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Woman killed, man dismembered in bizarre Orange County double slaying

For several days now, Costa Mesa police have been looking for an Orange Coast College student whom they consider a suspect in the slaying of a woman found dead at his apartment last weekend.

But on Thursday night, authorities found the suspect, Samuel Herr, dead at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. Herr had been dismembered in an apparent attempt to hide his body.

On Friday, Costa Mesa police identified another man, Daniel Wozniak of Costa Mesa, as the suspect in the killing of both the woman and Herr.

Authorities allege that Wozniak, 27, killed Herr on May 21. He removed Herr’s head, left arm and right hand and discarded them at El Dorado Park in Long Beach, police told the Daily Pilot.

Police allege that Wozniak used Herr’s cellphone to lure Julie Kibuishi, 23, of Irvine to Herr’s Costa Mesa apartment across the street from Orange Coast College. There, he shot her in the head and staged it as a possible sexual assault, police said. Officers initially thought Herr was the killer because they could not find him in the days after Kibuishi was found dead in his bedroom.

Detectives monitoring Herr’s financial activity discovered someone accessed his account through an ATM. When police contacted the person using Herr’s card, a 17-year-old boy, the boy told police he was taking out money for Wozniak.

Wozniak was arrested in Huntington Beach on Wednesday night.

Read the full story here.

-- Joseph Serna

Photo: Samuel Herr. Credit: Daily Pilot

Comments () | Archives (25)

where are all the racist comments on this one???

So Sad!!!

Thanks good there is not mexicans involved in this crime, the list of racist comments would be so long...by the way, maybe the mexicans are responsible of these one too. who knows?

white people do the darnest things.. wow!!! removed his head???... now thats insane!!!!!

this guy had to be an ILLEGAL!

Lidia - There is good and bad in any race. Unfortunately some gang members seem to contribute to more of this idiocy than others.

"where are all the racist comments on this one??? - Lidia"

Sorry just read this article.

Minorities kill each other for stupid reasons.

White folk not only kill you, they might also do one of the following...dismember, cook & eat, wear your skin, go on a killing spree if they were made fun of, fired from a job, or because the voices told them to.

feel free to add to the list. :)~

So who is that in the picture? Why no caption? There's no way to tell if it's the victim or the perpetrator.

How many Pollock' s does it take to murder two white people........one
Happy Lidia?

White people are ALWAYS chopping each other up!

It's a wonder how the streets of places like Irvine, and Mission Viejo are not covered in blood...

Wow!! You're right Lidia,
No one is saying anything because they are white. Surprise, Surprise I guess White people are not that different from hispanics....

No need to lose your head over it!


Nobody will comment on this one WHY? hoo his not Hispanic

Agrees with Lidia

I know right. Yah know the police kind of did a good job finding him so fast but it its always a jump to conclusions when they assume someone being a killer when that suspect was in fact a victim. Crazy turn of events

Why are you making it about you Lidia? Crazy is crazy! I am just thankful he has been caught!

is he an illegal immigrant??

My son goes to school on the base with "Sunburst Youth Ad"

I believe you just made one lidia.

If Herr wasn't found dead until Thursday, then why was Wozniak arrested on Wednesday? When did the kid use the ATM card? Was that what prompted the police to seek out Wozniak? How did the know to charge him if they didn't find Herr's body until Thursday? This is all very confusing.

Lidia,your a race-baiting troglodyte! Don't you have a Senators Office to be conducting a sit-in at?

When white men kill they really go for it, don't they?

You see, black guys shoot a dude and that's that. But see, white guys, they gotta take off the head and the feet and the toes!

Man, I'm like the Chris Rock of blogs.

Looks like your the first to make one lidia.

Check his green card!

@Lidia: exactly, I was thinking the same thing. There are rarely racist comments when the suspects are white (which is so often)and the media actually SHOWS a photo of a white suspect (even more rare). The racists, hiding behind their computer mouses and usernames, stick their heads in the ignorant, self-loathing shells (like a turtle) with articles re white suspects.


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