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74 year old Dorothy Wiederrich was bound and stabbed to death in her Lodi home on February 12, 2016. Later that year Alan Gregor was also stabbed to death in his home located less than a mile from the Wiederrich residence. Kenneth Vanderford, 52 and Kevin Etherton, 26, both from Stockton, were initially arrested for the Gregor murder after a police photo of a pickup truck, believed to be the murderers escape vehicle, was identified.
My investigation into the crimes found that one of Dorothy Wiederrich’s relatives identified the truck as one that Wiederrich purchased for the boyfriend/husband of her housekeeper. That person was Kenneth Vanderford. Vanderford and Etherton were arrested for the Gregor killing about a year ago and will be arraigned in the Wiederrich case February 13 on the two year anniversary of her death.
I investigated both murders, interviewing relatives and neighbors, in the hope that these apparently random stabbing murders in which the killers got into and out of the victims’ home without being seen or heard, might lead me to the real killer of Leila Fowler.
At this point it seems unlikely that either Vanderford or Etherton was involved in the Fowler case. I say that because I hope that Vanderford and Etherton’s DNA was run through the CODIS data base and did not match the unidentified male DNA found on Leila Fowler’s body.
The following link is for an article on the arrests in the Wiederrich case that appeared in the Lodi Sentinel.
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)
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.