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Herbert Mullin
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    (April 18, 1947- )
    Born in Salinas, California
    Killed thirteen people in and around Santa Cruz, California (October 13, 1972-Febrtuary 13, 1973)
    Convicted on two counts of first degree murder and eight counts of second degree murder (August 19, 1973)
    Sentenced to life imprisonment
    FBI profiler Robert Ressler said he was a paranoid schizophrenic, with the symptoms accelerated by his use of drugs.
    He repeatedly checked himself in and out of mental hospitals.
    Based on what voices in his head told him to do, he would shave his head, burn himself with cigarettes and ask his sister for sex.
    When she refused, he propositioned her husband instead.
    He had 'Legalize Acid' tattooed on his stomach.
    After his first two murders, he decided to go to confessional, then bludgeoned and stabbed the priest to death.
    He stopped using drugs, concluded they were ruining his life, and decided to shoot the high school friend who had first sold him marijuana.
    After that, he shot the woman who had given him his friend's current address (and her two kids), which later undermined his 'not guilty by reason of insanity' plea, since he eliminated a witness who could tie him to the murder.
    He admitted on the stand that he ignored the voices in his head when they told him to kill himself.
    He so far (as of 2015) has not expressed remorse at any of his parole hearings.
    He was voted 'most likely to succeed' in high school.
    His slide into insanity began after his best friend was killed in a car crash.
    In the middle of his killing spree, he tried to join the Marines and managed to pass the psychiatric test. (Although they turned him down anyway, for having drug possession convictions.)
    He claimed his murders were human sacrifices necessary to prevent an earthquake from destroying California.
    No quakes occurred during his killing spree, so presumably it worked.

Credit: C. Fishel

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