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    http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancis...nt?oid=2894425

    A person of interest in the murders of five women in San Mateo County nearly 40 years ago was identified Monday by the FBI.

    Rodney Halbower, 66, who is serving time in Oregon on an attempted murder charge, was named by the FBI as a person of interest in the "Gypsy Hill" murders that took the lives of five women and teen girls between January and April in 1976. In March, investigators announced that they had connected the case to a sixth woman, whose body was found in Reno during the same time period...

    Investigators did not reveal Monday what they think Halbower's connection to the murders might be.
    http://lompocrecord.com/news/state-a...4653bdadb.html

    Pusich said in court papers filed Monday before the hearing that the DNA found on the cigarette butt matches that of Oregon inmate Rodney L. Halbower, 66...

    Halbower is not eligible for parole until 2026...

    Halbower was first sentenced to prison in Nevada for sexually assaulting a female blackjack dealer in downtown Reno in November 1975, an attack that occurred roughly two months before Mitchell was killed a few blocks away, Pusich said.

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    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/articl...on-5744821.php

    The FBI may have named an Oregon prison inmate as a suspect in San Mateo County's unsolved Gypsy Hill killings, but the decades-old cold case is far from closed, authorities said Tuesday. Though investigators believe DNA evidence links 66-year-old Rodney Halbower to the 1976 Peninsula slayings and a sixth murder in Reno, FBI agents are still looking for witnesses with long memories...

    San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said he expects to receive the case against Halbower for review in a few weeks. Halbower has not yet been charged with any of the killings.

    "One of the standard rules when you have homicides in multiple counties is that you go to the county that has the strongest case," he said. "In our county, we will have some DNA cases that we will be able to prosecute."

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    Thank you so much for posting the new links, OkieGranny. News like this is so encouraging! With DNA technology, it really is never too late to solve a murder.
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    http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/crime-...murders/nhJPw/
    I-Team: Major break in Bay Area's 1976 'Gypsy Hill Murders'
    By Dan Noyes
    Monday, September 08, 2014


    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --There's a major break in a serial killing spree that terrorized the Bay Area nearly 40 years ago. The FBI believes 66-year-old Rodney Halbower may have killed five young women from the peninsula in just a few short months and then another in Reno. The I-Team has been looking into why Halbower is now in the spotlight.

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    This new information comes out of a Washoe County, Nevada courtroom. Cathy Woods was granted a new trial after serving more than 30 years in the death of a Reno college student.

    Court documents released Monday show that DNA testing has revealed a new suspect. The documents read: "The DNA on the cigarette butt at the crime scene" and "...at two of the California rape-murder cases belongs to Rodney Halbower."







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    Muskegon investigators want to know more about suspected serial killer
    Sarah Sell, WZZM 8:13 p.m. EDT September 11, 2014

    "He's a horrific guy, a monster", says Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler referring to 66-year old Rodney Halbower. He can't help but wonder what other crimes Halbower committed while he was living in Muskegon Heights. On Wednesday, Rodney's brother John, said Rodney was a bully. "Everybody in the neighborhood was terrorized by him. We all got together, tied him up, laid him in the road, and he got away, chased us with a butcher knife", says John Halbower.

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    One of the cold cases involves 18-year old Barbara Brott and 19-year old Mary Ann Hicks. In 1972, the women were last seen leaving the Canopy bar in Grand Rapids, which has since been torn down. Their bodies were found a month later, near Muskegon. "Some of the evidence that was recovered, we hope would render DNA, if and when it comes to that point, of making that comparison."
    Mary Ann Hicks' skeleton ID'd
    Argus Press, Sept 3, 1972

    Barbara Brott's skeleton ID'd
    Daytona Beach Morning Journal, Sept 3, 1972

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    Just a thought. I wonder if there were bus stops near where these girls were found or last seen. It occurred to me that perhaps the person who did it may have picked them that way. Theses girls loom like they have simular Tastes In hairstyle.
    If the guy road the bus he may have kept a journal of the goings ons.got the girls routines.he could do this by riding the bus.

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    That's a good hunch. Veronica Cascio was abducted while waiting for a bus. Beedy Booth was last seen walking from a bus stop. See post #21.
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    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...122-story.html

    Halbower has been extradited to San Mateo County to face charges, authorities said Thursday. He was extradited from Oregon State Prison to the Bay Area after he was linked by DNA to the 1976 murders of Paula Baxter and Veronica Cascio, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. He was serving time for attempted murder.

    Halbower faces two counts of murder that occurred while the women were raped, authorities said.

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    Just saw news of Halbower's arrest on local NBC news. The LA Times article pretty much sums it all up but will watch for further info. San Jose Mercury News, San Mateo Times, and San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate) all potential sources.

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    I wonder if he will be charged in the Mitchell murder. Cathy Woods' new trial is scheduled for July.

    http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5807638

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    In 2010 a fellow inmate in the women's prison in North Las Vegas began the process of filing for an reexamination of evidence which had twice convicted former Reno bar manager Cathy Woods of the 1976 murder of Reno coed Michelle Mitchell.

    Two years later, DNA tests were ordered. That led to the discovery of DNA on a cigarette butt found at the scene. That DNA didn't match Cathy Woods.
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    http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines...vice=phone&c=y

    Article from May:

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    DNA was apparently found on a cigarette butt and it didn't match hers.

    But as revealed Thursday at a press conference in the Bay Area, it did match the DNA in a series of unsolved murders there.

    Those cases, called the Gypsy Hill Killings, also involved young women, some of whom had car trouble at the time of their murders..
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    http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines...vice=phone&c=y
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    There are some other unsolved homicides in the Michigan area that I hope are being looked into. Here is a link to a site with some information on the unsolved in Michigan.

    http://www.delayedjustice.com/?cat=6

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    This one looks like his mo. It would be interesting to find out if he had a red car and was in Detroit then.

    http://archive.freep.com/article/201...ved-72-slaying

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    http://staugustine.com/news/national...-killings-1976

    The San Mateo district attorney’s office charged Rodney Halbower, 66, on Thursday with two counts of murder during the course of rape for the deaths of Paula Baxter, 17, and Veronica Anne Cascio, 18...

    Halbower denied involvement in any of the killings in a jailhouse interview with a local television station. “I’m confused, and I want some answers,” he told KGO-TV. “I don’t know anything. No knowledge about this.”

    Halbower submitted a DNA sample when he was transferred from a Nevada prison to Oregon State Prison in November 2013.

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    This definitely isn't the end of this. He has escaped from prison several times and been apprehended all over the country. There are more victims of this monster! Sad

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    Quote Originally Posted by muskegonhometown View Post
    This definitely isn't the end of this. He has escaped from prison several times and been apprehended all over the country. There are more victims of this monster! Sad
    I agree, the more I read, the more I think this may just be the tip of the iceberg

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