FBI: Suspected 'railway killer' could be anywhere
Agents get more than 1,000 tips
June 23, 1999
HOUSTON (CNN) -- The FBI agent heading the national manhunt for alleged serial killer Rafael Resendez-Ramirez said Wednesday the suspect, described as a train-riding drifter with many aliases and disguises, could be anywhere in North America.
"We look at this entire country as an area where he could possibly be as well as Canada and Mexico," FBI task force leader Don Clark told CNN, "so, we are not at all looking in one specific area. We are looking where the leads take us."
Resendez-Ramirez is suspected in a series of vicious killings -- all of them at night, near train tracks -- including two last week in Illinois. He was formally charged Monday with the Illinois killings.
He's also wanted for questioning in six more killings -- five in Texas and one in Kentucky. Of the eight slayings, the first of which was traced back to 1997, at least half have occurred this month. That has led authorities to fear the killing spree has intensified.
"He has been linked to several of these cases because he's been very careless and sloppy," said John Douglas, a retired FBI official who pioneered the investigative method of profiling criminal suspects using information collected about them. "He's left his prints behind at many of these scenes."
Authorities also are looking into the Mexican-born suspect's possible involvement in at least a dozen other killings, FBI sources told CNN.
The FBI added Resendez-Ramirez to its Ten Most Wanted list of suspects Monday. A $125,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest.
The FBI command center in Houston, which is coordinating the investigation, has received more than 1,000 tips in the case.
Forensic psychiatrist Helen Morrison, who has interviewed 57 convicted serial killers, said they all share an inexplicable need to kill.
"It's very similar to an addiction," she told CNN. "Someone who takes a little bit of a drug and likes it, and then takes more of a drug, and then all of a sudden needs more and more and more to get the same effect, physical and emotional."
Manhunt widens in search of suspected 'Railway Killer'
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