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=46WD  San Francisco Examiner - Dec. 1, 1998 - Page A 7

"VAMPIRE" PLEADS NOT GUILTY
CHARGED IN MURDER, SERIES OF SLASHINGS

Jim Herron Zamora of the Examiner Staff


       A self-proclaimed vampire pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that
he murdered a homeless woman and slashed three other people.

       Joshua Rudiger, 21, entered his plea Tuesday in San Francisco
Municipal Court to 10 felony charges stemming from four separate knifing
attacks on four homeless people in San Francisco.

       Rudiger is accused of killing Shirley Dillahunty, 48, whose throat
was slashed as she slept on a Mission District sidewalk on Oct. 29. He is
also accused of three counts of attempted murder and six counts of felony
assault in connection with three earlier attacks on homeless men in
Chinatown.

       Rudiger was arrested early Nov. 11 for allegedly slashing the throat
of Phat Sin as he slept in an alley in Chinatown. Police said Rudiger then
admitted to the Dillahunty and Sin cases as well as the stabbings of Willie
Jackson and Robert Kurtz on Oct. 16. In a police interview, Rudiger
allegedly claimed he was a 2,000-year-old vampire.

       Rudiger's attorney, William Maas, said he was reviewing all police
reports to determine if his client's arrest and questioning were within the
law. Maas did not address the issue of his client's mental status. Court
records show that Rudiger has a long history of mental disorders.

       Maas would only say after the court appearance that his client
"should be thoroughly examined and checked out."

       Court documents portray Rudiger as a schizophrenic with bipolar
disorder. Records also show he has a history of unprovoked attacks on
people. Rudiger spent several months last year in Atascadero State Hospital
in connection with a bow-and-arrow attack on a former friend.

       When he was 15, Rudiger was sent to Napa State Hospital after
attempting suicide with a samurai sword, records show.

       Municipal Court Judge Wallace Douglass ordered Rudiger to appear in
court Feb. 5 to set a date for a preliminary hearing.

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CHARGED IN MURDER, SERIES OF SLASHINGS


Jim Herron Zamora of the Examiner Staff

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       A self-proclaimed vampire pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges
that he murdered a homeless woman and slashed three other people.=20


       Joshua Rudiger, 21, entered his plea Tuesday in San Francisco
Municipal Court to 10 felony charges stemming from four separate
knifing attacks on four homeless people in San Francisco.=20


       Rudiger is accused of killing Shirley Dillahunty, 48, whose
throat was slashed as she slept on a Mission District sidewalk on Oct.
29. He is also accused of three counts of attempted murder and six
counts of felony assault in connection with three earlier attacks on
homeless men in Chinatown.=20


       Rudiger was arrested early Nov. 11 for allegedly slashing the
throat of Phat Sin as he slept in an alley in Chinatown. Police said
Rudiger then admitted to the Dillahunty and Sin cases as well as the
stabbings of Willie Jackson and Robert Kurtz on Oct. 16. In a police
interview, Rudiger allegedly claimed he was a 2,000-year-old vampire.=20


       Rudiger's attorney, William Maas, said he was reviewing all
police reports to determine if his client's arrest and questioning were
within the law. Maas did not address the issue of his client's mental
status. Court records show that Rudiger has a long history of mental
disorders.=20


       Maas would only say after the court appearance that his client
"should be thoroughly examined and checked out."=20


       Court documents portray Rudiger as a schizophrenic with bipolar
disorder. Records also show he has a history of unprovoked attacks on
people. Rudiger spent several months last year in Atascadero State
Hospital in connection with a bow-and-arrow attack on a former friend.



       When he was 15, Rudiger was sent to Napa State Hospital after
attempting suicide with a samurai sword, records show.=20


       Municipal Court Judge Wallace Douglass ordered Rudiger to appear
in court Feb. 5 to set a date for a preliminary hearing.


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