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    CA - Jeanne Pichulo, 27, Cupertino, 14 Sep 1991

    I was hoping maybe some smart sleuthers could help me find information on an unsolved case of a woman I used to babysit for. She was super sweet, a devoted mother to a toddler and her life was ended way too early. All I have been able to find in MSM is a copy of a San Jose Mercury News article detailing unsolved murders of women in the area.

    COLD CASES GET NEW LOOK AFTER ARREST IN 2 DEATHS
    By Linda Goldston

    Mercury News


    In just 47 days in the fall of 1984, six women were beaten, stabbed or
    strangled in Santa Clara County.

    Each slaying seemed worse than the last and police weren't sure at
    first if they were looking for one killer or several.

    More than two decades later, two of those homicides remain unsolved but
    they're getting renewed scrutiny. Now that San Jose police have
    identified Luis Aguilar Perez as the first suspected serial killer in
    the county, investigators are taking fresh looks at those two unsolved
    cases and dozens of others for a possible connection to him -- and
    hoping other departments will do the same.

    ``Not only are we going through our unsolved cases, we've also
    requested other agencies throughout the nation to look into their
    unsolved files to see if Perez is linked to any of them,'' said San
    Jose police officer Enrique Garcia, spokesman for the department. ``You
    never know.''

    Since 1962, there have been 195 unsolved homicides in San Jose and
    women were victims in about 20 percent of them, Garcia said.

    Countywide, there are about 300 unsolved killings, including those in
    San Jose, which has long had a reputation as one of the safest big
    cities in America.

    Chief Assistant District Attorney Karyn Sinunu, who formed the office's
    cold case unit in January to start whittling that number down, said
    ``The theme of the unit is that we are not going to forget the victims
    and their families.

    ``With the low violent crime rate we have in the county now, we're able
    to work these cold cases,'' she said.

    Perez, who lived in San Jose from 1983 to 1989, has been charged in two
    slayings -- 50-year-old Florence Ruth Berrospe in 1984 and 61-year-old
    Nestora McCune in 1989 -- and charges are pending against him for
    another slaying in San Francisco.

    But in a jailhouse interview with the Mercury News last week, Perez
    said he told police he had killed more than 30 women in five states and
    Mexico. He said he killed women in Watsonville, Chicago and New York
    City, as well as North Dakota and South Dakota.

    The 40-year-old serial murder suspect also told the Mercury News he had
    made up the stories he told police. Authorities say he is linked to
    three of the killings by DNA evidence.

    Whether he is charged with more killings or not, ``we have a serial
    killer,'' Sinunu said, and the renewed focus on the cold cases will
    continue.

    ``I was a defense lawyer for 18 years, and that point of view comes in
    handy in analyzing these cases,'' said Deputy District Attorney Charles
    Constantinides, who was named by Sinunu to head the Cold Case Unit.

    Sometimes it's luck, sometimes it's hard work and sometimes it's the
    public's help that finally reins in some killers.

    Constantinides said investigators would welcome any tips on the old
    cases.

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    Among the most violent unsolved cases are the deaths of:

    Kelly Ralston.

    The 21-year-old, one of the two women slain during the string of
    killings in 1984, was found by a roommate in the bedroom of her South
    San Jose apartment, near Almaden Plaza, on Aug. 28 that year. She had
    been stabbed to death.

    A student at San Jose State University, Ralston had a brown belt in
    karate and aspired to be a San Jose police officer. She put up a
    furious fight for her life.

    Police found a small kitchen knife, thought to be the murder weapon, in
    the same room with Ralston's body.

    Gwendolyn Hoffman.

    The 56-year-old woman -- the other unsolved case from the 1984 string
    -- disappeared from her home on Normandy Drive on Sept. 10, 1984.

    Hoffman's husband, Lewis, received a call at work about 11:30 a.m. that
    day, saying his wife was having problems and he should come home.

    When the husband arrived home, in an unincorporated area between
    Campbell and San Jose, he found his wife missing and a note that said,
    ``Do not call anyone. We will contact you.''

    Hoffman's husband called the sheriff's department and authorities at
    the time said a man was seen driving from the couple's home in the
    wife's 1977 Buick Regal.

    Gwendolyn Hoffman's body was found stuffed in the trunk of her car 36
    hours later, about a mile from her home. A wire was wrapped tightly
    around her neck.

    Kristi Harris.

    The popular 21-year-old hair stylist was found lying in a pool of blood
    in her South Bascom Avenue apartment in San Jose, a few steps from her
    front door, on Aug. 29, 1988.

    One of her roommates found her body about 7:45 that night. She had been
    stabbed in the back and her throat was slashed. She was dressed in a
    white T-shirt and gray tights and had told her sister that she planned
    to jog and do laundry that day.

    The youngest of three siblings, Harris was a cheerleader at Pioneer
    High School, class of 1985. She had gotten engaged and moved out of her
    parent's home shortly before she was killed. She worked as a stylist at
    her father's Campbell salon, Witches Hut Coiffures.

    Julie Marie Bucalo.

    Police discovered her body in the victim's secluded cottage in the 900
    block of San Jose's Meridian Avenue on Feb. 6, 1991. Her worried
    boyfriend called police after she failed to call when she said she
    would.

    The 26-year-old woman had been strangled or suffocated. She was found
    on her waterbed, with two light blankets pulled up around her neck.
    Investigators at the time said her fingernails had dug so hard into her
    left palm that they caused cuts and her right wrist bore a pronounced
    imprint.

    A certified public accountant, Bucalo worked at Price Waterhouse.

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    Cathy Nguyen, 25, and her 2-year-old son, Michael Bui.

    Their bodies were discovered on the floor of their blood-spattered
    living room at the San Jose Apartments complex on the city's East Side
    on May 7, 1991. Officers were sent to check on the mother and son after
    Nguyen's boyfriend alerted them.

    Nguyen was sprawled face down in slacks and a sport coat, a few feet
    away from the body of her son.

    ``She was butchered,'' Constantinides said. ``And her son, Michael, was
    trying to use his teddy bear for protection when he was chased down and
    stabbed.''

    Jeanne Marie Pichulo.

    The body of the 27-year-old mother was found in her apartment on
    Rollingdell Drive in Cupertino on Sept. 14, 1991.

    She died from multiple stab wounds to the chest and abdomen, apparently
    after returning home from grocery shopping.

    Her 2-year-old son played and slept at her side for more than a dozen
    hours after she was stabbed. The boy was unharmed and later said his
    mother ``fell down.''

    Pichulo worked as an administrative secretary at 3Com in Santa Clara,
    where she played on a company softball team.


    Anyone with information on these or any other unsolved case should
    e-mail Constantinides at cconsta...@da.sccgov.org or call district
    attorney investigator Mike Schembri, (408) 792-2682.

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    I helped her when her son was a newborn to about six months of age. She was single (dad opted not to be involved), worked hard and adored her baby. It has always haunted me that he was there when this happened.

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    I couldn't find any articles after the 2005 article, and only the 1991 articles at the time of her murder.

    TOT SAYS SLAIN MOM 'FELL DOWN' - POLICE DEBATE WHETHER KILLER TENDED 23-MONTH-OLD
    San Jose Mercury News (CA) - Monday, September 16, 1991

    Sheriff's Sgt. Ken Kahn said Pichulo had just taken one bag of groceries into the apartment; others, including perishables, were still in her car.

    ''It appears she was surprised by someone at the door or waiting inside," Kahn said, "Either she was allowed to put the baby to bed, or maybe the killer brought in the baby."
    Sheriff's Sgt. Ken Kahn said Pichulo had just taken one bag of groceries into the apartment; others, including perishables, were still in her car.

    ''It appears she was surprised by someone at the door or waiting inside," Kahn said, "Either she was allowed to put the baby to bed, or maybe the killer brought in the baby."

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    MOTIVE FOR SLAYING REMAINS UNCLEAR - CUPERTINO WOMAN'S APARTMENT HAD BEEN RANSACKED -- BUT WHY?
    San Jose Mercury News (CA) - Tuesday, September 17, 1991
    Sgt. Ken Kahn noted that the apartment had been ransacked, but said investigators were unclear how it had happened.

    "We don't know if the ransacking was done to cover up a murder, if she interrupted a burglary, or whether someone followed her into the apartment," he said.

    Pichulo , a 27-year-old administrative secretary at 3-Com Corp. in Santa Clara, was stabbed several times in the chest and abdomen. Deputies recovered the knife from her body, which was found in a bedroom.

    Pichulo 's 2-year-old son, Brian, was found by his grandmother about 6:30 p.m. Saturday in a crib with the side down, Kahn said. The sheriff's spokesman said it was possible that the child had climbed out and combed through his mother's possessions.

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    One of the murders listed above has been solved:

    http://www.contracostatimes.com/news...uilty-1991-san

    Twenty-two years after accountant Julie Bucalo was found bound and strangled in her own bed, a jury needed only a few hours Thursday to find a former security guard where she worked guilty of breaking into her San Jose cottage and killing her.

    Ralph Baldenegro, 64, who also was a former firefighter, sat stone-faced as the verdict was pronounced, after 3 1/2 months of trial, but less than eight hours of deliberations. He is already serving a 94-year sentence for attacking a girlfriend and her teenage daughter in 2006 in Fremont...

    Prosecutor Dan Fehderau also argued that Baldenegro had a history both before and after Bucalo's death of assaults against women that involved handcuffs or duct tape, a knife, suffocation and choking, which jurors said they found compelling. Bucalo was helpless to fight back because she'd been handcuffed.
    So I wonder how hard LE looked as this guy as a possible serial killer.



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