The investigation into the violent murder of up-and-coming Hollywood photographer Roland Kuster reached a dead end when detectives’ only suspect was eliminated by DNA evidence. Ultimately a mysterious backpack left at the murder scene would tie the real killer to the crime. On December 1, 1997, DNA testing of that suspect began.
The 1933 kidnapping and subsequent murder of popular, attractive young man Brooke Hart, 22, so angered the people of San Jose, California, that on November 26, a mob over 5000 strong stormed the jail and lynched the suspects.
Meet Kenneth Spangle, 62, sentenced to 262 months in prison for a 2012 bank robbery in Placentia, California. With a stocking over his head, he yelled, waved a fake gun and got about $10,000. He ditched his clothes near the bank, but left his ID with them. When arrested, in disgust he reportedly asked the officer to shoot him.
From our friends at The Daily Dot: In 2009 Jose Barrera’s son, Kevin, 14, was murdered next to the railroad tracks in Richmond, Calif. Last week, Barrera got to relive his death, when he learned that a Google Maps image of the area showed Kevin’s body.
Blame it on an iPhone lost in an airplane toilet (true story), but we at Crime Library are sorry to report we missed the November 12 birthday of one of our most infamous subjects. Charles Manson celebrated his 79th birthday behind bars in the protective housing unit of the Corcoran State Prison. Hopefully, he’s not mad at us.
On November 3, 1998, Wayne Adam Ford walked into the Sheriff’s Department in Eureka, California, with his brother. Ford tearfully broke down and confessed to murdering four women. Deputies might not have known what to believe if it weren’t for the severed human breast he had brought with him in a baggie that had belonged to one of the victims.
On April 21, 1975, using kidnapped-heiress Patty Hearst as a getaway driver, members of the SLA robbed a Bank in California, killing a woman. Hearst would ultimately give up her accomplices, including Kathleen Soliah. When police tracked them down, they did not go without a firefight. A look in photos at the dramatic shootout.
On November 11, 1988, police finally found the source of the stench that had hovered for so long over Puente’s boarding house: The bodies of seven of her missing boarders buried in the yard. The sweet-faced, grandmotherly lady with “sewer problems” had been getting away with murder for years.
Antwane Burrise of Stockton, California, a convicted felon on searchable probation, found out the hard way that there are some things you just don’t want cops to find in your possession when you’re passed-out drunk behind the wheel of your car with the engine running. A fully loaded AK-47, for example.
Sentenced to death on November 5, 1993, for the murders of six women, this San Diego-area serial killer with a stabbing fetish liked attacking his victims in the shower, just like Norman Bates in the horror film Psycho.