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Angel Maturino RESENDIZ






A.K.A.: "Railroad Killer"
Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Rape - Robbery
Number of victims: 15
Date of murders: 1986-1999
Date of arrest: July 13, 1999 (surrenders)
Date of birth: August 1, 1960
Victims profile: Men and women
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife - Beating
Location: Texas/Illinois/Florida/Kentucky/California/Georgia, USA
Status: Executed by lethal injection in Texas on June 27, 2006
Angel Maturino Resendiz

Known victims


Christopher Maier

Aug. 29, 1997
Christopher Maier, a 21-year-old junior at the University of Kentucky, killed as he and his 23-year-old girlfriend, were taking a shortcut from one party to another. The two were walking along some railroad tracks when they were assaulted.

Christopher Maier's girlfriend, the only person to have survived an attack by Maturino Resendiz described in detail how she was raped, beaten and left to die along railroad tracks in Lexington, Ky., after he killed her boyfriend.

The 23-year-old victim was the last witness to testify for the prosecution during the sentencing phase of Maturino Resendiz's capital murder trial.

The victim said Maturino Resendiz bound and gag her and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Christopher Maier, on Aug. 29, 1997, as the two were returning from a fraternity party at the University of Kentucky. An armed Maturino Resendiz approached the couple and demanded money. When he could not find any, he tied the couple with clothing and her belt, and struck Maier repeatedly in the head with a rock, she said.

"He went over to [Maier] and came back and said he's gone. You don't have to worry about him anymore," the victim said.

The victim said Maturino Resendiz then raped her and left her. Even with a broken eye socket and jaw, she was able to walk to a nearby home, where a man cut her gag off and called for help. She also had a stab wound to the neck and cuts on her head and face, she said.


Leafie Mason

October 2, 1998
Leafie Mason, 87, of Hughes Springs, Texas.


Claudia Benton

Dec. 17, 1998
Houston-area Claudia Benton 39, found sexually assaulted, stabbed and beaten to death inside her West University Place, Texas, home near railroad tracks. Her vehicle was later found abandoned in San Antonio. One of Resendez's fingerprints was found in the car.

Note: George Benton, Claudia's husband, said, "It's been hard. There's nothing harder I can do in life than tell my daughters their mother's been murdered."

Maturino Resendiz had admitted to brutally killing and raping the Houston-area geneticist in her upstairs bedroom in 1998. Strong DNA and fingerprint evidence linked the rail-riding killer to the case.

The coroner who performed the autopsy on Benton testified that the victim died of stab wounds and blunt trauma.

"There were three stab wounds from the back that went through the front of" Benton's body, Harris County Medical Examiner Dr. Joye Carter said. She said the stabs were so forceful, they broke several of Benton's ribs and collapsed her lungs. Her body was bruised and two bones in her right forearm also were broken, apparently while fighting off her attacker.

Crime scene photographs showed a bloody butcher's knife near Benton's body and Carter identified a statuette that she said likely was used to hit Benton in the head 19 times, repeatedly fracturing her skull.


Norman and Karen Sirnic

May 2, 1999
Weimar minister Norman J. Sirnic, 46, and his wife Karen Sirnic, 47, they were found beaten to death with a 12-pound sledgehammer in the parsonage behind the Weimar United Church of Christ in Colorado County when they did not show up for services May 2.

About three weeks later, investigators said evidence found in the Sirnics' home linked Resendez-Ramirez to the Benton case.

The Sirnics' stolen pickup truck was found May 28 by police in San Antonio.


Josephine Konvicka

June 4, 1999
Josephine Konvicka, 73, found slain inside her Fayette County home, about three miles from the Sirnics.


Noemi Dominguez

June 5, 1999
Noemi Dominguez, 26-year-old Houston schoolteacher, found beaten to death in her home.

She died from a blow to the head, and her white 1993 Honda Civic with license number JJH 57N was stolen.


George Morber and Carolyn Frederick

June 15, 1999
Bodies of George Morber, 80, and his daughter, Carolyn Frederick, 51, discovered slain at their home in Gorham, Ill. The house is 100 yards from a railroad track. The victims were found by Frederick's husband.

"I saw her feet [protruding from blankets]," Frederick testified in court. "I took my right hand and hit the wall to try to get some arousal. Then I ran back and called the Jackson County sheriff."

Frederick had gotten a brief glimpse at his wife, a mother of three who cleaned for her retired parents each week. She was killed after Maturino Resendiz attacked her at the front door. Donald Frederick never saw his father-in-law's body. George Morber was tied to a chair with a telephone cord and shot in the back of the head with his own shotgun.

Fingerprint and hair samples matching Maturino Resendiz link him to the crime, investigators testified.



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