Texas town breathes sigh of relief after suspect's arrest
July 14, 1999
From CNN's Tony Clark
Weimar, Texas (CNN) -- Residents of this small Texas town gave thanks Wednesday night for the arrest of Angel Maturino Resendez, the "railway killings" suspect formerly known as Rafael Resendez-Ramirez.
Weimar residents had been living in constant fear since early May, when the Rev. Norman Sirnic and his wife were found beaten to death in their Weimar home.
Soon after, 73-year-old Josephine Konvicka was slain just miles away.
"I was scared. I was sleeping with one eye closed and one open," said Weimar resident Charlie Smith.
Allen Barta said, "Everytime the train came through, you had it on your mind that he (the railway killer) might be on that train."
With trains running through the middle of town 28 times a day, concerned Weimar residents started buying guns and keeping a watch out for strangers.
The city even offered rebates on electric bills and encouraged residents to keep their outside lights on at night for security.
"We've all put new locks on our doors ... put in security systems... essentially our little town has lost its innocence," said resident Linda Rabel.
Officials hoped Wednesday's arrest would mark the first steps toward returning the community to its former self. But for many, life in Weimar changed forever last May.
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