|4 Jun 1964, Chicago
|1986 – 1996
|23 Apr 1997
|3 Death Sentences, 2 commuted to life, 1 under review
Between 1982 & 1992 Urdiales was a marine stationed at Camp Pendleton in California.
In January 1986 he stalked and killed 23-year-old student Robbin Bradley by stabbing her 41 times. Two years later he shot 29-year-old sex worker, Julie McGhee dumping her body in a ditch. Two months later he killed 31-year-old sex worker, Mary Ann Wells. His fourth victim was 18-year-old Tammy Erwin.
Urdiales was honourably discharged from the Marines in 1991. He persuaded a woman to get in his car when he drove her to the desert and raped her. She escaped from the boot of his car and reported the matter to police but was not taken seriously.
Three years later he shot 32-year-old sex worker Denise Maney in the desert.
Urdiales worked as a security guard in a Chigaco mall. In April 1996 he murdered Laura Ulyaki after crossing the Illinois border into Bloomington Indiana. In July 1996 police found the body of another victim, Cassandra Corum in the Vermillion River Mountains. The body of his last victim, Lyn Huber, was found in Wolf Lake in August 1996.
Urdiales was arrested in December 1996 but only due to not having sufficient weapon licensing. He paid a fine and was released. In April 1997 he attempted to murder another sex worker but she escaped from his vehicle. Days later police wanted to check his gun in relation to the murder enquiries. While tests were being undertaken on the gun, Urdiales made a full confession to all the murder cases.
Tests on the gun showed it was used in three of the murders.
Urdiales was sentenced to death for the murders of Huber and Ulyaki however, the state governor of Illinois removed the death sentence of 167 Illinois prisoners and commuted them to life imprisonment.
Urdiales was tried in 2004 for the Corum case and was again sentenced to death. This was commuted to life when Illinois abolished the death penalty in 2011.
In May 2018, Urdiales was found guilty of the 5 earlier murders in California between 1986 and 1995. The jury recommended the death penalty and a judge is due to rule on that in August 2018.