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Thread: CA - Russell Goudy Jr, 14, murdered hitchhiking from Huntington Beach, July 1977

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    CA - Russell Goudy Jr, 14, murdered hitchhiking from Huntington Beach, July 1977

    Russell Goudy Jr. was a 14 year old student at Los Altos high school in Hacienda Heights, California. He was seen by various friends hitch hiking to Huntington Beach on July 16, 1977. He was later seen trying to get a ride home, but never arrived. His parents reported him missing and three days later on July 19, his body was found in Glendora, Ca. along with another 13 yr old. He was nude and had cigarette burns to his body.

    The only thing I have been able to find was
    1. ABOLISH Archives, 1 March, 2004 to Present: NEWS:-TEXAS, C
      ... the killings of 14-year-old Russell Goudy Jr. of Hacienda Heights and 13-year ...
      venus.soci.niu.edu/~archives/ABOLISH/oct04/2341.html - 29k
    The site is no longer accessible. I contacted Glendora police but they said they didn't handle the case. I contacted LA police but never heard back from them. Any suggestions?
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    Anyone?
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    wow!Is it because the case is so old glendora police are not handling the case or what?

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    They said that they had never heard of the case and my emails to Los Angeles PD have went unanswered. I didn't see a PD for Hacienda Heights alone. A friend of this boys is going to email me a picture of him to post.
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    I think he may have been a victim of the "freeway killer" William Bonin. I found out that he was convicted of murdering Thomas Lundgren, the other boy who was found around the same time as Russell. Here is a cached version of the article I poste above. They thought he might have been a victim of this guy, but then dismissed it.


    CALIFORNIA:

    Murder suspect's 3rd trial set for November----Previous convictions
    overturned on appeal


    Robin Samsoe never arrived for her ballet lesson that June day, 25 years
    ago.

    Nearly 2 weeks later, the 12- year-old Huntington Beach girl's remains
    were found in a ravine in the foothills above Sierra Madre.

    Now a Monterey Park man convicted and sentenced to death twice for her
    killing will be tried a 3rd time by Orange County prosecutors. Rodney
    James Alcala's previous convictions were overturned on appeal.

    "We've been going through this for years. There's no light at the end of
    the tunnel,' said Samsoe's mother, 61-year-old Marianne Connelly of Norco.
    "I've lived in this hellish nightmare for 25 years.'

    Los Angeles County prosecutors await their turn with Alcala. They'v e
    charged him with the Dec. 16, 1977, rape and slaying of a woman in Malibu.
    And detectives consider him a suspect in several Southland killings in the
    1970s.

    It was DNA evidence that tied Alcala to the 1977 death of Georgia Wixted.
    27-year-old Wixted was attacked and killed in her Malibu home.

    Alcala is also a suspect in the deaths of 3 to 4 other women in the
    Southland between June 1977 and July 1979, according to Detective Cheryl
    Comstock of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau.

    They are waiting to see if there's a DNA match on the other cases, she
    said. She declined to discuss details of the other killings.

    Alcala remains at the Men's Central Jail in Santa Ana. Although his case
    is set for a Nov. 1 trial, officials said it may be next year before the
    trial starts. His defense attorney recently died and he needs to be
    assigned another.

    "We have every confidence this time that justice will be done,' said
    Orange County Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy.

    The June 20, 1979, killing of Samsoe sent Alcala to Death Row twice but
    both times the courts overturned the convictions. The California Supreme
    Court reversed his 1st conviction and death sentence because prosecutors
    told the jury about Alcala's prior sex offenses.

    After the 2nd conviction, a federal judge said Alcala's defense attorney
    in the second trial was ineffective in presenting his alibi by excluding
    several witnesses.

    The defense argued Alcala couldn't have been at Huntington Beach on the
    day Samsoe was last seen because he was at Knott's Berry Farm looking for
    work as a photographer. But a worker who said Alcala might have been there
    wasn't called to testify.

    The U.S. 9 th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the judge last summer.
    The appeals court also ruled Alcala wasn't helped by the defense not
    investigating the crime scene.

    Now the former freelance photographer and composing room typist for a Los
    Angeles news paper faces a 3rd trial. When she heard, Connelly couldn't
    believe that it was true. She plans to attend as she did for the previous
    trials.

    "The reason I'm there is because I'm representing Robin. She's not just a
    number or a caseload,' she said.

    It's not the 1st time Alcala has been considered a suspect in other
    Southland murder cases.

    Because of the Samsoe case, detectives in 1979 looked at Alcala as a
    possible suspect in the killings of 14-year-old Russell Goudy Jr. of
    Hacienda Heights and 13-year-old Thomas Lundgren of Reseda.

    Goudy was last seen preparing to hitchhike from Huntington Beach to
    Hacienda Heights on July 17, 1977. His nude body turned up 2 days later
    above Glendora.

    Lundgren went missing May 28, 1977. His stabbed body was discovered in the
    mountains above Malibu.

    Their ages were close to Samsoe and they were also dumped in remote
    mountain areas. Plus, like Samsoe, Lundgren was approached by someone who
    wanted to take his picture. But detectives dropped Alcala as a suspect
    because of the lack of evidence.

    Connelly hasn't slept right in months.

    "I have nightmares when I see her die, see him chop her up and I wake up
    in a cold sweat,' she said. "I'm scared to go to sleep because I don't
    want to dream any more.'
    (source: Pasadena Star-News)
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    Maybe try the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teonspaleprincess View Post
    I think he may have been a victim of the "freeway killer" William Bonin. I found out that he was convicted of murdering Thomas Lundgren, the other boy who was found around the same time as Russell. Here is a cached version of the article I poste above. They thought he might have been a victim of this guy, but then dismissed it.
    I think William Bonin was in custody (either in Atascadero or Orange County) [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Bonin"]William Bonin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:WilliamBoninFreewayMugshow.jpg" class="image"><img alt="" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/ff/WilliamBoninFreewayMugshow.jpg"@@AMEPARAM@@en/f/ff/WilliamBoninFreewayMugshow.jpg[/ame] when Russell Goudy was murdered. Someone on a local news website for Glendora thought that he might have been a victim of Randy Kraft (which was how this got my attention, because I had read a lot about Kraft and not heard about Russell until now).

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    Its been 34 years since Russell's murder. I noticed that he was last seen in Huntington Beach, CA (for some reason, I had thought that he was last seen in Glendora, where his body was later found). At least two of Randy Kraft's known victims were originally picked up/last seen alive in Huntington Beach -- Joseph Fancher (his first known and only surviving victim, who was coincidentally about the same age as Russell Goudy Jr) and Robert Wyatt Loggins Jr. Randy Kraft also smoked cigarettes during the time he was active as a serial killer and many of his victims were burned with cigarette lighters (I'm not sure about actual cigarettes).

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