The Railroad Killer: On the hunt for Angel Maturino Resendiz

HOUSTON, Texas – In the late 1990s, fear and panic swept through railroad towns across the United States. There was a rail-riding serial killer who jumped off trains and then murdered unsuspecting victims near the tracks.

Angel Maturino Resendiz was once America’s most wanted man. The FBI linked him to at least 15 violent murders, including several in and around Houston. His victims include a doctor, a kindergarten teacher, a grandmother, and a pastor and his wife.

Only one woman survived to tell how he changed her life forever. Holly Dunn said: “It was such a normal night. Chris was a great guy. He invited me to go to this party… He came up with the idea of ​​going to the circuits. Chris and I really just wanted to be alone.”

Dunn said she will never forget the night she faced evil. It was 1997 and she was starting a new year at the University of Kentucky. She also had a new boyfriend. The couple had just left a fraternity party and were walking near some railroad tracks.

They thought they were alone, but they weren’t. Dunn said: “That’s when someone comes out from behind an electrical box. It never crosses your mind that this person wants to kill you.”

Fear set in as he began to tie her up. “As I repeat in my mind, he hit Chris several times with a rock. I think I knew. I think I knew he was dead,” Dunn said. Then she described how the attacker turned his attention to her. “He climbs on me and I try to hit him. I try to hit him and he stabs me in the neck. He says, ‘Look how easily I could kill you.’ And so I just stopped.”

The attacker raped and beat Dunn, eventually leaving her for dead. He didn’t know that she had survived. “I mean, I’m all bloody. I have a broken jaw so I can’t even speak. I went to someone’s house to get help,” she said.

An ambulance came and the rest was a blur. She remembered seeing her parents in the hospital. “I looked at my dad and said, ‘Chris is gone, isn’t he?’ He said, ‘Yes. That’s him.'”

Almost two years passed as Dunn wondered who attacked her, who killed Chris and if he would do it again? The answer was yes. “I remember my detective coming to my apartment. He just said, ‘We have a suspect.’”

She eventually learned that her assailant was a Mexican-born drifter who went by the alias Rafael Resendez Ramirez. Dunn told more of what the detective had told her. “He said, ‘He’s going to be on America’s Most Wanted this weekend. I want you to check it out and I want you to see if it’s him.’ I literally have 20 of my friends in my apartment, and I’m like, ‘Okay, we’re going to see America’s Most Wanted. You’re all going to be here with me.’ Then they had footage of him defending himself in court and his voice. They played his voice and I said, “That’s him. 100%” just from his voice. I could tell you from that voice that he is 100%.”

Dunn gave her firstborn the middle name Christopher. Her family has pictures of him, and their children know, “This is Mom’s friend who went to heaven.”

“Chris’ last words to me were ‘everything will be fine.’ It was for me but not for him. He told me. He will always be a part of our lives,” she said.

ABC13 tells the stories of the grieving families in this case and the investigators who found themselves in the middle of a nationwide manhunt for a serial killer. You can watch the latest episode of Texas True Crime, The Railroad Killer, above or wherever you stream ABC13.

Watch ABC13 Originals, including Texas True Crime, on your favorite streaming devices like Roku, FireTV, AppleTV and GoogleTV. Just search for “ABC13 Houston”. The Railroad Killer: On the hunt for Angel Maturino Resendiz

Dais Johnston

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