12.21.68 "He states he saw two cars parked near the entrance to the pumping station. He stated the car parked nearest was a 1955 or 1956 station wagon, boxy type, neutral in color. The other was parked to the right and abreast of the station wagon. The cars were about ten feet apart. He stated he could not give a description of the make or color of the other car".
 12.24.68 "He definitely saw two cars, a station wagon and another vehicle, parked approximately three or four feet to the right of the station wagon. He did not see anyone in the cars or around them. He stated as he traveled approximately one quarter of a mile beyond, he thought he heard a shot".
James Owen was correct, his journey to Benicia that night meant his headlights would have illuminated that portion of the turnout, however, he was unable to illuminate us in any great detail concerning the second vehicle, despite giving us a fairly good description of the Rambler station wagon only 10 feet to its left. Often overlooked, because the eyewitness was not named, it is apparent he gave us a further statement revealing crucial details about the killer's car that night - details that may have implications on the role of the white Chevrolet Impala that night and possibly the number of assailants connected with the murders.
On page 6 of the police report it states the time window of Stella Borges (Medeiros) and James Owen in the top left corner, indicating the possible time of the attack at 11:14 pm -11:20 pm. It names Stella Medeiros as the person who discovered the crime, the location of the crime, the likely firearm used (JC Higgins auto/pistol), but most importantly in the section labeled 'Vehicle used by suspect(s)' it states "Unknown. Witness observed dark car, lacking in chrome, not large and not compact." Unknown; referring to the make, however, the witness described the suspect vehicle as dark. The only eyewitness that saw two vehicles in the turnout that night was James Owen, so it couldn't be anybody else between 11:14 pm-11:20 pm other than Stella Medeiros, and she clearly stated on page 20 of the police report "She saw only one car at the scene. It looked like a Rambler, grayish in color, it had a chrome rack on the top." Therefore, James Owen was the witness to the description of the assailant's vehicle on page 6.
Is it possible this vehicle and the Chevrolet Impala are one and the same, and somehow connected to the crime?
So, let us review the details of the night. A white Chevrolet Impala is sitting idle, free of occupants in the Lake Herman Road turnout in the minutes around 10:00 pm, observed by Robert Connelly, Frank Gasser and Bingo Wesner, on a cold night in December, where the temperatures dipped to a low of 22 degrees Fahrenheit. William Crow was chased by a vehicle along Lake Herman Road, he would later recall as a light colored Chevrolet with possibly two Caucasian males. Both these eyewitness testimonies 75-80 minutes precedent to a double homicide. A vehicle, 'dark in color', observed by James Owen in the turnout moments before the murder of David Faraday and Betty Lou Jensen. A vehicle heading towards Vallejo, observed by James Owen by the Borges Ranch, shortly before he reached the turnout devoid of "anyone in the cars or around them". Who said Lake Herman Road was a quiet country road with little traffic. If we assume the 'dark car' contained the murderer(s), then what role, if any, is played by the white Chevrolet Impala, or can we simply discard these earlier events as coincidence. If, however, the two vehicles are connected, then we have a whole different ball game.
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