|Name: Joshua Rudiger
Born – 1966 / Died – ****
Number of victims: 1
Don`t be fooled by the seemingly low number of victims in this case! In truth, Joshua Rudiger was claiming to be a 2000 year old vampire and terrorized the city of San Francisco in 1998.
He was roaming around the streets virtually hunting down homeless people and slashing their throats with a knife. He wounded 4 people [3 men and 1 woman] and Shirley Dillahunty later died due to her severe loss of blood.
During his trial it came to light that he was under the delusion that he needed to drink human blood. Since he identified himself as a vampire he considered his victims mere humans and while he was interrogated he told police that “prey is prey”
As you would expect it was discovered that the then 32 year old Joshua was a very sick young man. He had claimed to be a ninja warrior and tried to commit suicide in the past.
In addition to his multiple personality disorder [supposedly diagnosed at a very early age] he had a sad childhood being in and out of foster homes and various psychiatric hospitals.
Once out of the system he attacked a friend and got evaluated as having schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Amazingly he was still allowed to leave despite having told the therapist that he is a vampire and wants to drain all the people around him.
The attorney originally entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity and tried to get him committed to a mental institution, however the judge had little sympathy for the accused and a jury deemed him legally sane at the time that he committed the attacks.
What convinced them was the fact that he had an extensive collection of knives that he even named.
Joshua Rudiger is currently serving a 23 years term for the murder of Shirley Dillahunty and the assaults on the other 3 men.
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