Torches and whistles were given to the homeless to help them protect themselves, said Jim Palmer, president of the rescue mission in the county. It encourages the homeless to sleep in a group or, better, in a shelter.
Darryl Bossier, 49, sleeps each night on one of the many benches located in front of the building services of the County in central Santa Ana. “I am a guard dog. I refuse to take anyone,” he says, adding that he sleeps only four hours a night. “Who wants to wake up next to a dead man?”
He said he had heard of the murders a few days ago. But he refuses to go to a shelter because his mobile phone was stolen the last time he stayed.
The authorities have requested assistance from the public to try to find the killer. Investigators identified a suspect through a CCTV camera in the area where the first victim was killed. This is a thin person wearing a hoodie, which seems to lie in the expectation of his victim.
The body of the first victim, a 53 year old man, was found Dec. 21 near the commercial center of Placentia. The second, aged 42, was discovered in a riverbed in Anaheim a week later. A third, 57, succumbed to fatal injuries near the library in Yorba Linda. Two of these murders were committed at night, the third in the late afternoon. The police found no link between the victims, except that they were homeless.