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The Bride-to-Be Murders, Part I: Who Killed Judy Hakari?

23-year-old Judy Ann Hakari disappeared from Sacramento on March 7, 1970. Seven weeks later, her body was found buried in an abandoned mine 45 miles away. Nearly 50 years later,…

What Happened that Night: How a family friend fought off the Golden State Killer

Tracy is a family friend. She and my mom met through work, and became real-life friends. Both were recently single, blonde, and very social creature. And, like myself, Tracy’s daughters…

What We Know About the Man Believed to Be the Golden State Killer

In the day that’s passed since the Sacramento County DA announced the arrest of the alleged Golden State Killer–A.K.A the East Area Rapist, Original Night Stalker, Diamond Knot Killer, and…

UPDATE: New Details Emerge in the 1981 Disappearance of Dale Eugene Kelley

Last month, I wrote about the disappearance of Dale Eugene Kelley. To refresh your memory, 20-year-old Kelley vanished in May 1981 en route from Carmichael—a Sacramento suburb—to Los Angeles, where he planned…

What Really Happened to Harriet Elizabeth Riley?

A 6-year-old is found wrapped in plastic in a Sacramento dumpster in 1975, 4 years after her father’s unsolved murder. Initially ruled accidental, her “unsolved homicide” case was reopened in…

In 1981, a Sacramento Man Disappears on Trip to Los Angeles. Two Weeks Later, His Car Found Abandoned in New Orleans: What happened to Dale Kelley?

On the morning of May 20, 1981, 21-year-old Dale Eugene Kelley departed his home in Carmichael, California in his orange 1976 Toyota Celica. He planned make the six-and-a-half hour drive to Los Angeles…

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