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Trail of Fears (2015)
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Trail of Fears (2015)

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David Carpenter, the “Trailside Killer” and once suspected of being the Zodiac is at 83 years the oldest inhabitant of San Quentin’s Death Row. A severe stutterer with a propensity for violence though, by serial killer standards, he appears to have been a late bloomer. His first serious violent offense ocurred in 1960 when, at the age of 33, he was arrested and sentenced to 14 years in prison for attacking a woman with a hammer and knife. He spent a little more than half of that sentence behind bars, earning a return trip to prison in 1970 for kidnapping and was released 1977. Between his two extended prison stays he was a major suspect in the famous Zodiac murders but was eventually cleared.

Carpenter may have proved not to be the Zodiac but it wasn’t long before he was claiming lives of his own. His first victim may have been an aquaintance, Anne Kelly Menjivar, who disappeared from her home in late 1979 and was found dead in Mt.Tamalpais Park, located in the San Francisco Bay area. He death was not linked to Carpenter until after his arrest. Mt.Tamalpaiswas also the scene of the next three murders.

In August of 1979 Edda Kane disappeared from the park while hiking. She was found shot in the back of the head in a kneeling position. Then in March of 1980 Barbera Schwartz, 23, was found in the same position as Kane, but died of stab wounds to the chest. 26-year-old Anne Alderson was next in October when she was found shot in the head after vanishing during a jog. The police had what appeared to be an excellent suspect soon afterward when a man who lived with his mother and brother on Mt.Tamalpais was caught after killing his two family members and hiding in the surrounding woods for a few days. He was soon cleared of suspicion and the “Trailside Killer” continued his killings…

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