San Francisco: Slasher Suspect Arrested In Attacks On Homeless

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=46WD  San Francisco Chronicle - Wednesday, November 11, 1998

SLASHED SUSPECT ARRESTED IN ATTACKS ON S.F.'S POOR
Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer

The man arrested yesterday in the throat-slashing attacks on San
=46rancisco's homeless allegedly told police he is a 2,000-year-old vampire
who uses the blood of his victims to scrawl an Asian-language character for
death.

Joshua Rudiger, 21, of Oakland, was on probation for wounding a former
friend with a bow and arrow and had been charged last year with stabbing a
homeless man. He was arrested early yesterday after a fourth victim in the
monthlong string of slashing assaults was attacked in Chinatown.

Police said they believe Rudiger killed 48-year-old Shirley Dillahunty on
October 29 in the doorway where she slept on 18th Street in the Mission
District. They also suspect he slashed the throats of two homeless men in a
Nob Hill alley October 16. Both men survived.

``We have physical evidence tying four of these attacks together,'' said
Deputy Chief Richard Holder. At three crime scenes, he said, the attacker
left behind ``an Asian character or symbol.''

Sources said the character was the word ``death'' and that Rudiger claimed
to have written it in blood. Rudiger has another Asian character tattooed
across his chest that refers to childhood or youth, police say.

Holder said Rudiger had ``admitted some guilt to the four incidents,'' but
added, ``We need to corroborate his statements.''

One claim was particularly gruesome, said a source close to the
investigation. ``He said he sucks the blood of the victims after he has cut
their throats.''

But surviving victims did not report the attacker trying to drink their
blood, authorities said. ``It could be delusional,'' one source said.

Regarding Rudiger's claims of being a vampire, a source said, ``His
roommate says he had been watching vampire films, so he may have got it
from that.''

Rudiger was booked on suspicion of murder and assault and was being held
without bail at San Francisco County Jail. He is slated to undergo
psychiatric evaluation today at San Francisco General Hospital, sheriff's
officials said.

Rudiger was arrested at 12:30 a.m. yesterday after a 48-year-old homeless
man fought off an assailant who slashed his throat as he slept on a park
bench near Vinton Court and Quincy Street in Chinatown.

The unidentified man, who is expected to survive, alerted police. Officers
Alane Baca and Gregory Huie spotted Rudiger about two blocks away, at Grant
Avenue and Sacramento Street. He allegedly had a bloody knife in his belt.

``It was pretty good police work by the guys on the street,'' said Captain
John Goldberg of Central Station.

Rudiger has been portrayed in court records as a schizophrenic as well as
suffering from bipolar disorder. He is described as having an ``odd''
appearance and being prone to violent outbursts.

He attempted suicide at age 15, stabbing himself with a samurai sword,
according to court documents. He was then institutionalized at Napa State
Hospital.

``Mr. Rudiger exhibits low frustration tolerance along with the delusional
belief that he is a samurai whose duty it is to `kill all bad people,' ''
according to one evaluation in court records.

``I'm a samurai. I was samurai before I was born, even in another life,''
he told one evaluator, according to court records. ``I'm like a tiger. I'm
OK if you leave me alone, but if you bother me, I strike.''

Court records show that he was arrested in San Francisco for allegedly
stabbing a homeless man in the neck on February 5 last year. The victim was
later arrested on a drug charge, then was killed by another inmate in jail.

``That destroyed that case,'' said John Shanley, spokesman for the district
attorney's office.

Rudiger was arrested again after his former friend was shot with a homemade
bow and arrow on August 3 last year.

Rudiger was originally charged with attempted murder but was convicted of
assault with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury in May and given
three years' probation.

The plea bargain came after Rudiger was found incompetent to stand trial
and was sent to Atascadero State Hospital for evaluation.

By the time he was deemed fit for trial, the victim, Myron Scholes, had
moved to the East Coast and was unwilling to testify, prosecutors said.

``We considered it a good plea in light of the fact we had no victim and no
witnesses,'' Shanley said.

``It's a sad situation,'' he said. ``This case involved a lot of strange
circumstances. We're just pleased the police picked him up before he killed
again.''

Rudiger had been staying for the past week at the Highlander Motel on
MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland, police said, possibly under an assumed
name.

San Francisco police searched Rudiger's first-floor room and interviewed a
roommate, Christopher Brown, 41. Brown declined to speak to reporters.

A next-door neighbor, Pam Johnson, 43, said a man she believed to be
Rudiger kept on making noise in his room while she was trying to watch
Monday Night Football. The man may have been arguing with his roommate and
repeatedly turned his music up loud, she said.

Johnson said the noise made it difficult for her to enjoy the game. ``It
ruined the last quarter,'' she said.

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=46WD  San Francisco Chronicle - Wednesday, November 11, 1998 =20


<paraindent><param>right,left</param>SLASHED SUSPECT ARRESTED IN
ATTACKS ON S.F.'S POOR

Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer

</paraindent> =20

The man arrested yesterday in the throat-slashing attacks on San
=46rancisco's homeless allegedly told police he is a 2,000-year-old
vampire who uses the blood of his victims to scrawl an Asian-language
character for death.=20


Joshua Rudiger, 21, of Oakland, was on probation for wounding a former
friend with a bow and arrow and had been charged last year with
stabbing a homeless man. He was arrested early yesterday after a fourth
victim in the monthlong string of slashing assaults was attacked in
Chinatown.=20


Police said they believe Rudiger killed 48-year-old Shirley Dillahunty
on October 29 in the doorway where she slept on 18th Street in the
Mission District. They also suspect he slashed the throats of two
homeless men in a Nob Hill alley October 16. Both men survived.=20


``We have physical evidence tying four of these attacks together,''
said Deputy Chief Richard Holder. At three crime scenes, he said, the
attacker left behind ``an Asian character or symbol.''=20


Sources said the character was the word ``death'' and that Rudiger
claimed to have written it in blood. Rudiger has another Asian
character tattooed across his chest that refers to childhood or youth,
police say.=20


Holder said Rudiger had ``admitted some guilt to the four incidents,''
but added, ``We need to corroborate his statements.''=20


One claim was particularly gruesome, said a source close to the
investigation. ``He said he sucks the blood of the victims after he has
cut their throats.''=20


But surviving victims did not report the attacker trying to drink their
blood, authorities said. ``It could be delusional,'' one source said.=20


Regarding Rudiger's claims of being a vampire, a source said, ``His
roommate says he had been watching vampire films, so he may have got it
from that.''=20


Rudiger was booked on suspicion of murder and assault and was being
held without bail at San Francisco County Jail. He is slated to undergo
psychiatric evaluation today at San Francisco General Hospital,
sheriff's officials said.=20


Rudiger was arrested at 12:30 a.m. yesterday after a 48-year-old
homeless man fought off an assailant who slashed his throat as he slept
on a park bench near Vinton Court and Quincy Street in Chinatown.=20


The unidentified man, who is expected to survive, alerted police.
Officers Alane Baca and Gregory Huie spotted Rudiger about two blocks
away, at Grant Avenue and Sacramento Street. He allegedly had a bloody
knife in his belt.=20


``It was pretty good police work by the guys on the street,'' said
Captain John Goldberg of Central Station.=20


Rudiger has been portrayed in court records as a schizophrenic as well
as suffering from bipolar disorder. He is described as having an
``odd'' appearance and being prone to violent outbursts.=20


He attempted suicide at age 15, stabbing himself with a samurai sword,
according to court documents. He was then institutionalized at Napa
State Hospital.=20


``Mr. Rudiger exhibits low frustration tolerance along with the
delusional belief that he is a samurai whose duty it is to `kill all
bad people,' '' according to one evaluation in court records.=20


``I'm a samurai. I was samurai before I was born, even in another
life,'' he told one evaluator, according to court records. ``I'm like a
tiger. I'm OK if you leave me alone, but if you bother me, I strike.''



Court records show that he was arrested in San Francisco for allegedly
stabbing a homeless man in the neck on February 5 last year. The victim
was later arrested on a drug charge, then was killed by another inmate
in jail.=20


``That destroyed that case,'' said John Shanley, spokesman for the
district attorney's office.=20


Rudiger was arrested again after his former friend was shot with a
homemade bow and arrow on August 3 last year.=20


Rudiger was originally charged with attempted murder but was convicted
of assault with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury in May and
given three years' probation.=20


The plea bargain came after Rudiger was found incompetent to stand
trial and was sent to Atascadero State Hospital for evaluation.=20


By the time he was deemed fit for trial, the victim, Myron Scholes, had
moved to the East Coast and was unwilling to testify, prosecutors said.



``We considered it a good plea in light of the fact we had no victim
and no witnesses,'' Shanley said.=20


``It's a sad situation,'' he said. ``This case involved a lot of
strange circumstances. We're just pleased the police picked him up
before he killed again.''=20


Rudiger had been staying for the past week at the Highlander Motel on
MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland, police said, possibly under an assumed
name.=20


San Francisco police searched Rudiger's first-floor room and
interviewed a roommate, Christopher Brown, 41. Brown declined to speak
to reporters.=20


A next-door neighbor, Pam Johnson, 43, said a man she believed to be
Rudiger kept on making noise in his room while she was trying to watch
Monday Night Football. The man may have been arguing with his roommate
and repeatedly turned his music up loud, she said.=20


Johnson said the noise made it difficult for her to enjoy the game.
``It ruined the last quarter,'' she said.


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