Serial Killer Stalking California Homeless
Three killed in 10 days in Orange County
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2012 12:27 AM CST
Updated Jan 6, 2012 2:14 AM CST
A memorial marks the death of Placentia stabbing victim James McGillivray, 53.   (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Bruce Chambers)
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(Newser) – Homeless Californians were packing shelters last night after discovering they're being stalked by a serial killer. The stabbing deaths of three homeless men in 10 days have been linked to a single "serious, dangerous serial killer operating in Orange County," police warn. A man wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt was seen on a video surveillance tape approaching a homeless man shortly before the victim's murder. A white, four-door Toyota can be seen parked nearby, and may be the killer's murder-spree transportation, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The killer is "extremely dangerous to the public," but especially the homeless, warn investigators. "We want to get the information out to our homeless community throughout the county to be careful to not be alone, to not go into dark or isolated areas as much as possible," said Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchins.