Armed with a knife and pellet guns, two Dallas men had a lucrative racket going, says the Dallas Morning News: committing home invasion robberies targeting mostly Hispanic immigrants who often shun banks and keep cash on hand. Last week, their tactics – mostly threats and bluffs – spilled over into bloodletting, investigators say. They’re charged with capital murder after police said they beat a woman and her husband with enough force to leave impressions of the guns in their flesh, raped and killed the woman and dunked her in a brimming bathtub, presumably to wash away DNA evidence.
The attackers left with about $2,000 – the couple’s life savings. One of the alleged assailants, interviewed in jail, said the other man acted “like an animal.” Police call the slaying one of the most horrific random acts of violence in recent memory.