Part one of a two-part interview...
|Itzcoatl in his Marines days|
"There's something strange in this," says Refugio Ocampo, father of accused serial killer Itzcoatl Ocampo, as he dragged on a cigarette in Anaheim's industrial corridor. "[The Orange County District Attorney's office] had a winning case [against Itzcoatl]. So the first question--if he took something...he was under watch. How was it possible he could take something?"
Refugio was understandably furious. The previous day, his son had passed away after ingesting Ajax in his single-man cell at Central Jail. Itzcoatl, of course, was awaiting trial for the murders of six people in late 2011 and early 2012--next to the Kelly Thomas killing, perhaps the OC DA's most high-profile case on the dockets. And now, it was all gone, with both DA Tony Rackauckas and Sheriff Sandra Hutchens accused of incompetence in yet the latest OC jail death.
It was more than mere negligence to Refugio, though. In an exclusive interview with the Weekly (he denied all other media requests this past weekend) he recounted the last day of Itzcoatl's life, a picture emerged of a family desperately trying to reach their son, and an OC legal establishment angrily unsympathetic to their pleas to spend one final moment with a dying Itzcoatl.More »