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    CA - RODNEY HALBOWER, Gypsy Hill Murders, 1976

    Police in San Francisco have launched a new investigation into the homicides of several women around San Francisco, starting in 1976. They are linking them to a single serial killer.

    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local...248899201.html
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    I'm gonna keep up with this one!
    Media thread for Abby and Libby.


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    Sorry, it's the FBI, not SF Police!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tulessa View Post
    I'm gonna keep up with this one!
    Someone just linked the story in the Holly Bobo thread, so I know nothing about it really, but it will be great if there is some justice or resolution for all these women, at last.
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    Summary:

    6 women in their late teens/20s disappeared, then were discovered murdered in 1976, over a period of 4 months in 1976. LE will be canvassing neighborhoods over the coming days, seeking any new information.

    Veronica 'Ronnie' Cascio. Pacifica, SF Jan 1976. Age 18

    Tatiana 'Tanya' Blackwell. Pacifica, SF Jan 1976. Age 14

    Paula Baxter. Millbrae, CA, Feb 1976. Age 17

    Michelle Mitchell. Reno, NV Feb 1976. Age 19

    Carol Lee Booth. South SF. March 1976. Age 26

    Denise Lampe. Daly City, CA. April 1976. Age 19
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    Trying to think of any known serial predators around at this time.....
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    FBI Launches Task Force On 1976 Peninsula ‘Gypsy Hill Murders’ After DNA Lead
    March 6, 2014 5:59 PM
    KPIX / CBS / San Francisco



    REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched a task force to gather information on a series of cold case murders, dubbed the ‘Gypsy Hill Murders’ that took place in the first four months of 1976 in San Mateo County after linking the slayings to a murder in Reno.

    The FBI announced at a press conference in Redwood City Thursday that they believe the 1976 murder of Michelle Mitchell, 19, in Reno may be linked to the Gypsy Hill Murder investigation, and that a joint task force involving the FBI and San Mateo County law enforcement agencies has been created to focus on the cases.

    Cathy Woods was convicted of Mitchell’s murder. FBI spokesman Pete Lee said investigators still believe Woods was responsible for the murder, but given the new evidence, they also believe she had an accomplice.

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    KTVN-TV, the CBS affiliate in Reno reported a Reno Police Department spokesman confirmed to the TV station that it was DNA evidence recovered at Mitchell’s murder scene that ties all six murders together, and that the DNA does not match Cathy Woods.

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    Wow. Does that mean they think a serial killer took a kind of break, to commit murder with another person, or they both worked together to kill all of the victims?
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    I wonder why the killings started and why they stopped? I read online that Cathy Woods is a psychiatric patient who was the other perp a friend, partner another patient she met?

    Is there a reason why they don't state whether the DNA of the perp is male or female? Would doing so negatively impact an investigation?

    Sorry for so many questions I hope they find out who did all these crimes an hold them accountable for the victims families.
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    This legal opinion from 1985 gives a little more info on Cathy Woods but also mentions a bunch of other people that supposedly were involved in the Mitchell murder as well:

    http://www.leagle.com/decision/19851160696P2d464_11159

    "696 P.2d 464 (1985)
    Cathy WOODS, Appellant,
    v.
    The STATE of Nevada, Respondent.
    Supreme Court of Nevada.
    March 5, 1985.
    Rehearing Denied May 8, 1985.

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    "The record reflects the following facts. On the evening of February 24, 1976, Michelle Mitchell's car broke down near the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno, and she telephoned her mother to ask for a ride home. Mitchell's mother left immediately but could not find her daughter. Mitchell's dead body was discovered a few hours later in the garage of a nearby house. Her hands were bound with twine and her throat had been slashed.

    For nearly three years no charges were brought in the Mitchell killing. In March of 1979, the Reno Police Department received the information that a mental patient at the Louisiana State University Medical Center at Shreveport, Louisiana, had told hospital staff that some years ago in Reno she had killed a girl named Michelle. The patient was appellant Cathy Woods, who had been committed to the hospital in February of 1979. Appellant told the hospital staff and subsequently Lieutenant Dennison of the Reno Police Department that she had offered to help the girl fix her car, had taken her to a garage on the pretext of getting some tools, had made a sexual proposal to her, and when rebuffed, had cut her throat. Appellant was subsequently brought to Reno and tried."

    It goes on to talk about other people involved.


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    From a Nevada State Journal article 3/23/1976:

    Police have thus far been baffled by the slaying, although they have several witnesses who reported seeing the girl and her car, a girl and a man together near the murder scene, and a man running from the area of the murder.

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    http://www.rgj.com/article/20140306/NEWS01/303060048/

    Attorney Cal Dunlap, who as Washoe County district attorney prosecuted the Woods trial in 1980, said he and law enforcement always felt there was another person involved in the killing.

    “Personally, it was always my view that there was a second person involved,” Dunlap said Thursday. “There were a variety of reasons, one of which were male footprints found and defense knew about it — footprints larger than Cathy Woods.’

    “The victim was tied with her hands behind her back, and it would be difficult for someone to do that without some assistance without screaming or running around,” Dunlap said.

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    Woods, 74, is incarcerated at the Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center in northeast Las Vegas, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections website database.

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    http://www.contracostatimes.com/news...s-reno-killing

    Almost all of the victims were confirmed to have been raped before being killed, Lee said. Of the victims whose sexual assault could not be confirmed, it was because their bodies were too decomposed at the time of discovery.

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    Authorities ask that all tips be directed to the FBI San Francisco field office at 415-553-7400, and callers are asked to press 0 and advise an operator they're calling in regards to the Gypsy Hill cases.

    I think you should call about that missing person.

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