It's a tragic case of two young sweethearts who had traveled to a remote beach on June 4th 1963 for a spot of sunbathing, but it was to have devastating consequences. The following day their bodies were discovered in shack close to the beach, one placed on top of the other. In the shack police found several lengths of pre-cut cord, several boxes of Winchester Western Super X long rifle ammunition and strewn matches, along with scorch marks to the shack, indicating there may have been an attempt to set fire to the shack, once the bodies had been placed there.
The modus operandi of this crime has inevitably drew parallels to the Zodiac Killer and the attack on Bryan Hartnell and murder of Cecelia Shepard just over six years later at Lake Berryessa on September 27th 1969, but is the comparison justified and could the killer be one and the same.
The most unusual aspect of this crime is the killer's need to have hauled each victim a distance of 30 feet. That is 60 feet in total through rough terrain, not an easy task by any means, suggesting the killer was in physically good shape or there was more than one assailant. Why not just leave the scene of the crime immediately. What was the purpose of dragging the couple to the shack, to imply concealment, then supposedly set fire to the shack to alert the whole area to the location. The positioning of the bodies in the shack with Linda Edwards breasts exposed seems to indicate a signature, to illicit an effect of shock value when they are eventually discovered, however after all that, the killer then decides to burn everything which seems to nullify that premise. If he or they were attempting to destroy evidence, it ultimately failed, so why did they just leave the boxes of ammunition and rope behind. Why would a killer carry boxes of ammunition to commit a crime, a couple of clips would have sufficed or was he already there when Robert and Linda arrived. There are many unusual aspects of this crime that take some explaining.
In the Los Angeles Letter mailed by the Zodiac Killer on March 13th 1971, he stated "This is the Zodiac speaking Like I have allways said, I am crack proof. If the Blue Meannies are evere going to catch me, they had best get off their fat asses + do something. Because the longer they fiddle + fart around, the more slaves I will collect for my after life. I do have to give them credit for stumbling across my riverside activity, but they are only finding the easy ones, there are a hell of a lot more down there. The reason I'm writing to the Times is this, They don't bury me on the back pages like some of the others."
One possibility exists that this was a personal crime, most victims are known by their killer. The couple could surely have been followed to this location or the killer/killers had knowledge of their whereabouts. Whoever it may have been could have parked alongside the Pontiac and proceeded to the location with murder on their mind. Knowing the area well, it was convenient to place the bodies in an exact location frequented by George Gill and other hobos and even more convenient to leave behind unspent ammunition boxes and pieces of rope by the shack to throw suspicion in a particularly staged direction. The bodies could have been concealed without all the effort of dragging them 60 feet and placing them in the tiny shack, unless you were centering the focus to this particular spot for a reason. Whatever the case, hopefully John Averitt, along with everyone else with close ties to Robert Domingos and Linda Edwards, eventually get the justice they deserve, in a case that has remained unsolved for far too long.
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