Railway Murders

The Railway Murders were a series of murders that occurred across the United States.  The known and suspected killings took place from the 1997 to 1999; although the series of a variety crimes committed by the perpetrator in the United States dates back to 1976 according to criminal records. 

The serial killer was linked to several murders, based on forensic evidence such as fingerprints and DNA, and his own confessions.  He was convicted of the 1998 murder of woman.  In relation to the crime he was executed in the State of Texas in 2006.

victims of the railway murders

This serial killer was suspected or confessed to twelve murders in nine attacks throughout several states.  There was one survivor who witnessed the murder of her boyfriend.  Today, she tells her story and acts as an  advocate for other victims of violence. 

Serial Killer of the Railway Murders        

The convicted man was originally suspected in seven or more murders that occurred in several states across the nation.  The crimes were committed close to railroad tracks, which explain the nicknames that are attributed to him, The Railroad, Railway or Railcar Killer.  In addition to the crimes that he was suspected of, the admitted murderer confessed of being responsible for many more murders in the United States and Mexico.  

Photo Credit: The Official FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List

The serial killer, during the national hunt, was known as Rafael Resendez-Ramirez as was listed on the FBI's Most Wanted list.  He used many aliases including Ángel Maturino Reséndiz, Ángel Reyes Reséndiz, and his birth given name Ángel Leoncio Reyes Recendis.

The offender was from Mexico and entered the United States illegally on many occasions.  He was deported back to Mexico several times.   His criminal tendencies reeked havoc on Americans who he encountered.   Resendez-Ramirez is known as a train-hopper who traveled by train and committed crimes in locations near the railroads. 

His criminal history in the states dates back to the mid-70s; although it has been said that he didn't have a criminal history in his home country of Mexico.  The crimes Resendez-Ramirez was involved in while in the United States illegally include trespassing, destroying personal property, burglary, assault, entering the US with false documents, possession of a concealed weapon, driving a stolen vehicle, and murder.  Some of his victims were raped or sexually assaulted. His chosen method of murder was using weapons of convenience, like rocks, bricks, sledgehammers, knives, or pick axes.

The Railway Killer was convicted of only one murder and received the maximum sentence, the death penalty.  In addition to the previously named victims, the convicted killer confessed to several more murders including transients and unidentified persons as victims in both the United States and Mexico.  

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