A series of murders that appear to be connected took place in Lodi and Castro Valley from February through December of 2016. The three deaths were all by stabbing, neighbors did not see anyone enter or leave the victims’ homes nor did they hear anything to alert them that an attack was taking place.
As written about earlier, the first victim was Dorothy Wiederrich of Lodi on 2/13/16. The second victim was Alan Karl Gregor, also of Lodi on 9/25/16 and the third victim was Andrea St. John of Castro Valley. St. John was killed on 12/13/16. All were over 50 years of age. All were stabbed to death. All were the victims of a robbery. In the case of the Gregor and St. John murders their homes were set on fire in an apparent attempts to destroy evidence.
In January of this year, authorities announced the arrest of Kenneth Vanderford, 51, and Kevin Etherton, 25, both from Stockton for the murder of Alan Gregor. (See the photos below.) This weekend the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) announced the arrest of Luckie Dacanay, also of Stockton for the murder of Andrea St. John. (See the photo below.) According to the ACSO, St. John was tortured and killed before her house was set on fire. At the time of his arrest, the alleged killer was in already in San Joaquin County Jail for child molestation, although his name does not yet appear on the California Registered Sex Offenders web site.
Amazingly, neither of these cases has lead to an arrest in the Wiederrich case. The cases may be unrelated, but sources inform us that there are some connections between Vanderford and Wiederrich. According to news reports, Dacanay has confessed to the St.John killing.
If anyone saw any of these men in the area of 2315 Woodlake Circle, Lodi, CA on or about 2/13/17 or Valley Springs, CA on or about 4/27/13 please contact me or the San Joaquin County or Calaveras County Sheriffs’ offices.
(Courtesy Sacramento Bee)
(Courtesy Sacramento Bee)
(Courtesy East Bay Times)
I read an article in today’s Sacramento Bee about the Sherri Papini kidnapping case out of Shasta County. (http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article141599034.html) According to the Bee’s article, Papini’s husband Keith was cleared as a suspect when he passed a lie detector test.
A year and a half or so earlier, Isiah Fowler also passed a lie detector test, arranged for by his defense team of Mark Reichel and Steve Plesser. I was their investigator. The test was administered by an individual who actually trains the F. B. I. Calaveras County chose not to accept the results and instead relied on analysis techniques that were deemed inaccurate more than 10 years ago.
It appears that law enforcement gets to utilize polygraph tests only when convenient for them to do so.
On Friday,January 13, 2017, the Lodi Sentinel reported that Lodi Police arrested Kenneth Vanderford, 51, and Kevin Etherton, 25, on suspicion of murder, burglary and arson with great bodily harm in the stabbing death of Alan Karl Gregor Jr. on September 25, 2016. This is the murder that was discovered when the Lodi Fire Department was called to extinguish a fire at Gregor’s home on Vine Street.
This means that the February 2016 stabbing of Dorothy Wiederrich remains unsolved. A television story on KOVR in Sacramento, CA implied that there may have been unidentified DNA found at the Wiederrich crime scene. Given that there was also unidentified male DNA found on the body of Leila Fowler I offered that DNA profile to the Lodi PD. Sadly, I received a polite reply telling me there was no unidentified DNA found at the Wiederrich scene.
This makes me wonder if I asked the wrong question. It is believed that the unidentified DNA found on Leila Fowler’s body is not in the national fingerprint and DNA database known as CODIS, because the source was not convicted of a qualifying felony.
Our concern is that the DNA found on Leila will not be compared to newer entries to CODIS unless a member of the Isiah Fowler defense team remains vigilant and keeps shaking the tree. I did not ask the Lodi PD if they compared any DNA found at the Wiederrich crime scene to that found on Leila’s body, nor did they say whether or not they had done so of their own volition.
In the meantime, if anyone knows any members of Dorothy Wiederrich’s family, please have them contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 487-1670.
Unanimous Decision by the California Supreme Court to searches and uphold the concept of probable cause.
The following article was taken from the 89.3 KPCC web site.
“Police officers may only conduct a search following a traffic stop if they believe there is probable cause a crime was committed, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in a child pornography case involving a bicyclist pulled over for rolling through a stop sign.
Torrance police stopped bicyclist Paul Macabeo in 2012 after following him a short distance with their patrol car’s headlights off. They acknowledged he was not riding erratically and did not try to flee.
Macabeo was arrested after the officers searched his phone and said they found photos of underage girls.
The state’s highest court said that when officers stopped Macabeo, the most they could have done to him was give him a traffic ticket. Because they had no probable cause to arrest him for a crime, they had no cause to search his phone.
“Under these circumstances the search violated the Fourth Amendment,” the justices ruled in their 24-page opinion citing a person’s Constitutional protection against unreasonable searches.
They ordered the case returned to a state appellate court, which was directed to instruct a trial court to suppress any evidence gathered from the phone.
The officers said they searched Macabeo’s phone after he appeared fidgety and told them he wasn’t sure if he was still on probation for a previous crime. It turned out he wasn’t on probation.
When one of the officers asked if he could search through Macabeo’s pockets, the cyclist told him he could. After the officer removed the phone from Macabeo’s pocket, he handed it to another officer, who found the photos.”
Like the Leila Fowler case, someone got into the Wiederrich house and brutally killed a female. No one heard anything or saw anything and seven months later the Lodi Police are asking for the public’s help. Apparently they have DNA evidence and one should wonder if they have compared it to the unidentified male DNA found on Leila Fowler’s body after her stabbing death in nearby Valley Springs, CA.