Death Rides the Rails

A serial killer is at work along the tracks, shocking all of Texas with the brutality of his attacks

His most sinister visible feature is the tattooed snake that creeps up his left forearm. But the uncapturable horror of the alleged serial killer Rafael Resendez-Ramirez is his rage. Investigators shy away from discussing the "commonalities" among his victims--at least five of them, perhaps more, over the past seven months. But they obliquely refer to the way his victims are beaten to death by blunt instruments, which can include brutal blows by the killer's hands and feet. Says Mike Cox, spokesman for the department of public safety in Texas: "It takes a lot of rage to beat someone to death if...

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