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Arrest made in the Andrea St. John Murder

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.

Screen Shot 05-09-17 at 02.55 PM 001Kenneth Vanderford

(Courtesy Sacramento Bee)

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Kevin Etherton

(Courtesy Sacramento Bee)

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Luckie Dacanay

(Courtesy East Bay Times)

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Arrests made in one of the Lodi, CA stabbing murders, but nothing new in the earlier case.

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 info@johnkennedyinvestigations.com or (916) 487-1670.

 

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A Sad Anniversary

On a hot, sunny Saturday morning three years ago today, Leila Fowler was brutally murdered in her home on Rippon Road in Valley Springs, CA.  Calaveras County believes the killer is behind bars despite the remarkable lack of evidence to support that conviction.

We honor Leila by continuing to search for the real killer and interviews with witnesses we were unable to reach have been conducted as recently as yesterday evening.

If anyone has any information they believe was overlooked or never followed up on please let us know.

 

 

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It can happen anywhere.

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.

WRONG

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.

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Leila Fowler Trial Information

Due scheduling conflicts and continued testing of key physical evidence, the trial date in the Leila Fowler murder case was moved from August 5, 2015 to September 15, 2015.

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The Leila Fowler Murder case is pushed back to August 5th, 2015 to allow for more DNA testing.

The testing of unidentified DNA found on Leila Fowler is taking longer than expected and as a result the start of trial scheduled for May 18th, 2015 was pushed back to August 5th.

All that can be said now is that the DNA does not match any of Leila’s relatives, including the accused killer, her brother Isaiah.

http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/239669/dna-questions-continue-cloud-fowler-case.html

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If Boulder wasn’t ready to handle the Jon Benet Ramsey murder, is any small town ready to handle anything similar?

The following is taken from the following ABC News link: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/police-chief-jonbenet-ramsey-crime-scene-mishandled-29217627?cid=fb_abcn_sf

 

In his most extensive comments on the JonBenet Ramsey case, the formerColorado police chief who led the investigation into the high-profile 1996 slaying of the 6-year-old beauty queen acknowledged online that officers botched the initial handling of the crime scene.

Mark Beckner, former chief of the Boulder Police Department, participated Saturday in an “Ask Me Anything” session on the social-networking and news site Reddit. He told the Daily Camera on Tuesday that he didn’t realize his comments would filter out to the rest of the world.

“I talked to the organizer, and my impression was that this was a members-only type group that talked about unsolved mysteries all around the world,” said Beckner, 59.

JonBenet Ramsey was found dead in the basement of her family’s home on Dec. 26, 1996, after her mother, Patsy Ramsey, called 911 to say her daughter was missing and a ransom note had been found.

In the Reddit forum, Beckner said police should have separated JonBenet’s parents and gotten full statements from Patsy and John Ramsey that day. The case was initially mishandled due to a “perfect storm type scenario,” he wrote.

“It was the Christmas holiday and we were short staffed, we faced a situation as I said earlier that no one in the country had ever seen before or since, and there was confusion at the scene as people were arriving before we had enough personnel on the scene,” he wrote online.

No one has been prosecuted in the case. Court documents released in 2013 show a grand jury recommended indictments against the Ramseys, contrary to the long-held perception that the secret panel ended their work in 1999 without deciding to charge anyone.

At the time, then-District Attorney Alex Hunter didn’t mention an indictment, saying only that there wasn’t enough evidence to warrant charges against the Ramseys, who had long maintained their innocence.

In 2008 — two years after Patsy died — former District Attorney Mary Lacy cleared the Ramseys of any role in their daughter’s death, based on DNA evidence that pointed to the involvement of a third party.

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