Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

GUILTY: LONDON SERIAL KILLER; Four Murders in Three-Day Rampage

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

GUILTY: LONDON SERIAL KILLER; Four Murders in Three-Day Rampage

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

A MAN who murdered two men and two women to emulate his horror film hero Freddy Krueger is today facing a lifetime behind bars.

Daniel Gonzales, 25, will be sentenced tomorrow after a jury rejected his claim that madness had driven him to kill.

He had pleaded not guilty to murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility, insisting that voices in his head had told him to kill. But it took the jury only one hour to unanimously find him guilty of four counts of murder.

Gonzales, of Woking, attacked at random, either knifing people in the street or breaking into their homes to carry out savage attacks. High on drink and drugs, he struck in Tottenham, Highgate Hill, Hornsey, Southwick in West Sussex and Hilsea in Hampshire.

He deliberately picked on the vulnerable and elderly and had hoped to get his murder tally into double figures.

Two people survived the attacks, which were carried out over three days in 2004. He pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder.

Police said he was "a clever and manipulative man who didn't want to accept responsibility for what he had done". But his family said he was a paranoid schizophrenic who had been failed by the mental health system - and who had begged months before the murder spree to be given medical help, while his mother had written to social workers saying: "Does my son have to commit murder to get help?"

And mental health campaigners called for action to prevent a repeat of the "blunders" they say left him free to kill. Outside court, Detective Chief Inspector Dave Cobb, who led the investigation into the murders, said: "He wanted to be remembered as a famous serial killer but I hope he will be forgotten and we will remember his victims and the families who survived. …

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