HOUSTON, July 1 -- A Houston television station has obtained a 1988 recording in which suspected serial killer Rafael Resendez-Ramirez calls himself 'a politician' and says his 'one purpose in life' is to spread views against Christianity, democracy and freedom. KHOU-TV says Resendez-Ramirez, who is wanted in connection with at least eight killings in three states, made the comments in a St. Louis court where he was facing federal charges related to obtaining a passport. In the tape aired today, the Mexican national explained his views in a rambling fashion, attacking the U.S. government and its methods. Resendez-Ramirez said: 'The methods they used are completely, if not close to, evil. Their system is corrupt; their methods are corrupt. They will intimidate you, they will try to intimidate anyone to get a confession. They will lie to somebody. They will promise anything to get a confession.' He also expressed his personal philosophy. 'I'm a politician,' he said. 'I only have one purpose in life, and that's to spread some of my views and some of the views that I have been instructed, anything that can put down Christianity, anything that can put down democracy, anything that can put down freedom.' The man the FBI says has used more than 30 aliases told the jury that he was confused about his own identity. 'Can I tell you who I really am with the secrecy that's in the family? I probably could tell you who I think I am.
As far as I know, I'm just a human being. And I will leave it up to you,' he said. Resendez-Ramirez was convicted on 16 counts in St. Louis and spent two years in prison. He was then deported back to Mexico, but eventually made his way back to the United States Resendez-Ramirez is now a member of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List and is being sought in connection with eight slayings in Texas, Kentucky and Illinois, all of them near railroad tracks. Law officers believe he hops freight trains and travels from town to town. Meanwhile, Immigration and Naturalization Commissioner Doris Meissner promised a full investigation to determine why Resendez-Ramirez was deported by Border Patrol agents June 2 after being arrested in New Mexico. Her comments came during a news conference in Dallas announcing a special recruiting effort aimed at finding qualified candidates for the Border Patrol. She said 200 agents trained in recruiting will be the backbone of the new program. ---
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