Woman’s new book de­tails her tale of courage

24 Hours Vancouver - - NEWS - BRAD HUNTER

An­gel Re­sendiz was a mon­strous ma­raud­ing se­rial killer from cen­tral cast­ing.

Criss-cross­ing Amer­ica on freight trains, wher­ever Re­sendiz went, blood­shed and tears had a first-class ticket.

Lonely rai­l­yards from Texas to Ken­tucky were his de­mented hunt­ing ground.

And by the time he got the nee­dle on June 27, 2006, at the Huntsville Unit — the end of the line for the worst of the worst in the Lone Star State — he had mur­dered at least 15 peo­ple.

He shanked, blud­geoned and used rocks to com­mit his vile deeds. Some­times he raped. One woman sur­vived to tell the tale.

Holly Dunn — a univer­sity stu­dent at the time — has writ­ten a new book, Sole Sur­vivor, de­tail­ing her hor­rific or­deal at the hands of Re­sendiz.

I in­ter­viewed Holly for a Bri­tish news­pa­per about 10 years ago. She was tough, funny and very sweet.

In the sum­mer of 1997, she had a new beau, Chris Maier.

The two Ken­tucky univer­sity stu­dents had only been dat­ing a few months but were “in­sep­a­ra­ble.”

The duo had been at a dull party and de­cided to go for a walk along some rail­way tracks in Lex­ing­ton.

“We saw a scruffy-look­ing man stand­ing on the tracks, he asked in a heavy Span­ish ac­cent, ‘Have you got some money?,’ ” she told me, adding that when they said ‘No,’ the man freaked.

He was Re­sendiz.

The Mex­i­can-born ma­niac tied the two up.

“Chris yelled at him, ‘Please don’t hurt my girl­friend,’ ” Dunn said. “Then in­stinct took over ... shak­ing vi­o­lently, I picked at the belt around my hands. Amaz­ingly, I un­tied it.” 39-year-old

But as she tried to help her boyfriend, Re­sendiz caught them and bashed the 21-yearold’s head in with a rock.

“Chris fell to the ground mak­ing a hor­ri­ble gur­gling sound. Blood was pour­ing from his head,” Dunn said.

The ter­ri­fied co-ed had lit­tle time to think about her mor­tally wounded boyfriend: she feared Re­sendiz would kill her next.

It was rape that was on the sin­is­ter killer’s mind.

“He said to me, ‘Never mind him, he’s gone se­niorita’ ... He was go­ing to rape me,” she told me, adding that she de­cided against fight­ing.

Af­ter Re­sendiz was done, he stabbed Dunn with a pick axe.

“Look how eas­ily I could kill you too,” he sneered.

Then he hit her over the head with a board and caught a freight out of town.

Woozy and in pain, Dunn stag­gered to a nearby house where she called the cops.

She had a bro­ken jaw, a smashed eye socket and a slew of gashes that cov­ered her face. Maier would not be so lucky. “It felt as though my heart was break­ing. I felt so guilty to be alive when Chris was gone,” she told me. “I just couldn’t save him.”

Dunn tried to put her life back to­gether but two years later the cops were at her door.

Re­sendiz had turned him­self in. Cops had him fin­gered in 14 homi­cides in the U.S. south­west. Would she tes­tify? “See­ing him again in per­son was prob­a­bly more ter­ri­fy­ing than the at­tack it­self, and when I had to point him out to the jury I fell apart com­pletely,” Dunn said, adding that she was sob­bing and shak­ing

Ver­dict? Re­sendiz was go­ing to the big adios.

He begged for for­give­ness and got not an iota.

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