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#40) Other cases

(Note: This was copied from a cache file on Zoominfo.com. This was from the original Laci Peterson file from the crimenews2000.com website which no longer exists. I did not write this report or chapter and have not seen it before today. I am posting it as an effort to restore the original Laci Peterson case report from internet oblivion.)

Laci Peterson Case Information:

Others: The “Other Cases” Victims

 

Judith Adams (Judith Lea Adams) Former resident on Beckwith Road in Salida; abducted on Easter morning, sexually assaulted and murdered at the age of two—a case cited by Les Weidman as one that personally haunts him and which he uses as an example to detectives working cold cases: “I still believe it’s solvable”; mentioned in a November 26, 2004, Modesto Bee article about the Laci Peterson case and other famous cases in central California

Christina Alberts (Christina Renee Alberts) Former resident of Kanawha County, West Virginia; murdered in 1998 when she was eight months pregnant; often mentioned alongside Laci and Conner Peterson by supporters of “Laci’s Bill” in West Virginia

Reyna Alvarado-Carerra Teenage girl believed to have been kidnapped by a stranger; cited in an editorial in The Daily Telegram that compared the small amount of news coverage given her story in comparison to the Natalee Holloway and Laci Peterson cases; resident of Norcross, Georgia

Kim Ancona Cocktail waitress fatally stabbed about eight times at the age of 36 at approximately 2:00 a.m. on December 29, 1991; body found nude in the men’s restroom of the CBS Lounge in Phoenix, Arizona, where she had apparently been cleaning; allegedly a victim of sexual offender Kenneth Phillips, charged with sexual assault in the case after DNA testing cleared Ray Krone, originally charged with the murder and sentenced to death; linked to the Laci Peterson case in an October 18, 2004, Modesto Bee article about wrongly accused persons

Theresa Andrews Former resident of Kent, Ohio; victim of history’s most infamous abduction of a pregnant woman; abducted on September 27, 2000, at the age of 23; shot to death in the back by Michelle Bica, who then performed a crude but successful Caesarian section operation; linked to Laci Peterson case because of pregnancy; mentioned in a March 3, 2003, Modesto Bee article about the Laci Peterson case

Joie Armstrong (Joie Ruth Armstrong) Yosemite naturalist; murdered at the age of 26 by Cary Stayner, who also killed Carole Sund, Juli Sund and Silvina Pelosso; had decapitated body found in a drainage ditch

Robin Armtrout (Roberta Armtrout) Woman stabbed to death at the age of 24; had nude body found on the east bank of Potter Creek near Linden; one of the victims charged to Loren Herzog, although he was found not guilty by a jury deciding the case

Anthony Bass (Anthony Robert Bass Jr.) Atwater resident who disappeared on October 29, 1995, at the age of 18, after telling friends that he and a neighbor, Joel Wedge, were going fishing at Lake Donnel; dropped off at a baseball field in Chowchilla according to contradictory story given by Joel Wedge to authorities; believed by his family to have been murdered; featured in a January 9, 2003, article in the Modesto Bee about Laci Peterson and other unsolved missing-person cases in the Modesto area

Pegye Bechler (Pegye Jann Bechler) Former resident of Newport Beach; former president of GerCare physical therapy company; disappeared on July 6, 1997 at the age of 38, in a reported boating accident; husband Eric Bechler arrested for murder October 30, 1999, and later convicted; related to Laci Peterson case in New York Post article on May 11, 2003

Beverly Bedsole (Beverly Lynn Bedsole) Pregnant Alabama woman killed by a reckless driver also charged with murder in the death of her unborn child; central figure in an incident that had ties to the Laci Peterson case and the subsequent push toward laws protecting the unborn

Taylor Behl (Taylor Marie Behl) Student at Virginia Commonwealth University who disappeared at the age of 17 on September 5, 2005; had remains discovered on October 6, 2005; had case that drew comparisons to the Laci Peterson case because of the amount of media coverage

Susan Bender (Susan Robin Bender) Modesto resident who disappeared on April 25, 1986, at the age of 15; last seen getting into a green van outside the Greyhound bus depot at 10th and G streets in Modesto; investigators stated they have information indicating that she was murdered; featured in a January 9, 2003, article in the Modesto Bee about Laci Peterson and other unsolved missing-person cases in the Modesto area; web site: http://www.missingchildreninternational.org/cases/bender-susan-robin/

Charles Bolter Waterford cattle rancher who disappeared in December 1972, a few weeks after he apparently was bilked of $30,000 by men he told police had threatened to kill him; had truck found parked along Highway 132 east of Waterford with the keys still in the ignition; according to family members, was despondent over the loss of the money and may have committed suicide

Elaine Bunyard Former nurse’s aide in Manteca; in 1981, killed by Earlin Popham, who was paid $1,000 by her husband, Jerry Bunyard, in a case that was the first test of the California fetal murder law

Paul Cavanaugh (Paul Raymond Cavanaugh) Drifter found shot to death at the age of 31; had body discovered in a car on a remote road on Roberts Island on November 27, 1984; later determined to have been killed by Loren Herzog and Wesley Shermantine

Michelle Chan Pregnant resident of Fremont; reported missing in October 1999; returned home a week later saying she needed time alone, then disappeared again a week later; subject of unsolved case; linked to Laci Peterson case because of pregnancy; mentioned in a March 3, 2003, Modesto Bee article about the Laci Peterson case

Hester Chandler (Hester Lee Chandler) Woman who disappeared on September 12, 1974, at the age of 60, shortly after withdrawing $9,000 from bank accounts; featured in a January 9, 2003, article in the Modesto Bee about Laci Peterson and other unsolved missing-person cases in the Modesto area

Stephanie Charnell 22, Florida woman who suffered a miscarriage after an accident in which a truck driven by Donnie Clayborn, admittedly impaired by methamphetamines, struck the vehicle in which she was a passenger—a case once considered to be the first test of that state’s law to protect unborn children, but not pursued by prosecutors because the accident happened prior to the official implementation of the revised statute; stated that she was disappointed that Clayborn would not have to face the more serious manslaughter charge: “It’s one thing if he just lost control of his car and crashed, but this was his fault”

Zayne Charnell Unborn child of Jared and Stephanie Charnell; victim of an accident in which a truck driven by Donnie Clayborn, admittedly impaired by methamphetamines, struck the vehicle in which Stephanie Charnell was a passenger

Tina Conde Murder victim; apparently abused, poisoned, abducted, and finally shot by her husband, Lobo Conde; 24-year-old mother of a 6-year-old boy at the time of her 2003 disappearance; had remains discovered in a shallow grave in Rio Bravo, Mexico; according to her mother, Sandra Triggs, had case ignored by law enforcement and the media because of not having the “right social standing” like Laci Peterson and others; according to investigators, left “voluntarily” with her husband; former resident of Estherville, Iowa

Jacqueline Cooper Woman who disappeared on November 13, 1976, at the age of 27, shortly after withdrawing $4,000 in cash from her bank; featured in a January 9, 2003, article in the Modesto Bee about Laci Peterson and other unsolved missing-person cases in the Modesto area

Dennis Colwell Resident of Salida killed in 1990 at the age of 35 in a case that Scott Peterson’s defenders used to show that ritualistic killings had occurred previously in central California

Aundria Crawford (Aundria Lynn Crawford) Cuesta College student reported missing on March 12, 1999, at the age of 20; remains found buried in a remote canyon near Avila Beach near the rented home of convicted sex offender Rex Krebs; linked to Laci Peterson case because of common connections to Cuesta College and California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo; web site: http://www.murdervictims.com/CAH/aundria_crawford.htm

Stephanie Crowe Girl stabbed to death at the age of 12 in her Escondido home—a crime that investigators initially pinned on her brother, Michael, and two of his friends until Richard Tuite became the prime suspect; subject of fax sent by Lee Peterson to Capt. Greg Savelli, apparently suggesting that investigators botched both the Stephanie Crowe case and the Laci Peterson case by focusing too soon on a suspect close to the victim; related web site: http://www.courttv.com/trials/tuite/; related web site with Lee Peterson’s fax: http://courttv.com/trials/peterson/docs/dadletter.html

Gina DeJesus 15, Girl who disappeared in 2004; mentioned in an August 3, 2005, Canton Repository editorial bemoaning the lack of coverage given to certain missing persons compared to Laci Peterson; resident of Cleveland

Susan Driscoll Woman found dead on February 25, 2003, at the age of 55, along Carmel coast, sparking false rumors that Laci Peterson’s body had been recovered; had body promptly identified by Monterey County Coroner’s Office; likely a victim of accidental drowning

Daniel Driver Convicted child molester; victim of Ellie Nesler, who shot him five times in the neck and head while he was in a Jamestown courtroom for a preliminary hearing after being accused of sexual assaults on her son and three other children; mentioned in a November 26, 2004, Modesto Bee article about the Laci Peterson case and other famous cases in central California

Dolores Dye New Orleans woman murdered on September 20, 1984, at the age of 60; shot while putting groceries into the trunk of her red Ford LTD in a grocery store parking lot; linked by defense proponents to the Laci Peterson case because her murder was the only documented case of attorneys basing their defense on a theory that their client was framed for a murder: a police informant named “Beanie” allegedly shot her but planted evidence framing Curtis Kyles in exchange for informant payment and a desire to be with Kyles’ common-law wife; victim of unsolved crime, as Kyles, originally sentenced to death, received a new trial after a 1995 U.S. Supreme Court order and was eventually released after three successive mistrials, and “Beanie” died before being charged

Angelina Evans (Angelina Joy Evans) Pregnant (8 months) resident of Stockton who disappeared on May 21, 2001, at the age of 26; last seen at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Fruitridge Road and Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento; linked to Laci Peterson case because of pregnancy; related web sites: NCMA and NAMP

Patty Fansler Calpella woman found bleeding from a gunshot wound on March 9, 1999; pronounced “neurologically dead” on arrival at Ukiah Valley Medical Center; determined to have been shot by ex-boyfriend Harold Taylor, who according to witnesses, ran from the scene, but who later claimed he accidentally shot Fansler when the two struggled over a gun he had brought there to threaten her into paying back money he was owed; during autopsy, revealed to be pregnant, resulting in Taylor being charged with double murder, a conviction that was first overturned in 2002 by California’s First District Court of Appeal, but reinstated on April 5, 2004, by the California Supreme Court

LaToyia Figueroa 24, Employee of T.G.I. Friday’s; became a cause célèbre for media fairness after many editorials argued that missing nonwhites were being ignored, spurring Philadelphia-area bloggers to organize an e-mail campaign; shortly after her disappearance, became the top photo on the FBI’s missing-persons web site; five months pregnant at the time of her disappearance; last seen July 18, 2005, near the home of her boyfriend, Stephen Poaches, the reported father of her unborn child; accompanied by Poaches to an appointment with her obstetrician on the day she was last seen; according to Poaches, likely left because of “stress”; officially reported missing on July 21, 2005; mother of a 7-year-old daughter, Izhanae Williams, fathered by high school sweetheart Anthony Williams; daughter of murder victim Ann Taylor, who had her throat slashed in 1985 at the age of 22; in April 2005, victim of an attempted robbery by a woman who pulled her jacket and kicked her in the stomach; also referred to as “Latoyia Figueroa,” “Latoya Figueroa” “La Toyia Figueroa,” “LaToya Figueroa,” and “LaToyia Figeroa”; former resident of Philadelphia

Semon Francis Turlock convenience store clerk murdered in 1997 by Michael Bell, who was successfully prosecuted by Birgit Fladager; killed in a robbery that netted Bell $261

William French Newman resident last seen in 1985 preparing for a camping trip; had camping gear loaded into a vehicle, but his body was not recovered; featured in a January 9, 2003, article in the Modesto Bee about Laci Peterson and other unsolved missing-person cases in the Modesto area

Genna Gamble (Genna Lyn Gamble) Modesto resident determined to have been stranged by her stepfather, Doug Mouser, who dumped her nude body in a ravine near Waterford; had body recovered in Dry Creek on October 14, 1995; related to the Laci Peterson case because Mouser was prosecuted by Rick Distaso; in a July 29, 2005, Modesto Bee article, referred to as “Jenna Gambel”

Bonnie Gamboa Wife of Richard Gamboa; murdered in 1980 by Mary Fry, in a case cited by Richard Breshears as the most haunting of his career; duped by Fry, who had posed as a photographer to gain access to Gamboa’s home before murdering her, and leaving with her body and her baby; had baby safely recovered after a tip led authorities to Fry; mentioned in a November 26, 2004, Modesto Bee article about the Laci Peterson case and other famous cases in central California

Richard Gamboa Bonnie Gamboa’s husband; killed himself eight years after his wife was murdered; mentioned in a November 26, 2004, Modesto Bee article about the Laci Peterson case and other famous cases in central California

Santiago Garcia Gustine resident murdered in 1999 by Terry Dustin, who had indictment for capital murder overthrown by appeals court because prosecutor Rick Distaso had instructed the court reporter to leave during part of the grand jury proceedings in violation of state law—an event mentioned in a June 10, 2003, article in the Modesto Bee in regard to the question of the legality of discussing the wiretaps of Scott Peterson without a court reporter present; had decomposed body found June 3, 1999, along the Delta Mendota Canal southwest of Newman

Sherie Graves (Sherie Ann Graves) Modesto resident who stayed with her husband in various trailer parks and motels in south Modesto; reported missing by her mother in 1992, although detectives estimated she disappeared 4 years earlier at the age of 33; featured in a January 9, 2003, article in the Modesto Bee about Laci Peterson and other unsolved missing-person cases in the Modesto area

Stephan Gray Merced Police Department officer shot to death on April 15, 2004; mentioned in a November 26, 2004, Modesto Bee article about the Laci Peterson case and other famous cases in central California

Dianna Green Woman who was violently assaulted in her apartment on September 30, 1979; after being attacked, lost the full-term female child she was carrying, suffered brain damage and fell into a coma; testified against her husband, Kevin Green, stating that they had quarreled after she refused to have sex because of her pregnancy; later proven to have been the victim of serial killer Gerald Parker, who confessed to the attack after DNA tests of sperm found in the victim matched him; linked to the Laci Peterson case in an October 18, 2004, Modesto Bee article about wrongly accused persons

Gwendel Greenblatt 35-year-old native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, found murdered on February 5, 2003, in her West Palm Beach, Florida, apartment; focus of efforts by her mother, Barbara Piotrowski, to organize a campaign to give the case greater coverage in the wake of major stories such as the Laci Peterson and Natalee Holloway cases

April Greer Pregnant woman slain in 2003 at the age of 20 by her then-boyfriend, Jerry Stuart; case related to Laci Peterson case because the death of her unborn child—described by the medical examiner as “a fully developed female child”—was not recognized by North Carolina, which had no fetal murder law in place; former resident of North Carolina

Lori Hacking (Lori Kay Soares Hacking) Assistant stock broker; subject of intense missing-person case that drew comparisons to the Laci Peterson case because of statements that she and Mark Hacking had a “perfect marriage” until the time he was charged with murder; reported missing on July 19, 2004, at the age of 27; had remains discovered on October 1, 2004; according to Mark Hacking, shot to death by him, then disposed of in a trash bin; former resident of Salt Lake City, Utah

Veronica Hands Daughter of Pennsylvania state representative Harold James; murder victim; murdered while eight months pregnant in 1987; stabbed multiple times by an attacker who broke into her apartment and who was charged with murdering both her and her unborn child—the second count found unlawful because it preceded Pennsylvania’s Crimes Against the Unborn Child Act

Jeanine Harms (Jeanine Sanchez Harms) Resident of Los Gatos; disappeared on July 27, 2001, at the age of 42; last seen about 10:00 p.m. leaving the Rock Bottom Brewery at the Pruneyard Shopping Center in Campbell with Maurice Xavier Nasmeh; reported missing on July 30, 2001; linked to Laci Peterson case because of proximity of disappearance; web site: http://www.findjeanine.com/

Evelyn Hernández Pregnant theater student and Costco employee found dead sans fetus along the waterfront of San Francisco Bay on July 24, 2002, at the age of 24; reported missing approximately a week after she was last heard from; presumed by police investigators to have gone off to have her baby alone and, therefore, not subject of a police news conference until a month after her disappearance; possibly last spoken to by friends or family on May 1 or May 2, 2002, since police asked anyone who saw her at around 9:00 p.m. on May 1 (when she spoke to her sister Raina) and 6:00 a.m. on May 2, to contact them; linked to Laci Peterson case because of pregnancy, location of body and possible date of disappearance presumably coinciding with a day of “blood sacrifice” among some “satanic” followers, although the time in question, April 30–May 1, is Walpurgisnacht—not satanic per se in origin but with similarities to the more-familiar Hallowe’en—and the pagan Beltain

Alex Hernández 5-year-old son of Evelyn Hernández, reported missing the same time as his mother, but not found with her

Grace Ho Woman shot in the back on January 17, 1999, by boyfriend William Gain, former boyfriend of Laci Peterson; resident of Port Orchard, Washington, at time of shooting; later relocated to the San Francisco Bay area

Natalee Holloway Graduating honor student at Mountain Brook High School; participated in a senior trip to Aruba, where she was reported missing, having last been seen on May 30, 2005; had case that drew comparisons to the Laci Peterson case because of the amount of media coverage; resident of Birmingham, Alabama; web site: Natalee Holloway

Henry Howell Santa Clara man shot to death at the age of 41; had body recovered on California Highway 88 near Hope Valley in September 1984; one of a string of victims of Loren Herzog, convicted of being an accessory to murder in the case

Tamika Huston 24, Former waitress; seeking employment at the time of her disappearance; subject of a Dateline NBC report that discussed the apparent disparity of media coverage among missing-person cases and which noted that “the cable news channels can’t seem to get enough of Laci”; reported missing on May 31, 2004, after mother Gabrilla Simehehe, aunt Rebkah Howard and other family members became concerned and were unable to locate her during a weekend search; last seen on May 27, 2004; had her wallet, credit cards, driver’s license, cell phone, uncashed paychecks and dog, Macy, found left in her apartment—the dog apparently having given birth to a litter of puppies while Huston was gone; within a week after being reported missing, had her vehicle found abandoned but with a set of keys that led investigators to an apartment that reportedly had no connection to the case, but which that later admitted contained a significant amount of Huston’s blood and which was being lived in by acquaintance Christopher Hampton; called “an amazing young woman” by Howard; tried out for American Idol; resident of Spartanburg, South Carolina; believed by authorities to have been killed by Hampton, arrested on August 12, 2005; web site: Tamika Huston

Doris Inzunza Resident of Rancho Cordova; disappeared on August 25, 1997, at the age of 42; vanished from her home in the middle of the night; mother of four; cofounder of Sacramento Survivors of Stalking, which she started after meeting three coworkers with similar backgrounds in her company lunchroom; previously stalked by ex-husband, who was convicted in 1994 of stalking her and violating a restraining order, and later by a former boyfriend, who had also been ordered to stay away from her and who was investigated but not charged in the case; linked to Laci Peterson case because of proximity of disappearance

Natise Johnson Pregnant woman murdered in 1999 by Kareem Sampson; nine months pregnant when shot to death, leading to Sampson being charged with two counts of murder under the Pennsylvania Crimes Against the Unborn Child Act; former resident of West Philadelphia

Sally Johnson (Sally Ann Johnson) BART Employee and student at San Francisco State; disappeared on July 26, 1997, at the age of 27; remains found the following day floating in the Richmond Bay by a woman walking her dog; linked to the Laci Peterson case because of location of body

Evelyn Jones Resident of Modesto; reported missing on December 5, 2002, at the age of 45, last seen in October 2002 at Fourth Street Park; linked to Laci Peterson case because of proximity of disappearance

Howard King Drifter found shot to death at the age of 35; had body discovered in a car on a remote road on Roberts Island on November 27, 1984; later determined to have been killed by Loren Herzog and Wesley Shermantine

Polly Klaas Daughter of Marc Klaas; abducted and murdered at the age of 12 by Richard Davis; mentioned in a November 28, 2004, Modesto Bee article concerning the Scott Peterson jury having to consider the death penalty

Jone Knapton (Jone S. Knapton) Woman who disappeared at the age of 46 from her East Moline, Illinois, home on July 4, 2003; had her torso and limbs recovered from the Green River, north of Geneseo, Illinois, on July 10, 2003; according to her sister Lisa Mickelson in a February 22, 2004, Moline Dispatch article, had a death that was “the exact same crime, regardless of who did it, detail by detail” as that which befell Laci Peterson, but with no suspects in the case

John Latham Sr. (John Harvey Latham Sr.) Jackie Peterson’s father; tire shop and salvage yard owner in San Diego; killed at the age of 36 as he left his shop after 9:00 p.m on December 21, 1945 (various accounts say December 20, December 22, December 23, or December 24,1945); according to Anne Bird, found dead on December 24, 1945, under the Coronado Bridge; murdered by 28-year-old Robert Sewell, a laborer recently fired from the business, who was convicted and sentenced to life in San Quentin Prison, where he died in 1951; web site: http://www.findlaci2003.us/latham-documents1.html

Ruth Leamon (Ruth Ann Leamon) Modesto resident who disappeared at 8:45 p.m. on August 19, 1982, at the age of 16; told her guardian she was going to a nearby store for a Coke; featured in a January 9, 2003, article in the Modesto Bee about Laci Peterson and other unsolved missing-person cases in the Modesto area; web site: http://www.missingchildreninternational.org/cases/leamon-ruth-ann/index.html

Chandra Levy Modesto native; daughter of Bob and Susan Levy; victim of unsolved crime; onetime intern with the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons; had an affair with Gary Condit, former U.S. Representative from California and a client of Mark Geragos—a relationship that helped Dennis Cardoza defeat Condit in the 2002 primary election; last seen on April 30, 2001, at the age of 24, at the Washington Sports Club; reportedly sent e-mail message to her parents on May 1, 2001; remains found in Rock Creek Park on May 22, 2002; linked to Laci Peterson case because her disappearance, along with the Yosemite murders committed by Cary Stayner, brought international notoriety to Modesto; born on the day that Laci Peterson’s remains were found—a fact that Sandra Belanger claimed was predicted by Levy from beyond the grave

Rochelle Mackey Pregnant woman found shot to death on July 11, 2005, in a crime for which her boyfriend, Conroy Hayes, was later charged with one count of muder; had case that could have tested California’s fetal-murder laws, but did not: prosecutor John Somers elected not to seek a second charge of murder for the death of Mackey’s unborn child; eight weeks pregnant at the time of her death; former resident of Bakersfield

Michael Madden Modesto resident who disappeared on August 13, 1996, at the age of 20, after leaving his Modesto home for a fishing trip to Sand Bar Flat along the middle fork of the Stanislaus River in the Tuolumne County high country; believed by his family to have been murdered; featured in a January 9, 2003, article in the Modesto Bee about Laci Peterson and other unsolved missing-person cases in the Modesto area; mentioned in a February 18, 2003, Modesto Bee article about Wings of Protection

Gayle Marks Resident of Stockton; disappeared on October 18, 1988, at the age of 18; worked as waitress at Rick’s New York Style Pizza; last known location was at Department of Motor Vehicles on Park Street; believed to be going to visit a friend who lived in the area; known serial killers Loren Herzog and Wesley Shermantine were considered suspects in disappearance; linked to Laci Peterson case because of proximity of disappearance; web site: http://www.angelfire.com/ca2/GayleMarks/

Alice Martel Manager of a Burlingame bank who was killed in October 2002 at the age of 31 during a robbery of the bank; mother of two sons; killed by Seti Scanlan, tried at roughly the same time as Scott Peterson and likewise facing the death penalty, causing an unusual amount of potential jurors to be brought to the San Mateo Government Center

Nancy Mehta Wife of Zubin Mehta; supposed victim of embezzlement by Geragos and Geragos client Susan McDougal, who was acquitted

Zubin Mehta Conductor; husband of Nancy Mehta; supposed victim of embezzlement by Geragos and Geragos client Susan McDougal, who was acquitted

Tracy Melton (Tracy Diane Melton) Resident of 700 block of North San Joaquin Street in Stockton; disappeared on May 6, 1998, at the age of 32; last seen when she left for an appointment at a methadone clinic in Stockton; linked to Laci Peterson case because of proximity of disappearance

Ladonna Milam (Ladonna Milam) 49, Hacienda Hotel and Casino porter/maid; allegedly murdered and dismembered by Perry Monroe in Boulder City, Nevada, in June 2003, linked to Laci Peterson case because of dismemberment, “stranger killing” and connection to central California

Jerry Milam (Jerry Don Milam) 54, Ladonna Milam’s husband of 9 years; stated about his late wife: “She was a bundle of joy—I’d get up in the morning and choke down coffee and she’d be singing”; stated about Perry Monroe, accused of his wife’s murder: “I want this guy to pay the ultimate price”

Rebekah Miller (Rebekah Rachel Miller) Transient who disappeared on October 15, 2002, at the age of 33; last seen around 3:00 a.m., searching in waste bins (“Dumpsters”) with her boyfriend in the 800 block of Oakdale Road, about twelve blocks from Scott and Laci Peterson’s home; left her wallet, back pack and other personal items where she was last seen; linked to Laci Peterson case because of proximity of disappearance

Kristen Modafferi Former student at North Carolina State University; relocated to California while planning to take a summer photography class at University of Califorina-Berkeley; worked at Cafe Museo at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and at Spinelli’s Coffee Shop in the Lands End area of San Francisco; disappeared on June 23, 1997, at the age of 18, the day before she was to begin taking classes; last seen leaving Spinelli’s Coffee Shop; linked to Laci Peterson case because of location of disappearance and similarities in appearance (“dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, distinctive dimples”); along with Kristin Smart, mentioned in The Murder of Laci Peterson, which pointed out that she had “an almost identical first name except for the spelling”; alternately referred to as “Kristen Modiferri”; web sites: http://www.modlink.com/kristen/home.htm and http://www.findkristen.com/

Martha Moreno (Martha Isela Moreno) Woman killed on April 20, 2002, at the age of 29 while 6 1/2 months pregnant—a crime for which Gilberto Cano, her boyfriend at the time, was convicted of second-degree murder after a plea bargain; had case that drew comparisons to the Laci Peterson case; mentioned in a March 23, 2003, Modesto Bee article; former resident of Modesto

William Nesler Son of Ellie Nesler; alleged victim of convicted child molester Daniel Driver, shot to death by Ellie Nesler before standing trial; in 2004, accused of the beating death of David Davis; mentioned in a November 26, 2004, Modesto Bee article about the Laci Peterson case and other famous cases in central California

Rachel Newhouse Student at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo; disappeared on November 12, 1998, at the age of 20; last seen leaving Tortilla Flats restaurant in downtown San Luis Obispo; remains found buried in a remote canyon near Avila Beach near the rented home of convicted sex offender Rex Krebs; linked to Laci Peterson case because of connection to California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo; web site: http://www.hallontheweb.com/rachel/

Maria Pacheco (Maria Dolores Pacheco, nee Rosales) Woman reported missing on July 8, 1996 at the age of 31; opened a bank account with cash two days prior to her disappearance; failed to show up for work and has never picked up her paycheck; had her abandoned vehicle recovered in the 2000 block of Seattle Street, a few blocks away from where she was reportedly last seen; separated from her husband; linked to Laci Peterson case because of proximity of disappearance; resident of Modesto

Darlene Paris Woman killed in 1990 at the age of 23 in a case that Scott Peterson’s defenders used to show that ritualistic killings had occurred previously in central California; had photo of her mother, Janice Keson, included with September 14, 2003, article in the Modesto Bee that explored the case in connection to the Laci Peterson case; former resident of Salida

Brandy Parker Woman murdered on July 27, 2005, while eight months pregnant, in a case that spurred talk of enacting a fetal-homicide law in Alabama

Silvina Pelosso Exchange student who disappeared February 15, 1999, at the age of 16, while visiting Yosemite National Park with Carole and Juli Sund; had body recovered March 19, 1999, burnt beyond recognition in the trunk of a charred rental car; victim of Cary Stayner; former resident of Argentina

Lottie Porter (Lottie May Porter) Alabama woman killed in a November 2002 vehicular accident in Perdido, Alabama; pregnant at the time of her death, prompting a Baldwin County grand jury to indict a truck driver on two manslaughter charges in a case that had implications for Alabama’s legislature considering a fetal-protection law

Dena Raley-McCluskey Resident of Modesto; daughter of Bill Raley; stepdaughter of Donna Raley; disappeared on October 10, 1999, at the age of 36; had her abandoned 1987 Nissan Stanza found on October 13, 1999, in the 2000 block of Oakdale Road in northeast Modesto; last seen by her boyfriend, Mark Keough, who reported her missing on October 13, 1999, and has reportedly refused to be interviewed by detectives or to submit to a polygraph test; former clerk for Stanislaus County courts; in The Murder of Laci Peterson, called a “tiny, green-eyed woman” who was in “an abusive relationship,” reflecting a February 18, 2005, story in the Modesto Bee that called her a “green-eyed slip of a woman who weighed less than 100 pounds” and who was in a “volatile relationship” with Keough; according to Sgt. Al Carter, engaged in a “risky” lifestyle that made her case difficult to investigate; according to the Modesto Bee, that lifestyle included “heavy drinking, associating with people with criminal backgrounds, and filing and then recanting domestic violence charges” against Keogh; linked to the Laci Peterson case because of proximity of disappearance; also referred to as “Dena Raley McCluskey”; web site: Dena Raley-McCluskey

Renee Ramos Manteca woman raped and murdered in 2000 at the age of 18; had remains left in a construction site for The Home Depot; mother Donna Ramos later commented on the emotions of families involved in murder trials

Frank Raper Resident of Salida killed in 1990 at the age of 51 in a case that Scott Peterson’s defenders used to show that ritualistic killings had occurred previously in central California; the unofficial leader of a group that had broken away from the Gerald Cruz-led Order of the Lion and who were subsequently murdered

Raye Rapoza Resident of San Mateo County killed on October 26, 2002, at the age of 34 when her husband, Eddie Rapoza, drove the family off a 150-foot cliff at Moss Beach and into the Pacific Ocean; linked to the Laci Peterson case because of the victim’s pregnancy, charges being brought against a spouse and Eddie Rapoza’s incarceration at Maguire Correctional Facility

Tehani Rapoza 4-year-old daughter of Eddie and Raye Rapoza who died eight days after her father drove the family off a 150-foot cliff at Moss Beach and into the Pacific Ocean in an investigation linked to the Laci Peterson case because of the victim’s pregnancy, charges being brought against a spouse and Eddie Rapoza’s incarceration at Maguire Correctional Facility

Kerry Repp (Kerry Michele Repp) Daughter of Ron and JoeAnn Johnson; 29-year-old Oregon woman shot to death in May 2004 while three months pregnant; mentioned along with Laci Peterson when Ron Grantski testified before Oregon’s House Judiciary Committee in February 2005 to argue for legislation that would make it two crimes to attack a pregnant woman and kill or injure her unborn child

Richard Ritchey (Richard T. Ritchey) Resident of Salida killed in 1990 at the age of 25 in a case that Scott Peterson’s defenders used to show that ritualistic killings had occurred previously in central California

Alicia Ross Murder victim; disappeared on August 17, 2005, at the age of 25, in a case in which her boyfriend, Sean Hine, was falsely accused by the media; former resident of Ontario, Canada

Monica Sanchez Pregnant murder victim; killed on September 4, 2005, in a case for which her boyfriend, Jorge Gurrola, became the first person charged under Arizona’s “Laci Peterson Law”

Heather Sargent (Heather Fliegelman Sargent) 20-year-old pregnant woman stabbed 47 times by her husband, Roscoe Sargent, on January 4, 2003; inspiration, along with Laci and Conner Peterson, for Maine’s debate on a fetal-homicide bill; former resident of the Rainbow Trailer Park in Bangor, Maine

Jonah Sargent Heather Sargent’s 34-week-old unborn child, killed when she was fatally stabbed by her husband, Roscoe Sargent; inspiration, along with Laci and Conner Peterson, for Maine’s debate on a fetal-homicide bill

Jan Scharf Resident of Cameron Park reported missing by her mother on May 18, 2002, at the age of 45, after not reporting for work; emergency room nurse at University of California-Davis; last seen on May 14, 2002, after returning home from a 12-hour shift; legally separated from but sharing a residence with husband, Glyn Scharf; had her Ford Explorer found abandoned at 24-Hour Fitness in Folsom; had told El Dorado Sheriff’s Department she believed her husband was poisoning her with heart medication; Gregory Brown of the El Dorado Sheriff’s Department stated, “She told me she became sick at work, her coworkers were concerned, she was having some dizzy spells…They talked her into lab work, and it ended up showing a type of drug that she was not taking in her system”; linked to Laci Peterson case because of proximity of disappearance; web site: http://hometown.aol.com/jscharfismissing/

Audrey Seiler University of Wisconsin student; faked her own abduction in a case that drew comparisons to the Laci Peterson case because of the amount of media coverage

Christine Sexton-Stuart (Christine Marie Sexton-Stuart) Turlock resident last seen on April 17, 1989, at the age of 36, talking to a man in the Office Cocktail Lounge parking lot at 118 South Center Street in Turlock; her car was found 10 days later submerged in a canal near Turlock Lake; investigators stated they believed she was murdered, but her body was not recovered; featured in a January 9, 2003, article in the Modesto Bee about Laci Peterson and other unsolved missing-person cases in the Modesto area; web site: http://www.stanislaussheriff.com/crimebulletin/missing/sexton/

Marilyn Sheppard Woman murdered in 1954 in one of the most famous cases of the 20th century; wife of Sam Sheppard, accused and convicted of her murder, then later acquitted after a retrial was ordered; compared to Laci Peterson because of pregnancy, notoriety and sudden, widespread belief in husband’s guilt, partially because he was believed to be having an affair

Howard Simmons (Howard Lee Simmons) Modesto resident who disappeared in 1981 at the age of 39; told his wife he was driving to a hospital in Livermore; had car found by investigators 3 weeks later in Livermore; believed by authorities to be a victim of foul play; featured in a January 9, 2003, article in the Modesto Bee about Laci Peterson and other unsolved missing-person cases in the Modesto area

Alice Sin (Alice Nga Lai Sin) Former Diablo Valley College student; pregnant (4 months) resident of Pinole who disappeared on November 21, 1999, at the age of 21, just two days before her son’s first birthday; had car recovered three days later in the parking lot of a Pinole shopping center; had body recovered January 24, 2000, in the desert near a dirt road off Interstate 80 in Churchill County, Nevada, near several 9 millimeter shell casings; apparently died from four gunshot wounds; subject of unsolved case, although Pinole Police Department Commander John Miner said the case is still active, with Sin’s boyfriend, Raymond Wong, a “primary suspect”; daughter of Oakland’s Wah Sin, 59, who was granted temporary custody of grandson Raymond Wong Jr. while his father was imprisoned; ashes in memorial at Rolling Hills Memorial Park in Richmond; linked to Laci Peterson case because of pregnancy; mentioned in a March 3, 2003, Modesto Bee article about the Laci Peterson case

Kristin Smart (Kristin Denise “Roxy” Smart) Former speech communications major at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo; last seen about 2:00 a.m. on May 25, 1996, at the age of 19, when she was walking back to her dorm room in the company of fellow student Paul Flores; reported missing by her roommates three days later; subject of anonymous letter received by local newspaper shortly after her disappearance that stated her body was dumped in Lopez Lake, but her remains were not recovered; had apparently tenuous link to Scott Peterson that resurfaced after Laci Peterson’s disappearance—a link that Denise Smart wanted to investigate; former resident of Stockton; web sites: http://www.sonofsusan.com/, http://www.findkristinsmart.org/ and http://www.fix.net/~sloso/missing.html

George Smith Man dubbed the “missing groom” after disappearing in early July 2005 from a cruise ship while on his honeymoon in the Mediterranean Sea; became a notable exception to the widespread charge that mainstream media outlets focus only on missing persons who are young, attractive, white women

Vanessa Smith (Vanessa Dawn Smith) Resident of Winton last seen taking a walk the evening of May 31, 1997, at the age of 15; had walking stick she carried for protection from dogs recovered along the roadside on Mercedes Avenue, approximately 200 yards east of her home on Winton Way; Winton Middle School student; linked to Laci Peterson case because of proximity of disappearance; web sites: http://www.angelfire.com/ca3/VanessaDSmith/, http://www.missingchildreninternational.org/cases/smith-vanessa-dawn/index.html and http://www.co.merced.ca.us/sheriff/missingvsmith.html

Steven Stayner Famous kidnapping victim; kidnapped in Merced on December 4, 1972, at age 7 by Kenneth Parnell and held for more than seven years before a heroic 1980 escape; inspired I Know My First Name is Steven, an NBC miniseries that aired in 1989, the same year he died at age 24 in a motorcycle collision with a hit-and-run driver in Merced; ironically, the brother of convicted murderer Cary Stayner; mentioned in a November 26, 2004, Modesto Bee article about the Laci Peterson case and other famous cases in central California

Bobbie Jo Stinnett Missouri woman who was killed in December 2004 by an assailant who stole her nearly full-term fetus—a case sometimes mentioned along with the Laci Peterson case as one that helped to put a human face on unborn victims of violence

Carole Sund Murder victim; disappeared February 15, 1999, at the age of 42, while visiting Yosemite National Park with her daughter and a family friend, Silvina Pelosso; had body recovered March 19, 1999, burnt beyond recognition in the trunk of a charred rental car, a red 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix; victim of Cary Stayner; had husband, Jens, who led search for her, based at Modesto hotel; had Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation founded in honor of her and her daughter; former resident of Eureka

Juli Sund Daughter of Carole Sund; disappeared February 15, 1999, at the age of 15, while visiting Yosemite National Park with her mother and a family friend, Silvina Pelosso; had body recovered near Lake Pedro on March 25, 1999; victim of Cary Stayner; had Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation founded in honor of her and her daughter; erroneously referred to as “Julie Sund” by the Modesto Bee; former resident of Eureka

Andrew Swanson (Andrew Paul Swanson) Unborn child of Tom and Lolita Swanson; victim of an accident in which a vehicle driven by suspected drunken driver Spencer Erbschloe struck Lolita Charnell’s car

Lolita Swanson 39, Eight-months-pregnant woman who lost her baby following an October 18, 2005, accident in which suspected drunken driver Spencer Erbschloe crashed his vehicle into her car—a case that prosecutors considered to be the first real test of Florida’s amended statutes protecting unborn children; resident of Winter Park, Florida

Erik Telen (Erik J. Telen) Deputy with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department; at the age of 26, fatally shot inside a rural home in Dunlap after responding to a report of a suspicious person; survived by his wife, Shelley, and three young children: daughters Bethanie and Brooke, and a son born posthumously; associated with the Scott Peterson case because his accused killer’s defense attorney also employed a change-of-venue survey from Stephen Schoenthaler; web site: http://www.camemorial.org/htm/telen01.htm

Mark Ulrich Murder victim; murdered in 1967 at the age of 17 by William Fain, who stopped his car and shot him to death before raping two teenage girls with him; mentioned in a November 26, 2004, Modesto Bee article about the Laci Peterson case and other famous cases in central California; former resident of Knights Ferry

Cyndi Vanderheiden Apparent crime victim; disappeared on November 14, 1998, at the age of 25; last seen leaving Linden at about 2:00 a.m.; Loren Herzog and Wesley Shermantine convicted in 2001 of her murder, but body never recovered; linked to Laci Peterson case because of proximity of disappearance; mother Teresa Vanderheiden commented in a June 7, 2004, Modesto Bee article on Sharon Rocha facing her daughter’s accused killer; former resident of Clements; web site: http://www.cyndisearch.com

Cesar Villa Man shot to death at the age of 18 in a drive-by shooting for which Alejandro Alvarez was accused but acquitted in December 2003; case related to the Laci Peterson case because of allegations brought by Veronica Alvarez, mother of the accused, against Det. Al Brocchini

Mary Vincent Runaway from Las Vegas who became a victim of Larry Singleton; in 1978, raped and mutilated at the age of 15 in Stanislaus County’s Del Puerto Canyon; subsequently married and divorced three times, learning of Singleton’s release from prison on the day of her second wedding; mother of two; in 1998, testified against Singleton in the penalty phase of his trial for murdering a Florida prostitute

Brenda Vitale Wife of Daniel Horowitz; found slain on October 15, 2005, at the age of 52, in a murder case that ultimately reunited two of the primary television commentators on Scott Peterson trial: Horowitz and Gloria Allred

Chevy Wheeler (Chevelle Yvonne Wheeler) Stockton girl who disappeared October 16, 1985, at the age of 16; alleged victim of Wesley Shermantine, with whom she had planned a day trip to Valley Springs after skipping classes at Franklin High School

Liana White Clerk in the neo-natal intensive care unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital; reported missing on July 12, 2005, at the age of 29; pregnant at the time of her disappearance; mother of Ashley White, born in 2001; had husband who was a person of interest in the disappearance and later charged with her murder; had story that drew many comparisons to the Laci Peterson case; owner of tan Ford Explorer, found abandoned in a parking lot just blocks from her home, with her purse, shoes and cellular phone scattered nearby; had body recovered on July 18, 2005, by a search party led by her husband; former resident of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Timmy White Kidnapping victim; abducted in 1980 at the age of 5 by Kenneth Parnell; escaped with the help of Steven Stayner, another of Parnell’s victims, in a case that inspired I Know My First Name is Steven, an NBC miniseries that aired in 1989; mentioned in a November 26, 2004, Modesto Bee article about the Laci Peterson case and other famous cases in central California

Debi Whitlock (Deborah Ann Whitlock) Woman murdered in her home in 1988—a crime that many believed had been committed by her husband, Harold Whitlock, until 1999, when Scott Fizzell confessed to the murder; on January 12, 2003, case cited by Jackie Peterson as indicative of the good it could do to post missing-person fliers, noting that an informant called the police, finally moved to share the information he kept for 11 years because he was reminded of what he knew every time he saw a poster asking for information in the case. “That’s why we have to get these posters into every pizza parlor and on every pole; Maybe someone will finally call police and spill their guts about who really took Laci”

Twila Wiley Pregnant woman found dead on August 7, 2003, in a remote area of Konarcik Park near Waterloo, Illinois; presumably died from a single gunshot wound to the head in a crime for which her husband, James Wiley, was later charged

Johanna Williams Woman shot to death by her ex-husband, Brett Williams, on June 10, 2002; linked to Scott Peterson case because Brett Williams had his trial delayed numerous times—in some cases, to allow Mark Geragos to take care of proceedings in the Scott Peterson trial; former resident of Pasadena

 

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