CA - Barbara Nantais, 15, Torrey Pines State Beach, 13 August 1978

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  1. TedMac

    TedMac Member

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    I found this murder victim's name mentioned several times in other victims threads, but could not find one for her. Mods: If there is one open, please eliminate this one.

    After 37 years with few answers, San Diego Police Department (SDPD) detectives may finally have a break – and a person of interest – in the brutal cold case of a 15-year-old San Diego girl killed and mutilated on a beach.
    On Tuesday, SDPD Lt. Manuel Del Toro and other investigators met with loved ones of murder victim Barbara Nantais to give an update on her decades-old cold case.

    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/l...322205442.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_LABrand
     
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  3. Lilibet

    Lilibet Watching and Waiting

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    Here is an article from 2013 about running DNA tests for this case and a similar one. A breast was mutilated on each girl. :(

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/...tml?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

    According to this article from June 2015, there is a link between the two cases.

    http://www.cbs8.com/story/9518002/evidence-links-two-cold-case-murders-at-torrey-pines

    Here is Claire Hough's thread. The plot thickens.
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sh...-Criminologist-Suspect&highlight=Claire+hough
     
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    bessie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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  5. Lilibet

    Lilibet Watching and Waiting

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    This article from 2011 about Barbara's boyfriend is tragic. I hope her killer and his attacker will eventually be arrested, but I'm not sure it will bring him peace. Poor man.

    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com...sive-a-deadly-night-that-has-lasted-33-years/
     
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    "Somebody they've interviewed before I definitely can say that, but I can't say who it is it's someone who has been a suspect in the past and someone with a criminal record that's the good news. I'm just not at liberty to disclose what it is," victim's sister, Lorraine Thall said.

    Police originally thought Nantais's death was related to another murder on the same beach in 1984.

    Detectives have now ruled out any link between the two cases."

    http://www.cbs8.com/story/29831999/new-possible-leads-in-1978-cold-murder-case
     
  8. Lilibet

    Lilibet Watching and Waiting

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    I'm quoting my previous post after doing a little more reading. The linked story I bolded below saying that there is a link between Claire's case and Barbara's is actually from 2008. I wonder why the MSM chose to run it again in June 2015, after Claire's case was supposedly solved in 2014 and Barbara's murder can't be linked two the two dead suspects (one was in prison and the other was living in NM). One of the suspects was a criminalist for SPDP, whose DNA was linked to Claire's murder. There may be a possibility his DNA cross-contaminated the evidence, although SPDP denies that. He committed suicide last fall and his wife is suing SPDP for falsely accusing him, leading to his suicide. See Claire's thread for an exhausting (I mean exhaustive :)) discussion of that.

    So I wonder if the 2008 story linking the two cases ran again in June 2015 to give subtle support to her claim.

    Here is the story from October 2014, saying they are not linked.
    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com...-tatro-hough-nantais-dna-murder-beach-police/

    This is all very strange IMO.

     
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    There seems to be implication that "Victor" may be the Zodiac Killer in your posts on the other site and other WS threads. Respectfully, this guy is still alive and runs businesses in San Diego and New Mexico. I've never seen him viewed as a serious contender for ZK or any other murders, even though his past is interesting. Connecting Brown to him seems irrelevant IMO. Personally, I think we are going where we ought not per TOS. JMO

    Are you saying she is connected to Barbara's murder? Or Kevin Brown?
     
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    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    The case was just featured on 48 Hours:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-torrey-pines-beach-murders-blood-in-the-sand/

     
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    LinasK Verified insider- Mark Dribin case

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    Just watched the 48 Hours program and remembered there were thread(s) here for these cases. Interestingly enough I was in San Diego at the time of both of these murders, had just started UCSD in the Fall of 1978, spent time at Torrey Pines, and never heard of either of these cases. They weren't widely publicized in the news...
     
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    bumping thread.
     
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    I just watched a recorded 'People Magazine Investigates' on this. It's season 2, Episode is 'Blood in the Sand'. It covers Babara's and Claire Hough's cases. Very peculiar. I'm not sure what to think yet. If you have ID channel, it's run recently. If not you can watch it here for $1.99.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncogvhw9xoA&list=ELpEhUERnm7UqHnr5akLQ3nw
     

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