|Between February 1972 and December 1973, at least
seven young females were murdered in Sonoma County, Calif. Police suspected the same
individual(s) was responsible for all of the crimes and suspects ranged all the way from
Ted Bundy to the Zodiac killer. The cases remain unsolved.
The first victims were Maureen Sterling and Yvonne Weber, teenagers last seen at a Santa
Rosa skating rink on Feb. 4, 1972. Their skeletons were found in a rural area of Sonoma
County almost a year later. Other victims included Kim Allen, Jeanette Kamahele, Lori
Kursa, Carolyn Davis, and Theresa Walsh.
In late 2002, I received an e-mail tip
claiming the infamous serial killer Ted Bundy had worked at this now-abandoned company,
Electro Vector, in Forestville, Cal. during the early 1970s. Forestville is a short drive
from Santa Rosa, where many of the Sonoma County victims were last seen.
If Bundy did work here, it's a significant
detail about the killer's past that somehow managed to escape discovery for several
decades. If you have information about Ted Bundy and Electro Vector, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Redwood Empire Skating Rink in Santa Rosa,
where victims Sterling and Weber were last seen.
Funded by Sonoma County resident and Peanuts
creator Charles M. Schultz (now deceased), the arena was built in 1969.
The snack bar inside the arena. A recent visit
made it quite obvious the arena has changed little over the past 35 years.
The arena certainly seemed to be a safe
environment for kids. If Sterling and Weber met their killer here, he must have fit in
quite well to not arouse suspicion.
The beginning of Franz Valley Road, located in
a very out-of-the-way and secluded area.
An often-scenic area of Sonoma County, Franz
Valley Road doesn't see a lot of traffic from non-residents of the immediate area.
Ed Neil attempts to locate the crime scene at
the edge of the winding road.
Angela Avey, Ed and Bohemian reporter
R.V. Scheide examine the area. Erroneous information contained in police reports and
newspaper articles made it very difficult to determine the exact spot where Sterling and
Weber were found.
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A trail leading to the creek below Franz
Valley Road where the girls' bodies were found.
Conflicting information made it impossible to
determine exactly where the girls were found. However, it wasn't far from this spot.
The creek below Franz Valley Road.
R.V. spotted this extremely old and rusty
R.V. holds the shovel. We couldn't help but
wonder if it had been used by the killer.
Ed and Angela are joined by Sandy Betts at the
final resting place of Maureen Sterling and Yvonne Weber.