SF Homeless-Slasher: suspect nabbed on suspicion of murder FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Wed, 11 Nov 1998 03:39:33 -0400


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SUSPECT NABBED IN CALIF. SLASHINGS

By Jordan Lite
Associated Press Writer

Wednesday, November 11, 1998


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- After hearing complaints that they weren't responding
aggressively enough to a series of attacks on homeless people, police
arrested a man who reportedly considers himself a vampire with a bloody
knife in his pocket.

The latest slashing victim was found staggering near Chinatown on Tuesday,
shortly before Joshua Rudiger, 21, was arrested.

Police believe Rudiger cut the throats of four homeless people, killing
one, over the last three weeks. A police source told KCBS Radio that
Rudiger thinks he is a vampire.

Rudiger was arrested on suspicion of murder, but had not been formally
charged with any of the attacks Tuesday.

Before the arrest, homeless advocates complained police were not treating
the attacks as seriously as they should have.

``If a rash of tourists were stabbed over several days, there'd be a major
response,'' said Paul Boden, head of the nonprofit Coalition on
Homelessness.

Police Chief Fred Lau called the charge ``absolutely untrue.''

Asian characters or symbols were written in red liquid at three of the four
crime scenes. Police had not determined if the symbols were written in
blood or what they meant.

In the first attack, on Oct. 16, a sleeping man had his throat cut. Hours
later, a homeless man approached police and told them a man had come up to
him and slashed his throat without warning. Both are recovering.

Shirley Dillahunty, 48, died after she was slashed Oct. 29. The latest
victim was in stable condition.

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SLASHINGS


By Jordan Lite

Associated Press Writer


Wednesday, November 11, 1998

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- After hearing complaints that they weren't
responding aggressively enough to a series of attacks on homeless
people, police arrested a man who reportedly considers himself a
vampire with a bloody knife in his pocket. 


The latest slashing victim was found staggering near Chinatown on
Tuesday, shortly before Joshua Rudiger, 21, was arrested. 


Police believe Rudiger cut the throats of four homeless people, killing
one, over the last three weeks. A police source told KCBS Radio that
Rudiger thinks he is a vampire. 


Rudiger was arrested on suspicion of murder, but had not been formally
charged with any of the attacks Tuesday. 


Before the arrest, homeless advocates complained police were not
treating the attacks as seriously as they should have. 


``If a rash of tourists were stabbed over several days, there'd be a
major response,'' said Paul Boden, head of the nonprofit Coalition on
Homelessness. 


Police Chief Fred Lau called the charge ``absolutely untrue.'' 


Asian characters or symbols were written in red liquid at three of the
four crime scenes. Police had not determined if the symbols were
written in blood or what they meant. 


In the first attack, on Oct. 16, a sleeping man had his throat cut.
Hours later, a homeless man approached police and told them a man had
come up to him and slashed his throat without warning. Both are
recovering. 


Shirley Dillahunty, 48, died after she was slashed Oct. 29. The latest
victim was in stable condition.


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