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  1. #16
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    Check out the Court Docket info for the poor gal convicted (most likely erroneously) for Michelle Mitchell's murder. She filed for a new trial TODAY, due to DNA evidence! I wonder if her defense team got the DNA evidence that go the FBI on the case?

    http://www.washoecourts.com/print_ca...se_id=C79-1210

    Also, check out the article from the women who allegedly confessed to the murder:

    http://newspaperarchive.com/us/nevad...7/08-17/page-7

    They implicated a "Tony Lima" in Michelle's death. Wonder if they have his DNA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SophieRose View Post
    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.

    snip

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

    A footprint in the garage matched Lima's shoe size. Murnighan said that Lima lost something in the garage; a blue cigarette lighter was found on the scene.


    According to this article Tony's full name is Tony James Lima and was 27 at the time of his arrest in 1977.
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...&ct=clnk&gl=us

    A Tony James Lima born in 1950 died in San Mateo County in 1991.
    Last edited by SophieRose; 03-07-2014 at 10:09 PM.

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    <modsnip>

    Carol Booth's body was found in South San Francisco, not far from her home. SSF is a city just south of San Francisco and located in San Mateo County, where the other bodies were found.
    Last edited by bessie; 03-08-2014 at 08:13 AM. Reason: quoted post deleted

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    RE: Carol Booth, age 26

    Disappeared March 15 on her way home from work. I don't think we know where she worked. Her body wasn't found until May 4 on or near a dirt path, near Colma Creek, near Kaiser Medical Center, South San Francisco.


    RE: Paula Baxter, 17

    Disappeared after she left Capuchino High School in Millbrae at 8:15 PM. Not sure when her body was found but it was just a couple of short blocks away in a grove of eucalyptus trees next to the LDS Church on Ludeman Lane, Millbrae.

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    Thanks, guys. I had a horrible toothache last night, and had to stop in the middle of what I was doing. lol I was trying to compile the basic details from the older articles, and the newly released FBI info, into one post. If anyone is interested in searching for other possible victims, this will make the job easier.



    Clockwise from top left: Paula Baxter, Denise Lampe, Michelle Mitchell, Tanya Marie Blackwell, Veronica “Ronnie” Cascio, and Carol Lee Booth “Beedy", six women killed in 1976 cold cases on the Peninsula and in Reno.


    1. 1/7/76 -- Veronica "Ronnie" Cascio, 18, of Pacifica; stabbed 32 times in the neck, chest and abdomen with an 8" knife. Abducted while waiting for a bus near the Sharp Park Golf Course at Bradford Way and Fairway Dr. Body recovered the next day from a creek bed on the golf course.
    2. 1/24/76 -- Tanya Blackwell, 14, of Pacifica;raped, stabbed to death in a manner almost identical to Cascio. Left home on Heathcliff Dr to walk to 7-11 convenience store on King Dr in South San Francisco. Body located June 6, covered with leaves in a wooded area off Gypsy Hills Rd in Pacifica, near the summit of Sharp Park Rd.
    3. 2/4/76 -- Paula Baxter, 17, of Broadmoor; sexually assaulted, stabbed four times with a 3" knife. Skull crushed with a concrete block. A Capuchino High School student, she was last seen leaving the school parking lot around 8:15 p.m. Her abandoned car was discovered nearby. Body found Feb 6 covered in leaves near a grove of eucalyptus trees behind an LDS church on Ludemann Lane in Millbrae.
    4. 2/24/76 -- Michelle Mitchell, 19, of Reno, NV; throat slit, hands tied behind her back. On Feb 24, 1976, her yellow VW bug broke down across from the University of Nevada in Reno. Witnesses reported seeing "someone" helping her to push the car onto a parking lot near the Agricultural building on Evans St at around 8:10 p.m. Later that night, a half block away, a couple returning home from an evening out discovered Michelle's body in their garage. LE recovered a cigarette butt left by the killer.
    5. 3/15/76 -- Carol Lee "Beedy" Booth, 26, of South San Francisco; sexually assaulted, stabbed multiple times. Last seen walking from a bus stop on El Camino Rd. On May 4, her body was found in a shallow grave on a driving range near Colma Creek, close to the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, South San Francisco, CA. Investigators think she was chosen because she "looked like a teenager".
    6. 4/1/76 -- Denise Lampe, 19, of Daly City; sexually assaulted, stabbed 20 times in the chest and arms. Lampe's body was found the same day inside her 1964 Ford Mustang parked between Macy's and Denny's, in the Serramonte Shopping Center, Daly City, where she worked as a cosmetics salesperson.


    **Good recap in this article:

    Gypsy Hill victims exhibited 'startling' similarities
    By Erin Ivie -- 03/06/2014 05:03:10 PM PST

    Gypsy Hill Murders
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    • The murders all occurred between Jan and April, 1976
    • Five occurred in San Mateo County, CA. Mitchell was killed in Reno, Nevada
    • All victims were young, attractive, with long brown or blonde hair parted down the middle.
    • Many had experienced car problems prior to their murders.
    • DNA, time frame and circumstances link the slayings, according to the FBI
    • Sexual assault was confirmed in the Baxter, Booth, and Lampe cases. In the other three cases, a determination could not be made due to advanced decomposition.
    • The task force will go door to door in Gypsy Hills to talk with residents and jog their memories.
    • The suspect is believed to be a dark haired, powerfully built Caucasian male, right-handed, who lived in the Bay Area, but travelled to Reno in late February, 1976.
    • A 1976 profile described the suspect as brutal and sadistic, with a possible interest in bestiality. Sexual contacts would have been few. A poor relationship with his mother, and an ineffectual father round out the profile.



    MAP: Gypsy Hill Murder Victims


    FBI to make announcement in 38-year-old ‘Gypsy Hill Killings’ cold case
    KTVU-TV -- Wednesday, March 05, 2014

    Six Murders, One Killer, a New Search Begins
    Posted: Fri 10:50 PM, Mar 07, 2014 KOLO-TV 8

    FBI launches task force for “Gypsy Hill Murders”
    The Washington Times --Thursday, March 06, 2014

    FBI links Peninsula cold case murders to Reno killing in 1976
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    Quote Originally Posted by bessie View Post
    • The murders all occurred between Jan and April, 1976
    • Five occurred in San Mateo County, CA. Mitchell was killed in Reno, Nevada
    • All victims were young, attractive, with long brown or blonde hair parted down the middle.
    • Many had experienced car problems prior to their murders.
    • DNA, time frame and circumstances link the slayings, according to the FBI
    • Sexual assault was confirmed in the Baxter, Booth, and Lampe cases. In the other three cases, a determination could not be made due to advanced decomposition.
    • The task force will go door to door in Gypsy Hills to talk with residents and jog their memories.
    • The suspect is believed to be a dark haired, powerfully built Caucasian male, right-handed, who lived in the Bay Area, but travelled to Reno in late February, 1976.
    • A 1976 profile described the suspect as brutal and sadistic, with a possible interest in bestiality. Sexual contacts would have been few. A poor relationship with his mother, and an ineffectual father round out the profile.



    MAP: Gypsy Hill Murder Victims


    FBI to make announcement in 38-year-old ‘Gypsy Hill Killings’ cold case
    KTVU-TV -- Wednesday, March 05, 2014

    Six Murders, One Killer, a New Search Begins
    Posted: Fri 10:50 PM, Mar 07, 2014 KOLO-TV 8

    FBI launches task force for “Gypsy Hill Murders”
    The Washington Times --Thursday, March 06, 2014

    FBI links Peninsula cold case murders to Reno killing in 1976
    Here's a few more dark haired girls with car problems before they were killed. http://truthontatelabianca.com/threa...os.3434/page-2 http://www.zodiackillersite.com/view...hp?f=37&t=1190 http://www.zodiackillersite.com/view...hp?f=37&t=1339 http://www.zodiackillersite.com/viewtopic.php?f=78&t=61 Here's another one with a medical connection Donna Lass. http://www.zodiackiller.com/Lass.html
    Last edited by killer Chaser; 03-09-2014 at 10:03 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SophieRose View Post
    http://www.leagle.com/decision/19851160696P2d464_11159

    A footprint in the garage matched Lima's shoe size. Murnighan said that Lima lost something in the garage; a blue cigarette lighter was found on the scene.


    According to this article Tony's full name is Tony James Lima and was 27 at the time of his arrest in 1977.
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...&ct=clnk&gl=us

    A Tony James Lima born in 1950 died in San Mateo County in 1991.
    I found a Tony J Lima that lived in Daly City, South San Francisco, and Burlingame (which is just south of those cities and located in San Mateo County.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by i.b.nora View Post
    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.

    Snippet

    "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.
    More from above link:

    Appellant entered a plea of not guilty. The defense theory was that appellant's confession was the product of her mental illness: Mitchell had actually been killed by Tony Lima, the boyfriend of Raye Wood, to cover up the contract murder of Peggy Davis by Raye Wood and Marjorie Carter. The two women had beaten Davis to death with a hammer only a few days before Mitchell was killed.1 Raye Wood's former jailmate, Kathy Murnighan, was ready to testify that Raye Wood had told her that she and Lima had discussed killing a woman to cover up the Davis killing by making it appear as though both murders were the work of a homicidal maniac. One night Lima told Raye Wood that he had found a girl whose car had broken down and had slashed her throat. Raye Wood and Lima together disposed of the murder weapon.
    Three San Mateo County women had already been murdered before the Reno murder.

    Nevada inmate locator
    http://www.doc.nv.gov/inmatesearch/form.php

    Put in names

    Raye Wood - Looks like on parole 1989
    Tony Lima - not in system
    Cathy Woods - FLORENCE MCCLURE WOMENS CORRECTIONAL CR, 4' 8", 145 lbs, picture of her
    Last edited by SophieRose; 03-09-2014 at 11:56 PM.


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    Lima, based on DNA, ruled out

    http://www.rgj.com/article/20140310/...o-area-killing

    Tony Lima

    One man, who Woods’ defense attorneys argued in both trials could have been the actual killer in the 1976 slaying of Mitchell, is no longer considered a suspect, Reno police Deputy Chief Mac Venzon said.

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    http://www.kolotv.com/news/headlines...249990241.html

    It may look chaotic, but it's all carefully cataloged and when a request came to reexamine evidence in the murder of Michelle Mitchell, Mario Lopez emerged with the evidence used in Cathy Woods' trials.

    Photographs of the crime scene and all the principals, the victims clothing, cord used to bind her.

    And, inside a tiny sealed evidence envelope, the piece that alone launched a reexamination of the entire case, a cigarette butt left at the victim's feet.

    It contained D-N-A that didn't match Woods, but did match that of a killer responsible for five unsolved cases in the Bay Area from the same time period.

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    Nothing new here. Just adding another link.

    FBI looking into pasts of 1976 Gypsy Hill murder victims
    Posted: 6:09 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    KTVU has learned that since news stories began re-appearing this month about the deaths of five bay area women in 1976, the FBI has received dozens of calls.

    After meeting for more than an hour investigators plan to look into the pasts of the five Bay Area women killed between January and April of 1976, in what the FBI calls the Gypsy Hill murders.

    "We're going to hit the neighborhoods where the young girls grew up. See if there are still some neighbors who were there at the time. Areas where the bodies were found," said South San Francisco Police Chief Mike Massoni.
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    http://www.rgj.com/story/news/crime/...rder/14383819/

    DNA technology that wasn’t available four decades ago will be front and center in a Reno courtroom where a 64-year-old woman is trying to overturn her murder conviction after spending more than 30 years in prison...

    Woods was convicted twice of killing Michelle Mitchell, a 19-year-old nursing student at the University of Nevada, Reno.

    The FBI says the DNA matches that found at a crime scene tied to the Bay Area’s “Gypsy Hill” murders during the 1970s.

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    More DNA Prompts Delay in 1976 Reno Murder Appeal
    Updated: Thu 2:47 PM, Aug 21, 2014

    Public defender Maizie Pusich said Thursday modern DNA technology also has identified a cigarette lighter, a pair of shoes and a piece of twine she believes may match DNA on the cigarette.
    Prosecutors Seek to Overturn 1976 Nevada Murder Conviction
    Posted: Aug 21, 2014 1:50 PM CST Updated: Aug 21, 2014 3:55 PM CST
    By Kellene Stockwell

    The FBI says the DNA instead matches another crime scene linked to the Bay Area's ‘Gypsy Hill' murders during the 1970s.

    [...]

    Authorities are still looking for whose DNA was found at those crimes scenes. Blackwell and Cascio both died in Pacifica, Baxter in Millbrae, Booth in South San Francisco, and Lampe in Daly City.


    DNA key in contested Nevada murder conviction
    Posted August 21, 2014 - 11:37am
    By SCOTT SONNER - ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Public defender Maizie Pusich told the judge that new DNA technology enabled investigators to tie the cigarette butt to two other murder cases.

    “The DNA evidence has been processed that was not available to any of the parties in 1976 or even at the time of the later trial in 1985,” Pusich said.


    Bottom line, if LE can ID the source of the DNA found at the Mitchell murder scene in Reno, they also will hold the identity of the Gypsy Hill killer.

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