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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.
The town of Coalinga, CA decided to bet it’s future on building a prison. The town lost the bet and the prison sat unused. Nothing was gained but debt to the community. The city council decided to the sell the prison for over $4,000,000.00 to a company in Southern California that grows and produces medical marijuana. Now a place that would have housed offenders of the various marijuana related criminal statutes will in fact be a home to the production of the medical marijuana products. According to the article at the link below at least 100 jobs have already been created. It appears that the ability of municipalities and states to generate cash from marijuana will do more to drive the move to legalize it than anything else.
At long last and despite horrendous fires in Calaveras County the Leila Fowler trial will go forward tomorrow as scheduled.
Although the Leila Fowler trial is scheduled to start on September 15 our immediate concern is for all the people in Amador and Calaveras counties who are already displaced by the Butte fire and who are in danger of becoming displaced. We all hope that things calm down as quickly as possible.