During the fall of 2011 and winter of 2012, Itzcoatl “Izzy” Ocampo terrified the homeless community of Orange County, California. He viciously stabbed to death four homeless men between the ages of 42 and 64.
He stalked his victims, lying in wait until they went to sleep. After the men bedded down for night, Ocampo pounced, using a wicked seven inch knife to stab them to death. All of his victims received multiple stab wounds.
Ocampo, a former marine, was discharged honorably in 2010. Ocampo told police that he had joined the Marines so that he could kill people. Deployed to Iraq, he was disappointed to find that he’d been assigned to drive a water and dirt truck on base. He felt that he needed to kill to be a real marine.
Deprived of his need to kill people while he was overseas, Ocampo was determined to do some killing back home. He preyed on the homeless because they were vulnerable and accessible. Ironically, Ocampo’s own father is homeless, living in the cab of an old big rig.
Ocampo’s cockiness was his ultimate undoing: He decided to attack the hapless John Berry, age 64, in broad daylight, and in full view of passers-by. Witnesses saw him leap on the older man from behind, savagely stabbing him. Unfortunately for Berry, his wounds were fatal, but bystanders were able to get a good look at his killer. They were able to give a good description to police, and when Ocampo returned to the scene to retrieve his knife, they arrested him.