The trial is ongoing in the case of four people from Romford, Essex, in England, charged with brutally beating a man to death, exacting vengeance for a rape that seems never to have occurred.
In a crime reminiscent of that of vigilante Michael A. Mullen, also from Washington State, Patrick Drum, who said he was standing up for a belief by seeking out registered sex offenders and killing them, was sentenced after hearing from the victims’ families. As did Mullen, Drum stands by his actions.
On August 30, 1985, “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez tried to steal a car, but was captured and beaten by a group of citizens who recognized his photo. Police rescued Ramirez from the angry mob by arresting him. He was charged with thirteen murders.