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    CA - Clyda Delaney, 24, & Nancy Warren, 64, Mendocino County, 13 Oct 1968

    BACKGROUND

    Clyda Jean Dulaney was born on 24 August 1944 in Stanislaus County, CA. However, at some point her family moved to Ukiah, CA. Clyda attended Pomolita School in Ukiah,where she served tea in a junior fashion show in 1957. She moved onto Ukiah High, where she is known to have played on the sophomore basketball team in 1959 before graduation. She married a local logger, John Ussery. They quickly had three sons. At some point they moved away from Ukiah. However, Clyda parted from Ussery and returned to Ukiah with her three boys. There are two differing accounts of this: one says she left Ussery “a couple of years” before the murder; the other says she parted from the logger only a few months prior to the murders.

    Both her grandparents were prominent in the Ukiah business community. Nancy owned Nancy's Antiques, which was located south of Ukiah on Highway 101. Clyde owned Warren's Trailer Sales on North State Street in Ukiah. By October 1968, 24-year-old Clyda had remarried. Her second husband was a California Highway Patrol Officer, Donald Dulaney, aged 49; he was some years older than Clyda's father.

    Clyda was temporarily living in a trailer next to her grandmother's home with her three sons, while Dulaney lived in his own apartment. Dulaney shared his apartment in Ukiah with his teen daughter. A realtor was looking for a four bedroom house for Dulaney to buy so the family of seven could be united under a single roof.

    It was a situation with some rancor. John Ussery was suing for custody of his sons; he claimed that Clyda's desertion to marry Dulaney showed that she was unstable and an unfit mother. One source states the Dulaney relationship was a common-law one. Another says Clyda's divorce was still in progress, and that it was a bitter one. However, there were also accusations of domestic abuse by Ussery.

    Note: Given the mores of the time and place, it may be that other LE personnel extended a sort of professional courtesy to Dulaney regarding the status of his marriage, so as not to embarrass him.

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    Dulaney's departure

    On Sunday afternoon 13 October 1968, Donald Dulaney and his family watched “The Wonderful World of Disney” on television at his apartment. At 8:45 PM, he took them to their trailer home next to Nancy Warren's home; this was some six miles south of Ukiah, on the south end of Burke Hill Road (which roughly parallels Highway 101 on the west). He dropped his wife and stepsons at their temporary home behind the antique store at about 9:30 PM.

    From there, he headed to Sacramento,where he was to attend professional training. He got as far as Route 20, five miles north of Ukiah, when he realized he had forgotten his uniform. He doubled back to retrieve his uniform, then proceeded to Sacramento. He signed in there at the California Highway Patrol Academy at 1:45 AM on 14 October 1968.

    Note: Here a bit of skepticism kicks in. Dulaney works in uniform; he's going to instruction in uniform; yet he forgets the uniform until he is well on his way. Dubious. I instantly began to wonder if this tale wasn't a coverup for his being back in Ukiah when he did not belong there.

    Then too, Google maps rates the drive from Ukiah to the CHP Academy at 2 hours 35 minutes. Given the poorer condition of the roads back then, it may have taken Dulaney perhaps 3 hours travel time. Yet there was 4 hours 15 minutes from the time he said he dropped off Clyda and the boys, until his checkin at the Academy. Makes a body wonder.

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    Thanks for posting burblestein , and welcome to WebSleuths. It does sound fishy. Do you have any links?
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    The murders

    There was a hard rain at about 4 AM on 14 October 1968. At about 7:30 AM on the 14th, 7-year-old Johnny Ussery arose after sleeping late and looked for his eight-month pregnant mother. When he exited the trailer, he found her outside by a small shed, dead. This finding sent him running to his great-grandmother Nancy Warren. When he found her inside her home next door, she had also been murdered.

    Showing grit and composure few of us could match, the 7-year-old boy returned to his family trailer and awakened his younger brothers. He got them dressed and led them off to their nearest neighbors; the boys grabbed their piggy banks fromt he top of the refrigerator as they fled almost a quarter mile tot he south. Plucky Johnny Ussery told the neighboring couple, “Mama and grandma are dead.” The lady of the house called the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff accompanied his deputies to the crime scene. Clyde Warren would also show up.

    Both women were clothed. The cause of death was readily apparent. In both cases, a new leather bootlace had been looped twice around the victim's throat as a ligature, and knotted in back to strangle them to death. Both victims' faces had also been brutally beaten. A pathologist could not estimate the time of death; however, the Sheriff believed that his investigation showed that they had died between 10 PM and midnight of the 13th.The rain had washed away any footprints near Clyda's body.

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    Clyda's former husband was quickly eliminated as a suspect when it was verified that he'd been in Medford, Oregon, at the time of the murders.
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    Media thread for Abby and Libby.


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    The early investigations

    The statistically obvious suspects were soon checked out.

    Officer Donald Dulaney was returned from the CHP Academy via patrol cruiser, arriving back in Ukiah at 4 PM on the 14th. He made phone calls to both families before contacting the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office. After a followup call to again offer his assistance, Dulaney was taken to the courthouse at about 6 or 6:30 PM. As Dulaney was at pains to relate to the local “Ukiah Daily Journal”, he did not stay to sign the first draft of his statement because his traumatized teen daughter needed him. He carefully explained that he had returned the next day to sign a clean draft of the statement, and that he had cooperated fully with the Sheriff. However, one source maintains Dulaney retained a Ukiah lawyer often patronized by LE clients to aid Dulaney in the preparation of the statement to submit to the Sheriff's Office.

    Clyda's ex-husband, John Ussery, was determined by Oregon LE to be in the area of Eugene OR during the murder. When notified of the deaths, he returned to Ukiah and retained an attorney to further his suit for custody of his sons. At 10:30 AM on 17 October, the day of the double funeral, Ussery volunteered to take the children on a fishing expedition to nearby Lake Mendocino. Ussery's lawyer assured the Warrens, with whom the children were staying, that Ussery would return the children after the funeral. The Warrens returned from the burials to an empty house. At 5 PM, Ussery called the MCSO from Medford OR to report the boys were with him, safe and sound. A deputy forwarded the news of the domestic kidnapping to the embittered Warren couple.

    With the two most likely suspects accounted for, and one young witness departed, there were only a few vague leads. During a news interview, during which the Sheriff said he had questioned at least 35 people, he also complained that liberal Supreme Court rulings barred him from detaining a trio of transients. He was apparently referring to what some sources call a trio of purse snatchers who had mugged a Ukiah matron. They were traveling in a white 1958 Plymouth Station Wagon with paper plates. Supposedly, these three men were seen pulling out from in front of the antique shop at 8 AM on the 14th (about the time Johnny led his brothers to the neighbors' home). The trio had a flat tire on Highway 101 south of the antique shop; this allowed a witness to get a second look at them.

    Later that same day, a waitress in Hopland CA saw three men exiting a station wagon. She claimed one said to the others, “We will get away with this one the same as we did in Oregon.” She furnished descriptions of the three men:

    #1: Bright red “average” length (short) hair. 5 feet 9 to 5 feet 10 inches tall, slender build, early 20s.

    #2: Light brown long hair, medium build, early 20s.

    #3: Dark hair, two or three days stubble, 6 feet tall, husky.

    And that is the last mention of the three. They were never arrested, nor even identified.

    Also reported near the antique shop on the morning of the 14th was an old blue pickup truck with five hippies in it. It purportedly left an orchard near the antique shop at about 8:15 AM on the 14th. (Again, about the time Johnny Ussery was leading his brothers to help.)

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    The evidence

    Although a cold driving rain rinsed away footprints and much forensic material from Clyda's body, there were the still the bootlaces used for garrotes to consider. These were characterized as new, but not recently purchased. They were also of an odd length—36.5 inches long. No peculiarities in knotting were mentioned.

    Early on, it was noted that though a cashbox in Nancy Warren's trailer had been pillaged of a minor sum, a glass jar containing $300 was clearly visible on a closet shelf but had been ignored. Later, it became apparent that a jewelry box had been stolen from the same closet. The jewelry box was described as being black lacquer, 5 by 5 by 12 inches, with a pink, green, and rose floral design on its cover. Contents were given as unset diamonds up to half a carat in size; diamond rings; brooches; watches; and pearls. Value was estimated at close to $5,000. A description of the jewel box and its contents were circulated to LE agencies.

    Blood was recovered from under Nancy Warren's fingernails. In those pre-DNA days, the most they could do was type it via the A, B, AB, O system. It turned out to be a different blood type than Dulaney's. By the time DNA analysis was thought of, the blood sample evidence had deteriorated into uselessness.

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    In this link, they are trying to link it to the Manson murders, but the strangulation was not part of the Manson MO. So i don't think that's even a possibility. Just IMO though.

    https://pibillwarner.wordpress.com/2...odiac-murders/
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    Later investigations:

    On 13 January 1969, the “Ukiah DailyJournal” was publicizing a $1,000 reward for the apprehension and conviction of the murderer. A civil suit for wrongful death in the murders was filed on 10 October 1969, to beat the statute of limitations.

    During November 1969, Susan Atkins of the Manson Family bragged about her murderous ways to fellow inmates, who turn her in. By 4 December 1969, the day Atkins struck a deal with prosecutors in Los Angeles, it was reported that the Sheriff was investigating a possible link between Manson Family murders and the Dulaney/Warren slayings. The Sheriff's memory was jogged by seeing a TV newscast. He recalled that Charles Manson had visited Atkins while she was in the Mendocino County jail under a false name. Not mentioned in the source was that the Sheriff may have recognized her face from that occurrence.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tulessa View Post
    Do you have any links?
    I would appreciate the link(s) too...a source is needed for the information posted. Thanks in advance!

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    The Manson Family in Mendocino County

    As early as 28 July 1967, Charles Manson was known to be in Leggett, Mendocino County. That was the day he tried to prevent a deputy from picking up the girl traveling with him. Manson was arrested and sentenced to 30 days suspended sentence and three years probation.

    An advance party of the Manson family in a converted black school bus scouted out the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County as a possible base in early 1968. However, in mid-June they fell afoul of LE. One of the Family dosed an unwitting local Boonville teenager with LSD-25, and his mother called the deputies on the Family. Several of the Family were busted on 22 June 1968 for drug offenses, though most of them gave fake names. Arrested were Mary Theresa Brunner, Susan Atkins (as Sadie Mae Glutz), Stephanie Rowe (Suzanne Scott), Patricia Krenwinkel (Cathran Patricia Smith), and Ella Jo Bailey (Ella Beth Sinder). Atkins caught a 90 day sentence.

    The Mendocino court case carried on until 19 September 1968, less than one month before the double murder. Atkins gave birth on 7 October 1968, and may not have been physically capable of violent crime. However, she did recuperate from her childbirth in Mendocino County.

    In the long run, no one managed to connect the Manson Family with the Dulaney/Warren homicides.

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    burblestein, can you provide links with your posts? It helps those of us reading to do a little investigating. Plus, we must because it's in our TOS, to always provide links.
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    Here's a link that will familiarize you with WS rules.

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...8#post12080508
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    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...5#post13163455

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    Aftermath of the murders

    A MCSO detective would go so far as to search for a large cash disbursement or other evidence that Dulaney had paid a contract killer to commit the murders. No evidence was found.

    Officer Donald Dulaney later remarried, to a single mother 19 years his junior. She had three daughters. In late July 1977, his 16-year-old step-daughter committed suicide by shooting herself in the head with Dulaney's service revolver.

    As late as 1994, the Dulaney/Warren double murder was cited as justification for the Ukiah Police Department running a women's self-defense marksmanship program.

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