Investigators say Andrew Urdiales was smarter than your average serial killer. Between 1986 and 1996, his killing spree spanned from Illinois to California. In that time, he attacked and tortured nine women, with no witneses and no evidence left behind. Only one woman, Jennifer Asbenson, survived.
It wasn't until 1996 when police tied the cases to Urdiales, who confessed in great detail to the eight murders and the attack on Asbenson.
July 17, 1988 : Julie McGhee is killed in Cathedral City, Palm Springs, Calif. A cartridge casing is found at the scene.
"She had been picked up in Palm Springs, taken out to this area of town that's pretty much abandoned... and [was] shot and killed," says Palm Springs Lt. John Booth. "He left virtually no evidence behind."
Sept. 25, 1988: At approximately 10 p.m. Mary Ann Wells leaves for a "date" with Urdiales in San Diego. She is later killed and her body found in a downtown alley. A cartridge casing is found at the scene.
Sept. 27, 1992: Jennifer Asbenson, 19, meets Andrew Urdiales when he offers her a ride to work.
Sept. 28, 1992: Urdiales waits for Jennifer at about 6 a.m. when she gets off of work, and offers her a ride home. He kidnaps her, drives her out to the desert, rapes her, bundles her in his trunk and drives off (presumably in an attempt to find a place to kill her), when she manages to escape. The incident is reported to police, who do not take her seriously.
Urdiales later confesses to the attack. Five years later, during his trial, Jennifer confronts her attacker him in court.
July 14, 1996: At approximately 8:46 p.m., the Livingston County Sheriff's Dept. receives a call that a woman has been found floating the Vermillion River. Detectives responding to the scene find Cassandra Corum dead. She had been shot in the head.