On November 26th 1960, Beverly Allan (19) and Larry Peyton (19) were teenagers who had driven to a lovers lane retreat in Forest Park, Portland Hills to enjoy themselves, when their lives were cruelly snatched away. Larry Peyton was discovered the following evening in the front seat of his car - a victim of 23 stab wounds and a blow to the head. He had fought valiantly for his life, with blood spattered inside and outside the car. A bullet tract was found on the passenger side front window, a black men's sock on the road nearby, 18 inches of green nylon cord was discovered lying behind the car, and lastly, a small pen knife had been placed on the hood of the car. Beverly Allan was missing - a part of her ripped blouse was discovered under her boyfriend's body, her handbag containing money resided on the floor, her jacket was spattered with blood on the front seat and her smashed glasses lay outside on the floor, all testimony to the savagery of the crime. Sadly, the girls body was discovered one and a half months later, on Monday January 9th 1961 west of Portland, lying off a highway slope. She had been strangled.
In 1968, Edward Jorgensen and Robert Brom were convicted of the murders, although doubts lingered over their involvement in the Allan/Peyton double murder - and despite both receiving heavy life, plus 25-year sentences, both were released by the Oregon Parole Board after serving just fractions of their original sentence. Edward Jorgensen was released after three years and Robert Brom four years later.
Phil Stanford, author of the book The Peyton-Allan Files released in October 2010, has linked Edward Edwards into this crime. Edward Wayne Edwards was a convicted serial killer and himself an author of a book, entitled The Metamorphosis of a Criminal - in which surfaced the mentioning of killing to procure slaves for the afterlife.
John Cameron, a retired detective, has also examined the timeline of the 1956 murders of Patricia Kalitzke (16) and Lloyd Duane Bogle (18) in Great Falls, Montana, while also believing that Edward Wayne Edwards is likely the infamous Zodiac Killer. The couple had parked in a lovers lane off Wadsworth Park, Great Falls, Montana. Bogle was executed with two bullets to the back of his head and was discovered with his hands tied, face down, just feet from his car. In similar fashion to the Allan/Peyton double murder, Patricia Kalitzke's body was found the following day, several miles away, again killed in execution style. Both double slayings bore similarities, with neither suggesting that robbery was a motive.
"An inmate who particularly stands out in my mind was the man who killed a deputy sheriff. When the posse found him hiding out in an outhouse, he told them "You can't convict me because I swallowed the evidence." He had swallowed the bullets. This demented individual showed an overwhelmingly interest in science fiction and Egyptian literature. He believed that anyone he killed would be his slave in the next life. He was generally disliked and distrusted by the other inmates. I personally felt that he was one of the most deranged and potentially dangerous persons in the prison. You never knew when he was going to erupt.
Unfortunately, this inmate idolized me, for the simple reason that I had earned the respect of the population- something, deep down, he desperately wanted to do. He had an uncanny knack for making your skin crawl. Today, when I think about all the different types I met in that excuse for a penitentiary, this man remains my most uncomfortable memory". PDF page 230. Edward Edwards always denied involvement in the Allan/Peyton murders and died of natural causes at Columbus Medical Center in Ohio on April 7th 2011.
These crimes involving couples on a lovers lane, shot and stabbed, with a bullet through the windscreen, along with nylon cord found in close proximity to the car at the Portland Hills murder scene and the binding of both victims at Great Falls, opens up many further questions.