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  1. #1
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    CA - Thor Christianson, 1976-79

    I did a search and could not find anything on this person -


    Thor Nis Christiansen was a California serial killer and necrophile who was convicted of killing 3 white female hitchhikers in Isla Vista, Calif. and one African-American woman in Los Angeles, all with a .22 caliber shot to the head and sexually violated after death. His fifth victim survived the gunshot wound to the head, and was able to escape. She recognized him in a bar three months after the attack, and summoned police, who quickly figured out that Christiansen was responsible for the Isla Vista murders.

    On July 27, 1979, Christiansen, then 21, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder in Santa Barbara, and in June 1980 he pleaded guilty.
    On March 30, 1981, Christiansen was stabbed to death in Folsom State Prison, receiving seventeen stab wounds. His killer was never identified.
    Known Victims:
    Murdered - Jacqueline Anne Rook, Nov. 20, 1976, aged 21 - Isla Vista
    Murdered - Mary Ann Sarris, Dec. 6, 1976, aged 19 - Isla Vista
    Murdered - Patricia Marie Laney, Jan. 18, 1977, aged 21 - Isla Vista
    Murdered - Laura Sue Benjamin, May 26, 1979, aged 22 (body found, Los Angeles)
    Attempted Murder/Survived - Prostitute picked up from Los Angeles who he shot in Hollywood Hills

    In the youtube video below: Serial Killer - Thor Christiansen: The Hitchiker Slayer, it was asked if Christiansen could have killed more victims - (39:00 mark) - the answer from the LE being interviewed said 'YES' - Christiansen moved to Oregon and there had been murder cases there which fitted his timeline and the way he killed. Police could never get out of him where in Oregon he was during those 22 months.
    Christiansen also mentioned to a friend he went/wanted to be a long haul truck driver - which he may have done when he moved to Oregon.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2L9mGAIbJw"]Serial Killer - Thor Christiansen : The Hitchiker Slayer - Documentary - YouTube[/ame]

    I was wondering if you know of any Cold Cases which would fit Christiansen's timeline: between 18th January 1977 - 7th July 1979 (arrest date).
    I also wonder about victims that may not have been found, or were found after this date and were UID's in California or Oregon.

    He picked up Hitch Hikers and had been frequenting known street sex work area looking for girls.
    He shot girls in the head
    He sexually assaulted them after their death
    He would dump them from the car along the roiadside - later dumping his last victim in a dam in a secluded area.
    He used a .22 caliber pistol he had stolen for 3 of the murders.

    Other sources on Thor Christiansen
    [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor_Nis_Christiansen"]Thor Nis Christiansen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]


  2. #2
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    These were some names of the Missing female listed in NAMUS in Oregon between 1977 and 1979.
    The last woman* listed is older and her circumstances are different, but I thought I would add her to the list.

    Karen Lee
    Karen was last seen at home on May 26, 1977.
    She left home with a male companion and planned to hitchhike to California.

    Cindy King
    - Date last seen: July 19, 1977
    Josephine County, Oregon
    15 year old white female
    Cindy was last seen on July 19, 1977. When she was last seen, she was wearing a retainer. Cindy's ears are pierced. She has a small scar near her right temple.

    Roxanne Sims
    Multnomah County, Oregon
    18 to 19 year old white female
    Date last seen: December 31, 1977
    Sims has been missing from the Portland area since approximately 1977.

    *Irin Meyer
    Curry County, Oregon
    29 year old white female
    Date last seen: July 20, 1979 00:00
    Irin Meyer was last seen during the day on 07/20/1979 either at her campsite in Harris Beach State Park or at McKay's Market in Brookings. Her tent containing belongings and her cat were located in the park by park staff when she failed to check out of the park. Her vehicle was found abandoned in the parking lot of Whaleshead Beach State Park about 5 miles north of Brookings on 07/29/2012. Investigation failed to produce any significant leads that would explain what happened to Irin.

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