The Sonoma Co-Ed Killer

Also known as the Santa Rosa Hitch Hiker Murders, they were murders of apparently (at least) seven young females in the Santa Rosa, Sonoma County area of California, north of the San Francisco Bay Area. They took place between 1972 and 1974.

I have been asked for years by many people to investigate this string of tragic killings, but I have always been reticent due to my belief in the grapevine that they had been morally solved long ago. Any investigation I had done was of the named prime suspect. It was not of the circumstances and CS details of the killings.

With Cold Case you do not investigate first. You analyze that which has been compiled first. As I await more info on my EAR/ONS POI, I am intensively analyzing these string of serial murders. Hopefully, by summer, if necessary, there can be some on site investigating.

In any case, hopefully my analysis will help understand the case and lead to some evidence. I will post information here.


Analysis has indicated there is enough justification for the current (though not popularized) theory that more than one killer was involved. I am not speaking of an accomplice, but that the victims are collectively the result of two separate killers, each with a distinct MO. Three victims are linked in the sado-masochistic way in which they had been bound and, in two cases, known to have been “raped.”

In the next post I will introduce the clues and patterns to support the two killer theory.

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress. 


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