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Ocampo allegedly stalked victims, planned to frame friend in murder/suicide plot

Homeless Homicides

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Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo (Photo courtesy of Anaheim Police Department)

Details revealed in the grand jury transcript of accused homeless killer Itzcoatl "Izzy'" Ocampo continue to startle, with new information about the 23-year-old ex-Marine, the manner in which he allegedly stalked his victims, and the plans he had, detectives say, to kill his friend and frame him in a murder/suicide plot.

According to transcripts made public in Orange County Superior Court this week, Ocampo told police he intended to kill former friend Eder Herrera and make it appear as if the man murdered his own family and then committed suicide, the OC Register reported.

Herrera, who was initially charged with killing his mother and brother, left the house on the night of the attacks, forcing a change to the "suicide" part of Ocampo's setup sceme.

Ocampo went through with the Herrera family murders anyway, allegedly killling Eder's mother, 54-year-old Raquel Estrada, and her oldest son Juan Carlos Herrera, who was 34-years-old. Both were stabbed repeatedly in a similar manner to the four homeless men Ocampo is also accused of killing.

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'I knew that I had the killer gene,' accused Ocampo reveals in OC homeless killings case

Homeless Homicides

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Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo (Photo courtesy of Anaheim Police Department)

Scarier than fiction, the grand jury transcript of accused killer Itzcoatl "Izzy'" Ocampo, published Wednesday night by the Orange County Register, reveals hideous details about the murders of four homeless men and two others during a three-month killing rampage.

Ocampo, an Iraq war veteran, was disappointed not to see combat during his six-month tour of duty, and told a detective that killing "had to be done." Detective Daron Wyatt, a lead detective on the serial killer task force who took Ocampo's confession, said that Ocampo felt he needed to kill in order to become a real Marine.

The detective testified that Ocampo "seemed to get excited when he was talking about the actual kill," and he asked him if he was "aroused by the act of killing." According to the transcript, Ocampo questioned what he meant by arousal, but then commented, "my balls felt like they were going to explode, and I knew that I had the killer gene."

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Accused OC homeless killer given 15 seconds with lawyer, does not enter plea

Homeless Homicides

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Anaheim Police Department photo of Itzcoatl Ocampo. The former Marine is accused of killing four homeless men in Orange County.

Itzcoatl Ocampo, the 23-year-old former Marine accused in the brutal serial killing of four homeless men in Orange County, appeared in a cell on Tuesday at a Santa Ana arraignment that lasted less than five minutes before being postponed.

Ocampo's lawyer asked for a continuance, saying he was given only 15 seconds to speak with his client through a food slot, and did not have enough information to enter a plea. Jail officials also had not conducted a psychological evaluation on Ocampo, reports KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez.

"He was curled up in a ball under a blanket in underwear, no shirt, no pants," Longwith said. "He looked like a wet cat — a scared, wet cat. It wasn't much conversation," said Ocampo's lawyer of his brief visit on Tuesday, reports the L.A. Times.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Ruckauckas called Ocampo a "thrill kill" case — a person who kills "to see what it’s like to make those kills and he gets a thrill out of it." He expects Ocampo to plead insanity.

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