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 year ago the Calaveras County Court found Isiah Fowler guilty in the stabbing of his younger sister Leila Fowler. One of the issues in the case and no doubt a part of the judge’s reasoning in the case was the fact that Isiah was the only other person actually known to be in the house at the time Leila was killed. Many neighbors and internet enthusiasts concluded that if no one was seen entering of leaving the house in San Andreas and no screams were heard Isiah had to be the killer.
Since then, in February of this year, Dorothy Weiderrich was found tied up and stabbed to death in her home on the 2300 block of Woodlake Circle in Lodi, CA. As posted a couple of weeks ago, no leads exist in the case. None of the neighbors in this affluent neighborhood of closely packed in homes saw or heard anything. Apparently, DNA testing failed to lead to any arrests. However, the Lodi police have shown a photo of a male to nearby residents. It must be noted that this person was not labeled a suspect at the time his photo was shown to possible witnesses.
Then on Sunday, September 25, 2016 a man was found dead in his house on the 1500 block of West Vine Street in Lodi. He was found when firefighters responded to a fire at that address. When the fire fighters arrived they found the 50 something male already dead. An autopsy (no doubt by the pathologist Dr. Robert Lawrence who is on contract to San Joaquin and Calaveras counties and performed the autopsy on Leila Fowler.) determined that the deceased male died from stab wounds before the fire was set. Again no one saw or heard anything until flames were seen coming from the house and these two murder scenes are within a mile of each other.
For those who declared Isiah guilty because no local residents saw anyone go into or out of the house where Leila was killed you may want to think again. For those who claimed Isiah was guilty because local dogs failed to sound warning barks, you may want to think again.
To the authorities in Lodi, if you have unidentified DNA from either of your crime scenes you may want compare it to the unidentified male DNA found on Leila’s body.
Throughout the Leila Fowler murder investigation and trial, the prosecution relied heavily on the fact that no one saw anyone go into or away from the Fowler house on the morning of Leila’s murder. No one heard any screams either. Therefore, Isiah Fowler (the only person known to have been in the house at the same time) must be guilty. His story of an intruder killing his sister must be false. No one could get into and out of the house without being seen.
For example, on Saturday February 13, 2016 Lodi, CA police were called to a house in a tightly spaced development on the 2300 block of Woodlake Circle, after a relative found the body of 74 year Dorothy Wiederrich. Ms. Wiederrich was stabbed to death. Neighbors did not call the police because they didn’t see or hear anything. Someone got in, brutally killed this woman and then escaped and no one saw or heard a thing.
It happened in Valley Springs, CA. It just happened in Lodi, CA.
It can happen anywhere.