Keddie Murders (Unsolved American Murder Case)
The small town of Keddie, California may only have a population of less than 100 people, but it saw one of the most brutal killings from the 1980s. The former railroad town was a quiet place where the locals didn’t need to lock their cabin doors and everyone looked after each other.
During the evening of April 11th, 1981, Keddie was terrorized by a still unknown murderer, or murderers, who entered cabin 28 and took the lives of Glenna Sue Sharp, 36, her son John, 15, and his friend Dana Wingate, 17. The fourth victim was Sharp’s daughter, Tina, 12.
The morning after the murders, Sheila Sharp (another of Sue’s daughters) returned to cabin 28 after a sleepover next door to discover the three bodies of her mother (Sue), John, and Dana, tied up in the living room, but Tina was not at the cabin. Investigators arrived and discovered a brutal and bloody scene.
The murder weapon was a steak knife, which Sheila noticed was next to the bodies in the living room. The knife had been bent during the attack which made it clear just how vicious the murders were that night. With blood on Tina’s bed sheet and a bloody fingerprint on a white painted post outside the cabin, it was clear she has been kidnapped. The case had over 4,000 man hours dedicated to it, but it wasn’t until four years later that investigators discovered a trace of Tina.
In 1985, Tina’s skull, jawbone, and other bones were found in Feather Falls, Butte Country, California, 65 miles from where the original crime took place. Her cause of death remains unknown. In 2004, cabin 28 was demolished, and as of 2017, no arrests have been made. The recording of the anonymous call seems to have been lost, prompting some theorists to suspect a police cover up.
Justin (a family friend), Greg (age 5), and Ricky (age 10), who were next door, claimed to have slept through the whole ordeal. It is thought that the savage attack must have been personal, but the killer(s) remain at large and the case remains an unsolved mystery that still haunts the small town of Keddie.
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