Betty Cloer (21) almost certainly crossed paths with her killer (Phillip Arthur Thompson) on Madison Avenue, Sacramento on June 18, 1971. She was found beaten and shot in Cameron Park, El Dorado County on June 19th 1971. Judith Hakari (23) was abducted from the Markston Apartments on March 7th 1970, discovered beaten and raped in a shallow grave on April 25th 1970 alongside Ponderosa Way, near Weimar.
Nancy Darlene Feusi (23), a separated mother of five, was discovered by a fisherman at 6:30 am on July 22nd 1973 alongside Pleasant Grove Road and Steelhead Creek, approximately half a mile north of West Riego Road in Sutter County. Dressed in a miniskirt and bikini-style briefs, with a blouse discovered nearby, she had been brutally stabbed 29 times in the stomach, chest and arm in what appeared a sexually driven crime. Earlier that morning she had been dancing at Plumbers Hall, 5841 Newman Court in East Sacramento, with her last sighting alive at 43rd Street and 11th Avenue, about 2 miles southwest of Plumbers Hall. This sighting was only 3 1/2 hours prior to her body being discovered alongside Pleasant Grove Road, 15 miles north. Denise Kathleen Anderson (22) disappeared on April 13th 1971, having been last seen by one of her roommates at 5:30 am at their residence located on 925 16th Street in Sacramento. An extraordinary number of shocking crimes in such a small area - and this is just a snapshot.
It was thought that Susan Marie Lynch may have been unconscious before she was buried, leaving the possibility that she was transported to this location and buried (believing she was already dead). It is clear that Carol Beth Hilburn was not murdered where she was found, with a reasonable conclusion to be had, that both young women were transported to these locations by vehicle and dragged to where they were ultimately found. Susan Marie Lynch was found clothed in only a blouse, pulled up towards her neck, with one tennis shoe on her left foot. Carol Beth Hilburn was found naked with only one suede boot on her feet. It is fairly obvious from the state of undress of both women that a sexual component was the driving force behind both these crimes. The proximity of both dump sites, alongside roads separated by no more than 230 meters, could indicate that this area around the Hansen Park Ranch Site including Steelhead Creek and Dry Creek, was an area familiar to the perpetrator or perpetrators in each crime. But were they responsible for both or all these murders?