Father Of Calif. Killings Suspect Is Also Homeless

By Salon Staff

Published January 16, 2012 8:27PM (EST)

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Just months after he was deployed to Iraq in 2008, a Marine veteran now suspected in the deaths of four homeless men in Southern California sent his family a short, upbeat video greeting.

In the video, which is mostly in Spanish, Itzcoatl Ocampo wishes his father a happy Father's Day and reads an excerpt from Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" to his then 10-year-old sister.

According to friends and family, a much darker Ocampo returned home after he was discharged in 2010. His parents separated, and his father eventually went homeless.

Ocampo is now awaiting charges in the serial killings of four homeless men since late December. He was arrested Jan. 13 after a homeless man was stabbed to death and bystanders gave chase.

Salon Staff

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