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    OR - Paul, 45, & Lois Slack, 37, Black Creek Canyon, 7 Sept 1968

    On September 7, 1968, Paul and Lois Slack went on a pine cone picking trip in Black Creek Canyon near Eugene, Oregon.

    They were last seen alive at 10:30 a.m. September 7, 1968. Their bodies were found on September 14, 1968. Paul had been shot in the chest and abdomen, and Lois was shot in the head. Lois had not been sexually assaulted. Paul pockets were turned out and his wallet was missing. In their car, police found their untouched lunch and coffee.

    I have provided links for the meager info I have been able to find on this case. I am a fairly good researcher, and simply can't find much on the murders of this couple.

    FYI, ten years later a body was found in the same general area. LE determined that body was of a male hiker who probably fell off a ledge, died and remained in that location for at least five years. It was not linked in any way to the Slack murders.

    I have contacted the Sheriff's Department in Eugene, Oregon hoping to find out more info.

    If anyone is from that area and remembers this case, please post what you remember.

    I find it terrible that such a case received so little coverage.

    Links:

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...4469%2C4501805

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...5779%2C4734543

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...3759%2C4364673

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...1372%2C5404619

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...3504%2C6210624

    There are also a couple of articles on Newspaper Archives, but they are identical to the info in the linked articles above.
    Last edited by Marilynilpa; 06-04-2012 at 12:05 AM. Reason: Additional link

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    It appears another murder by gunshot took place that could be connected to the Slacks' murders. I'll look into any possible connection.

    Here's a link to the article:

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...=6261%2C887042

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    I wasn't here in 68, but just a few years ago a couple out hiking and their dog were shot and killed, and that hasn't been solved, either. There's speculation that it was done by people who live out there, like mountain men type thing. They even did a spot on it for one of the psychic detective shows.

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    I live in the area and have never heard of this case. I'll ask around and see if any of the long-timers remember it. (I didn't live around here when the crime happened).

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    Just heard from LE Cold Case Unit - this case has never been solved. There were a couple of good suspects, both of whom are now deceased.

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    Yes, Paul and Lois lived behind us. My husband saw them on the day they disappeared and he, I and our 4 kids picnicked while he was hunting. We were by their car, but didn't know they were dead just a few feet away, the next day. My husband then told them where their car was the following Monday when Paul didn't show up for work and took a helicopter with the police to locate it. The rest is history, except who did it. Some names were thrown about and lots of rumors.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marilynilpa View Post
    On September 7, 1968, Paul and Lois Slack went on a pine cone picking trip in Black Creek Canyon near Eugene, Oregon.

    They were last seen alive at 10:30 a.m. September 7, 1968. Their bodies were found on September 14, 1968. Paul had been shot in the chest and abdomen, and Lois was shot in the head. Lois had not been sexually assaulted. Paul pockets were turned out and his wallet was missing. In their car, police found their untouched lunch and coffee.

    I have provided links for the meager info I have been able to find on this case. I am a fairly good researcher, and simply can't find much on the murders of this couple.

    FYI, ten years later a body was found in the same general area. LE determined that body was of a male hiker who probably fell off a ledge, died and remained in that location for at least five years. It was not linked in any way to the Slack murders.

    I have contacted the Sheriff's Department in Eugene, Oregon hoping to find out more info.

    If anyone is from that area and remembers this case, please post what you remember.

    I find it terrible that such a case received so little coverage.

    Links:

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...4469%2C4501805

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...5779%2C4734543

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...3759%2C4364673

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...1372%2C5404619

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...3504%2C6210624

    There are also a couple of articles on Newspaper Archives, but they are identical to the info in the linked articles above.

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    what were the names of the suspects?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyAnn View Post
    Yes, Paul and Lois lived behind us. My husband saw them on the day they disappeared and he, I and our 4 kids picnicked while he was hunting. We were by their car, but didn't know they were dead just a few feet away, the next day. My husband then told them where their car was the following Monday when Paul didn't show up for work and took a helicopter with the police to locate it. The rest is history, except who did it. Some names were thrown about and lots of rumors.
    Thank you for the help you provided to find Paul and Lois. What a sad story!

    I found more stories about the murder and two similar ones. An article a year later talked about the investigation. About twenty people voluntarily took polygraphs. Two years later another shooting occurred north of Oakridge. A spotlight was focused for about five minutes on a family sitting at a picnic table. Two people died from the same shot. The father of Paul Slack thinks the two shootings were related. Two Springfield teens were later arrested for the second shooting. They claimed they were spotlighting deer. One was released by 1974, but the other was still serving a seven year sentence at that time. Is it possible one or both were responsible for the shooting of the Slacks as well as the teens shot in 1977 listed below?

    https://news.google.com/newspapers?n...,2821368&hl=en

    https://news.google.com/newspapers?n...,3093311&hl=en

    https://news.google.com/newspapers?n...,3783706&hl=en

    https://news.google.com/newspapers?n...,3759453&hl=en

    Seven years later in 1977 two teens were shot only seven miles from the site of the second shooting.

    https://news.google.com/newspapers?n...,2339399&hl=en
    Last edited by Lilibet; 12-13-2015 at 02:48 AM. Reason: Added link
    STEPHANIE ANNE WARNER, 43, RUCH, OREGON
    MISSING & PRESUMED MURDERED July 4, 2013
    LENNIE AMES NAMED SUSPECT
    Anonymous Tips? Reward up to $1000
    Crime Stoppers of So. Oregon 800-850-0580

    DISCUSSION:http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...2#post10750872



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