I was thinking about the Idaho Coed Murders and how the authorities have come up with virtually no evidence so far. So it reminded me of an unsolved case that happened in 2004 in the sleepy town of Jenner, California, on Fish Head Beach. We used to drive up to Jenner to go hiking and spend the night, but not on the beach. And I doubt if anyone has spent the night on this beach since 2004. This case went unsolved for years and remarkedly was finally solved in 2017 quite by accident! That’s what made me think of it.
In 2017, one of the local hooligans from that area that had a police record had a domestic disturbance call whereby the police discovered the shotgun that was used on the beach murders years earlier. It was a ballistic match! There was no motive. Just a lawless, creep that felt like killing a happy couple while he was under the influence. It shocked me when I heard this news that the police had dropped the ball years earlier by not bringing in the usual troublemakers from the area. Total incompetence IMO.
“The Jenner, California, double murder of 2004 occurred on the night of August 14–15, 2004, in which a young couple was shot to death as they slept on a state beach. The bodies of Lindsay Cutshall, 22, and her fiancé Jason S. Allen, 26, were found on Fish Head Beach, between Russian Gulch and the mouth of the Russian River, in the small coastal hamlet of Jenner, California. Both Cutshall and Allen were killed with a .45-caliber Marlin rifle as they slept in their sleeping bags on the beach. The Sonoma County Coroner’s Office estimated that the couple was slain on either the night of August 14, 2004 or in the early morning hours of August 15, 2004.
The case has received considerable national attention, but the crime remained unsolved, until news given at a press conference on May 5, 2017, suggesting that authorities had solved the crime. In 2019 Shaun Gallon was sentenced to life in prison for the murders.” Wikipedia. Father was covering for his son.
Could the Idaho coed murderer be someone like this with a record that the authorities have failed to search his premises due to “no probable cause”? The longer this case goes unsolved, the more I think it could have been perpetrated by a psychotic loser living in the area that has a record. I sure hope it doesn’t take another 13 years for the cops to accidentally discover the bloody knife in the barn of a recluse.
Here’s the possible M.O.: The perp, wigged out on some psychotic drug, entered the house on the second floor and began stabbing the first two sleeping victims, then proceeded upstairs to do the other two sleepers. He didn’t know them. Didn’t have it out for them. Just a random thrill killing. He missed the two on the first floor as he wasn’t familiar with the layout. The FBI has to consider this as an option. The parents need to know. Let’s not let another case go unsolved for 13 years!
Full story on the Jenner Beach killer.