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  1. #1
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    Apr 2009
    Long Beach, California

    CA - Leslie Long, 20, raped & murdered, Palmdale, 3 Dec 1978


    Leslie Long had told her family she was proud to be working a “man's job” as a gas station attendant.

    The gregarious 20-year-old had taken the job at a Chevron station in Palmdale to pay for a new bedroom suite in the house she shared with her three young children and her husband, her high school sweetheart.

    On Dec. 3, 1978, Long was working a closing shift alone at the station at Palmdale Boulevard and Division Street when two men kidnapped her at gunpoint, raped her and shot her multiple times.

    Nearly four decades later, two men linked to the crime by DNA have been charged in her death.

    Terry Moses, 59, and Neal Antoine Matthews, 58, were charged Tuesday with murder and several special circumstance allegations that make them eligible for the death penalty, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

    The allegations include murder during a robbery, murder during a kidnapping and murder during a rape, prosecutors said. At the time of Long's killing, both men were active gang members, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.


    Leslie Long and her family (undated photo)

  2. #2
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    Oct 2012
    On the sunny shores of I-65
    Wow! Leaving the children motherless - what human scum to have done this.
    Six-year-old Shannon Sherrill disappeared from her front yard in Thorntown, Indiana in October, 1986. Someone knows where she is......


  3. #3
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    Oct 2009
    Just saw this, thanks for starting thread!
    This is one of those cases that really makes your blood boil.
    This poor woman, a mother to 3 children , working hard at a gas station, yanked away from everything and everyone, for the selfish and cruel pleasure of a pair of murderous losers.
    Amazing that these guys are finally identified, hope that finally gives the victim's family some measure of peace. imo.

  4. #4
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    Oct 2014
    1 of 2 Men Linked by DNA to Cold Case Kidnap, Rape, Murder of Palmdale Mother of 3 Pleads Guilty


    Thirty-five years after a Palmdale mother of three was kidnapped, raped and fatally shot, one of two men linked by DNA to the crime pleaded guilty to her murder, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

    Terry Moses, 60, pleaded guilty on Jan. 7 to the murder of gas station attendant Leslie Long in 1978, the DA’s office stated.
    Moses will be sentenced to three terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole after his co-defendant Neal Antoine Matthews, 58, goes to trial, prosecutors said.

    Matthews was in court in Lancaster on Wednesday, but his arraignment was continued to Feb. 17, the release stated.

  5. #5
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    Mar 2013
    For so many years they must have thought they'd got away with it completely free. I'm so glad that we have DNA technology which can do amazing things like this, so many years later! So much damage caused just because these vile men felt entitled to take whatever they wanted in this world, cause as much pain and suffering, and believed life was worth so little. I hope that her family will find some closure that the people responsible are being brought to justice.

  6. #6
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    Aug 2015
    Sentencing set in murder cold case

    A 60-year-old man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping and killing a gas station attendant 35 years ago is scheduled to be sentenced March 15 to three terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    Terry Moses, who was charged last May after DNA evidence linked him to the crime, pleaded guilty Jan. 7 to kidnapping and killing Leslie Long on Dec. 3, 1978 (...)

    Moses also pleaded guilty to the murders of Carlton Goodwin and Michael Fuqua, who were slain Aug. 22, 1976; and to the attempted murder of Kenney Guevara on Dec. 7, 1996.


    Moses, who is serving a 25 years-to-life sentence and housed at Soledad State Prison, was one of two men accused of killing Leslie Long. His co-defendant in the woman’s murder is 58-year-old Neal Antoine Matthews.


    Prosecutors are expected to decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Matthews, the prosecutor said.

  7. #7
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    Sep 2011
    Article from 2011:

    Long’s children never spoke of their mother’s murder until recently, according to the show’s producers. The children were raised by their Aunt, whom they’ve always called “Mom.”

  8. #8
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    Oct 2014
    Man pleads not guilty in 1978 murder of gas station clerk - March 18, 2016


    A man pleaded not guilty Thursday in connection with the abduction and killing of a woman who was working the night shift at a Palmdale gas station more than three decades ago.

    Neal Antoine Matthews, 59, is charged in the Dec. 3, 1978, attack on Leslie Long, who was working a Sunday night shift at what was then a Chevron gas station on the corner of Palmdale Boulevard and Division Street.
    The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegations of murder during a robbery, murder during a kidnapping and murder during a rape.

    Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Matthews.

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