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Grand jury: Ocampo said he joined Marines to become a killer

March 14, 2012 |  8:24 pm

Accused killer of homeless men

The former Marine accused of killing four homeless men and two family friends told a police detective after his arrest that he joined the service to learn how to become a killer, according to a grand jury transcript.

But during a six-month stint in Iraq, Itzcoatl Ocampo saw no combat and became a “truck driver” instead, the Orange County Register reported, citing the grand jury transcript.

Ocampo was indicted by the grand jury last month for killing four homeless men in a string of slayings that started before Christmas and stretched into the new year. He is also accused of killing the mother and brother of a onetime friend in Yorba Linda.

PHOTOS: O.C. homeless slayings

The 23-year-old allegedly confessed to Anaheim police after he was chased down and arrested following the stabbing death of a homeless man outside a fast-food restaurant.

Anaheim police Det. Daron Wyatt said Ocampo told him he intended to continue the killing rampage and hoped to eventually claim 16 victims, the same as Charles Whitman, the University of Texas student who shot and killed 16 people on campus in a 1960s-era attack, the Register reported, quoting the transcripts. Whitman was also a former Marine.

Wyatt testified during the grand jury hearings that Ocampo told him that before each attack, "He would look at Penthouse magazine to pump himself up," and that he had studied human anatomy to determine the easiest and best way to kill people, the paper reported.

"He seemed to get excited when he was talking about the actual kill," Wyatt testified.

Ocampo, he said, told him he had “the killer gene.”


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-- Steve Marble in Orange County

Photo: Iztcoatl Ocampo in Superior Court in Santa Ana after his indictment in February. Credit: Bruce Chambers / pool photo.