handling and processing the bodies can affect you.  I worked in a crematorium and most  people I trained couldnt handle the job. 

tufo
tufo

that is what happen when illegals aliens have anchor babies!!! when the anchor babies grow the become  drug dealers or serial killers or rapists,, no more illegals please !! close the borders

JB
JB

We all may have thought the Seal Beach massacre couldn't be topped, but this story is even sadder. 

In my head, I've also made a top 10 list...it's the top 10 people I feel deeply sorry for, and they include: the victims; the alleged killer, Itzcoatl Ocampo; the victims' kin; the 17 y.o. brother and 12 y.o. sister of the alleged killer; and, perhaps at the top, the shameful hypocrites we live among who are so quick to assail the alleged killer for preying on the vulnerable but show no sympathy for his father, who is homeless himself. 

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

That Bull Dozer knife is a beauty. 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Anyone want to bet the defense will claim PTSD? 

Blah234
Blah234

Apparently this guy ^^^^ doesn't know anything about opsect..what a douche

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

...except they weren't illegals, and Ocampo wasn't an anchor baby. PENDEJO!!!

Shameful
Shameful

Why don't you invite the killer's father into your home, feed him dinner and let him crash on your couch?

MayhemInTheHood
MayhemInTheHood

I feel sorry for people that rank one tragedy to be sadder than the next. You're a shameful hypocrite. (I'm actually kidding, don't worry. I was just seeing how it felt, for a second, to be a self righteous, judgmental weirdo)

909Jeff
909Jeff

KA-Bar Is the official knife of the USMC

Jfernandex1
Jfernandex1

How do you claim PTSD if you've never even seen Combat? 

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

Knowing the facts. It would be criminally inept of whoever his lawyers are not to use it as a defense. So no, I will not bet.

JB
JB

Didn't want to post this...you know, don't want to sound like I'm self-righteous grandstander...but since you asked...that's close to exactly what I was planning to do.  More specifically, I wanted to approach the alleged killer's brother first, since he appears more of a nexus between his father and his sister and mother.

Like most people, there are limits to what I can do, but no limit to being able to at least offer genuine compassion and support to those directly affected...and also nothing stopping me from speaking out against the sickening comments I read on the online post of one of the OC Register's stories over the weekend, where Mr. and Mrs. John Q. White, Church-going, Mission Viejo/Huntington Beach Ocresident expressed their pain for the unfortunate homeless victims, and then demonized the alleged's father as a "dirty-hands-ed" scum "who should learn English." 

Amazing Lies
Amazing Lies

I get the impression you've had plenty of practice.  Oh, just joking, of course.

909Jeff
909Jeff

TRM is pretty much right on... I'm a veteran and former Marine and there are many many factors that can contribute to PTSD.  It is very serious and I shouldn't joke about it.  Some people are wired differently and can experience the horrors of war and it has very little effect... Just as there are people who can see one dead body or gruesome injury and it sends them into a tailspin.  As mentioned in the article the fact that he was exposed to  injured service members constantly can be a factor.  It is also noted that his good friend was killed, and to be a medical person who is then expected to treat and give aid to the captured enemy is hard to rationalize.  

There is no excuse for what he did and perhaps none of this played into it... But I'm guessing this will be the defense. 

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

I'm not a psychologist, I just play one on here. A lot things can cause PTSD. That's why it's called Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and not Post Traumatic Combat Syndrome. Thank you

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