CA - Man arrested in 1973 cold case murder of Stanford graduate

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  1. Earth

    Earth Active Member

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    Where on Earth was this guy for 45 years?

    Also, it might just be because of the dates and locations of his victims, but I started to get a chill down my spine and wondered if he might possible be the Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murderer, or at the very least committed some of them. If there is usable DNA, could it perhaps be compared?

    I really hope that this discovery will lead to closing several more cases. But we need more than hope.
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    "What pushed John A. Getreu’s to murder? With Getreu now tied to two slayings, in 1973 and 1974, California authorities are reconstructing his backstory. Getreu, 74, attracted no police attention between 1975 and 2018. But there’s a good chance he might’ve committed crimes between those years, says Rick Jackson, a retired Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective who now serves as a cold case investigator with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

    “It’s hard to rein in that impulse if you’re enjoying what you’re doing,” says Jackson, whose work helped lead to charges filed this month against Getreu in one of the ’70s murders. “And he enjoyed what he was doing.”

    But why did he enjoy what he was doing? Jackson says police don’t yet know. That’s why they’re looking beyond California and the ’70s cases.

    They’re even going back toward 1963, when Getreu murdered the 15-year-old of a U.S. Army chaplain an American military base in Germany. As told in this space days ago, that victim was the sister of the current pastor of a church in Sunnyland. Investigators are looking at that case and the ’70s slayings to seek a common motive, as a way to perhaps find similarities with other unsolved homicides."

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