Keddie murders

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Original police sketches of possible suspects in the crime.

The Keddie Murders is an unsolved 1981 American quadruple homicide that occurred in Keddie, California. The murders took place in cabin 28, during the late evening of April 11, 1981, or early the following morning.[1] The victims were Glenna Sue Sharp (née Davis), known as Sue (age 36), her son John (age 15), and his friend, Dana Wingate (age 17).[2] At some time after the crime was discovered, Sue's daughter, Tina (age 12), was reported missing. Her skull and several other bones were recovered in 1984 in Camp Eighteen, California, which is in Butte County.[3]

The murders[edit]

Glenna "Sue" Sharp, 36, and her five children had been renting the cabin since November 1980.[4] At approximately 7:45 AM on the morning of April 12, Sheila Sharp, upon returning from the sleepover next door, discovered the tied-up bodies of Sue, John and Dana in the home's living room.[5][4] Plumas County Sheriff's deputies later determined Tina Sharp was missing from the location.[6] The murders have been commented upon for their particular viciousness.[5]

After approximately 4,000 man-hours spent on the case,[7] it grew cold but, in 1984, the cranium portion of a skull was recovered near Feather Falls in neighboring Butte County, a distance of roughly 63 miles (2 hours 12 minutes) from Keddie.[7] Butte County Sheriff's Office released both the original and back-up copy of the audio recording of the 'anonymous call' to an undisclosed member of law enforcement.[6]

As of November 2017, no arrests have been made in connection with the Keddie murders,[5] although two suspects who had criminal records,[4] now deceased, have been proposed.[7][6][4] In 2004, Cabin 28 was demolished.[8]

On March 24, 2016, a hammer matching the description of a hammer suspect Martin Smartt said he lost shortly before the murders was taken into evidence by Plumas County Special Investigator Mike Gamberg.[9][6] Sheriff Hagwood stated, "the location it was found... It would have been intentionally put there. It would not have been accidentally misplaced."[4]

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  1. ^ "Exorcising ghosts of past / New owner hopes to reopen resort haunted by 20-year-old slayings". SF Gate. June 10, 2001. Retrieved January 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Brutal 3-Year-Old Triple Slaying Still Haunts Quiet Plumas Resort". Sacramento Bee. June 22, 1984. Retrieved 2010-12-24. ... By coincidence, it was the day Plumas County sheriff's deputies announced human remains discovered near Feather Falls in Butte County were those of a 12-year-old girl who disappeared from Cabin 28 more than three years ago. ... 
  3. ^ Steve Gibson. "Bones Found are Those of Girl Linked to Triple Slaying in Plumas county." Sacramento Bee June 21, 1984.
  4. ^ a b c d e Lopez, Tony. "35 Years Later, New Clues May Solve Keddie Murder Mystery". 
  5. ^ a b c Simpson, Philip L. (29 August 2013). "'There's Blood on the Walls': Serial Killing as Post-9/11 Terror in The Strangers". In Alzena MacDonald. Murders and Acquisitions: Representations of the Serial Killer in Popular Culture. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 186. doi:10.5040/9781628928211. ISBN 978-1-4411-7702-5. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Plumas County investigator closer to solving Keddie murders". 
  7. ^ a b c Michael Newton (2009). The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes. Infobase Publishing. pp. 340–. ISBN 978-1-4381-1914-4. 
  8. ^ "Cold Case : Keddie Murders". Crime Magazine. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  9. ^ Little, Jane Braxton (7 May 2016). "New evidence revives Plumas County quadruple murder case". The Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on 16 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.