I SURVIVED A SERIAL KILLER
Woman’s new book details her tale of courage
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.