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

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  1. JoeFromLB

    JoeFromLB Active Member

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    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-palmdale-cold-case-20150527-story.html

    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.

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    Leslie Long and her family (undated photo)
     
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  3. meanmaryjean

    meanmaryjean Verified RN (Pediatrics Specialty)

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    Wow! Leaving the children motherless - what human scum to have done this.
     
  4. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    1 of 2 Men Linked by DNA to Cold Case Kidnap, Rape, Murder of Palmdale Mother of 3 Pleads Guilty

    http://ktla.com/2016/01/13/1-of-2-men-linked-by-dna-to-cold-case-kidnap-rape-murder-of-palmdale-mother-of-3-pleads-guilty/

     
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    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.
     
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    KayElJay Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    http://www.signalscv.com/section/36/article/149265/
     
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    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    Man pleads not guilty in 1978 murder of gas station clerk - March 18, 2016

    http://theavtimes.com/2016/03/18/man-pleads-not-guilty-in-1978-murder-of-gas-station-clerk/

     
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    Jury deadlocks in 1978 Palmdale kidnap/killing

    http://theavtimes.com/2017/06/05/jury-deadlocks-in-1978-palmdale-kidnapkilling/

     
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  12. JoeFromLB

    JoeFromLB Active Member

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    11-1 in favor of guilty, you can bet they will retry him.

    I was recently on a jury in an attempted murder case where we were deadlocked 7-5 in favor of acquittal. The D.A. is retrying our defendant.
     
  13. Knox

    Knox Wear Pink & Eat Cake ~ Lauren Giddings

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    I hope you're right and the DA retries the case. Thirty years is a long time to wait for justice.
     
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    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    Jim_M Honest American Bison (Buffalo)

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    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    They were both connected through DNA evidence.

    http://ktla.com/2015/05/26/dna-links-two-men-to-cold-case-kidnap-slaying-of-palmdale-mother-of-three/

     
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    Man Convicted in 1978 Kidnapping, Rape and Murder of Mother of 3 in Palmdale

    https://signalscv.com/2017/09/jury-convicts-man-murder-1978-killing/

     
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    https://signalscv.com/2017/11/murderer-sentenced-life-without-parole-cold-case-killing/

    http://theavtimes.com/2017/11/06/man-sentenced-to-life-without-parole-in-1978-killing-of-palmdale-gas-station-clerk/

     

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