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Morbidology the Podcast – 02: The Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Killer

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Over the course of two years in the early 1970s, Santa Rosa, California, was terrorized by an unidentified serial killer. He was dubbed the “Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Killer” because his victims were girls and young women that had been hitchhiking.

The killer was never identified but suspects were plentiful including the infamous Zodiac Killer and Ted Bundy.

Sources:

  • San Francisco Gate – 7 July, 2011 – “Ted Bundy a Suspect in Sonoma County Cold Cases”
  • Press Democrat – 29 December, 1972 – “Remains of 2 Bodies Found in Franz Valley”
  • The Press Democrat – 29 July, 2011 – “40-year-old Mystery”
  • The Press Democrat – 27 April, 1972 – “The Pain of Kim Wendy Allen’s Mother”
  • The Press Democrat – 8 March, 1972 – “Slain Woman was Tortured”
  • The Press Democrat – 14 March, 1972 – “Sheriff Puts 10 Detectives on Kim Allen Case”
  • Press Democrat – 12 March, 1972 – “The Search for Her Killer”
  • The Press Democrat – 12 March, 1972 – “The Search for Her Killer”
  • The Press Democrat – 28 July, 2011 – “Jeannette Kamahele”
  • The Press Democrat – 27 April, 1972 – “Hitchhiking SRJC Coed is Missing”
  • Daily Independent Journal – 28 April, 1972 – “20-Year-Old Girl Is Missing”
  • The Press Democrat – 17 December, 1972 – “13 Year Old Dead Girl Identified”
  • The Press Democrat – 28 July, 2011 – “Sonoma County Trail of Death”
  • The Press Democrat – 26 December, 1972 – “Secret Witness – Can You Help Solve a Crime?”
  • The Press Democrat – 18 August, 1973 – “Murdered Girl Identified”
  • “The Press Democrat – 1 August, 1973 – “Another Slain Girl Found East of SR”
  • The Press Democrat – 28 August, 1973 – “Strychnine Killed Carolyn”
  • Fort Collins Coloradoan – 3 August, 1973 – “Man Quizzed about Deaths of 5 Girls”
  • The Press Democrat – 28 July, 2011 – “Sonoma County Trail of Death”
  • http://www.cohopartnership.org/MarkWestCreek.html
  • The Press Democrat – 9 January, 1974 – “Miranda Woman Said Sonoma Murder Victim”
  • The Press Democrat – 30 December, 1973 – “Another Slain Girl”
  • The San Bernardino County Sun – 10 January, 1974 – “Murdered Woman Identified”
  • The Press Democrat – 17 January, 1974 – “Secret Witness – Officials Seek Killer of Woman”
  • The Press Democrat – 23 April, 1975 – “Is Zodiac Slaying Young Women?”
  • “Death Machine” letter sent to the San Francisco Chronicle
  • The Press Democrat – 24 April, 1975 – “Shocking Theory in Zodiac Case”
  • San Francisco Chronicle – 26 January, 1989 – “Ted Bundy Suspected in Santa Rosa Killings”
  • San Francisco Gate – 7 July, 2011 – “Ted Bundy a Suspect in Sonoma County Cold Cases”

Audio Sources:

Ever Mindful – Kevin MacLeod

Dark Tranquillity – Anno Domini Beats

“Zodiac Killer Real Voice – Police Say Calls Never Traced”

“Boys Beware – Stranger Danger Hitchhiking – CharlieDeanArchives / Archival Footage”

“Ed Kemper Interview 1984 1/2”

“1989 Special Report – The Execution of Ted Bundy”

 

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Gloria Susan

My heay aches for those young souls and it’s sad they nevet found the killer

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Naomi McNally

This was a great episode. I am a big fan of Morbidology Podcast. I just wish you posted weekly :’( I can’t wait another week.

So sad for all the girls and their families. I had always thought it was Ted Bundy but after this episode I am not too sure any more….

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