The “Gypsy Hill murders,” were a string of five unsolved mystery killings that took place back in the 70’s from January to April of 1976. For years investigators tried to figure out who was behind them, and forty years later, they may have found one of the men behind at least two of the murders.
Rodney Halbower, 66, has been arrested and brought in for murder charges in San Mateo County, and he is believed to be responsible for the killings of Paula Baxter, 17, and Veronica Anne Cascio, 18.
Investigators were able to use DNA evidence to trace Halbower to the crimes after the San Mateo County Crime Lab, working with crime labs in Oregon made the match back in September.
San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe has labeled him as a “serial killer.” Wagstaffe then stated, “It’s time to bring this man to justice for the murders we can prove.”
Halbower so far has been charged with two counts of murder and special circumstance because of his involvement in the raping of Baxter.
Cascio was abducted while on her way to a bus stop, and her body was found in Pacifica. Baxter was taken after a rehearsal for a school play at Capuchino High School in Millbrae.
Halbower is believed to not have involvement with the other three victims of the time. Those women included Tanya Blackwell, 14; Denise Lampe, 19; and Carol Lee Booth, 26, and Halbower’s DNA was not matched on these victims. It was also believed that all the women were also raped before they were killed, according to the FBI. All of the killings took place in the proximity of Gypsy Hill Road in Pacifica, but it is unsure if the killings were related in any other way.
This case shows that even though you can commit a crime or a murder forty years ago, a criminal can be brought to justice, and has to answer for their heinous actions.
Via Fox News
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