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Andrew Urdiales

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If someone ever met Andrew Urdiales he would be the type that one would forget. He is not very outgoing and would keep to himself, during his childhood he did not have many friends and was an average student. Urdiales was a marine stationed in Southern California when he committed his first murder killing Robbin Brandley a twenty-three year old college student. From July 1988 to August 1996 Urdiales would go on to kill seven more women. Most serial killers kill each victim similar to all the other victims, Urdiales was different though his first murder he stabbed the victim to death while his last he shot in the head.
Urdiales was born on June 4th 1965 to Alfred and Margaret Urdiales both parents have history of mental illness in their family. In the Cassandra Corum trial he claimed he was abused and neglected by his parents and molested by his sister. When he was a teenager he killed the family dog and somehow was able to get the family to believe the dog died from falling. Throughout his school years and especially through high school he was known as a loner. He was a social outcast and told a fellow school member at a graduation reunion that he killed two prostitutes in California. After high school Urdiales went on to join the Marines. Most people join the military to support their country or for schooling, but not Urdiales it seemed as if the only reason he joined was so that he could learn how to kill. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton near San Diego.
Urdiales first victim was Robbin Brantley who he killed on the night of January 18, 1984 Robbin was walking to her car after a school concert. Urdiales could have chosen anyone but he picked Brantley and approached her from behind and began stabbing her. An autopsy...

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...en charged with the murders of Robbin Brandley, Julie McGhee, Mary Ann Wells, Tammie Erwin, and Denise Maney.
Andrew Urdiales killed eight women in a span of eight years. He got two breaks in Illinois by not getting the death penalty. Hopefully in California he is not as lucky.

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