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    Post Unidentified Male, Located July 18, 1980

    Unidentified White Male

    • The victim was discovered on July 18, 1980 in Marion County, Oregon
    • Estimated Date of Death: July 18, 1980
    • Cause of Death: Asphyxiated due to ligature strangulation.

    Vital Statistics

    • Estimated age: 35-40 years old
    • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'6"; 160 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown, balding hair; blue eyes and a mustache.
    • Clothing: Red T-shirt. Blue, Wrangler jeans. Brown leather boots.
    • Dentals: Available.

    Case History
    The victim was located near the side of Interstate 5, one mile south of Woodburn, Oregon.
    The victim's blood contained alcohol (0.06 percent) and diazepam. The victim's bootlaces and belt were missing. He is thought to be a victim of serial-killer Randy Kraft. According to a book that Kraft kept, he called this man "Portland Elk".

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    503-378-3720 begin_of_the_skype_highli ghting 503-378-3720 end_of_the_skype_highligh ting
    Marion County Medical Examiner
    503 588-5406 begin_of_the_skype_highli ghting 503 588-5406 end_of_the_skype_highligh ting

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    Source Information:
    DUI Defenders
    The Oregonian
    Eugene Register-Guard - Jul 24, 1980
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    Post Serial Killer Randy Kraft

    The Orange County Register
    March 13, 1989
    Edition: EVENING
    Section: NEWS
    Page: a01

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    Randy Kraft relaxed as long trial nears end
    Prosecution says murder case firm
    Author: Gregg Zoroya
    The Register

    Article Text:
    In a courtroom where the minutiae of murder and a clash of wills are daily fare, Randy Kraft sits relaxed and attentive in his denim jeans, whispering with lawyers or jotting notes on a yellow legal pad.
    Nothing about his bearing suggests that in this lengthy, costly trial time is growing short.
    The 43-year-old computer specialist is charged with killing 16 young men in Orange County between 1972 and 1983. Prosecutors say they also believe Kraft is responsible for at least 21 other slayings in three states. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
    In the prosecution case presented this past fall, jurors listened to gruesome accounts of young male hitchhikers allegedly drugged, tortured, mutilated and finally strangled.
    As defense lawyers James Merwin and C. Thomas McDonald opened their case Jan. 30, they focused on each of the 16 homicides in reverse chronological order, beginning with the latest in 1983.
    But after six weeks of defense testimony retracing 13 of 16 killings, prosecutors contend Kraft has succeeded only in tearing at the edges of evidence amassed by Deputy District Attorney Bryan Brown. And only about two weeks remain in the trial, according to the judge.
    "The feeling that I've been getting all along is that (defense lawyers) have been skirting the issue, skirting the edges of our case," said Chief Deputy District Attorney Jim Enright, Brown's boss.
    "They don't seem to have really done any damage to the case that Brown has presented," he added.
    Both sides in the dispute agree that, so far, there has been no explanation for some of the most dramatic evidence presented by Brown: A dying Marine was found in Kraft's Toyota Celica when he was taken into custody by California Highway Patrol officers on the San Diego (I-5) Freeway in Mission Viejo in 1983. The officers stopped Kraft because his car was weaving.
    Snapshots of three victims appearing either drugged, asleep or dead and a so-called "death list" of the 65 cryptic entries were found in Kraft's possession at his arrest. The prosecution contends the list is a record of murder victims.
    "Those aren't forgotten," defense lawyer Merwin said this past week. "They will be dealt with."
    The one person who might offer an explanation for these items has not indicated whether he will testify. And the defense lawyers are jealously guarding the question of Kraft taking the witness stand.
    In 30 days of prosecution evidence this past fall, Brown portrayed Kraft as a man living a double life, prowling Orange County highways in predawn hours in search of young Marines and drifters.
    Some of the victims had enough alcohol and sedatives in their bodies to render them helpless. Containers for those kinds of drugs were found in Kraft's Toyota.
    Laces were missing from victims' shoes. Pathologists said they could have been used to bind wrists. Belts were gone. Prosecution experts said the laces and shoelaces might have been tools for strangulation.
    Many of the bodies were emasculated or showed signs of torture with a car cigarette lighter.
    In eight cases, Brown presented evidence directly tying the slayings to Kraft -- such as victims' personal belongings that were found in Kraft's home or car. In eight cases where the prosecution does not have evidence linking the slayings to Kraft, Brown has asserted that they were so similar that they must have been done by the same man who committed the other killings.
    To counter this case, Merwin and McDonald have offered a two-pronged defense:
    Focusing on the physical evidence, re-examining facts, highlighting unexplained details or hinting at alternative suspects; and
    Advancing Kraft's character and reputation, questioning whether this man was capable of such atrocities.
    The Randy Kraft sketched by family members and business associates was a hard-working and proficient computer expert, an organizer of a family celebration at his father's 83rd birthday, and an usher at his niece's wedding.
    Kraft would take his dog Max -- half pit bull, half bulldog -- for walks down
    the quiet residential streets near his home in Long Beach. He was involved in a long-term homosexual relationship. He enjoyed playing bridge and pinochle with his buddies.
    If the prosecution is to be believed, much of this family and social activity occurred within hours of blood-letting and murder.
    How, defense attorneys ask, could their client be such a Jekyll and Hyde?
    "It just doesn't make sense," McDonald said. "It doesn't ring true." So the lawyers have tried to focus blame elsewhere.
    An attempt to accuse convicted "freeway killer" William Bonin of some of the slayings was aborted by the trial judge, Superior Court Judge Donald McCartin, because of insufficient evidence.
    But McCartin allowed the defense to raise the issue of a mysterious Irvine resident who hanged himself five days after Kraft's arrest.
    Jurors were told how this man, married and the father of two, allegedly liked to pick up hitchhiking Marines, offer them drugs and make sexual advances.
    The defense also has worked hard to explain drugs and alcohol found in each victim's system. Former servicemen have described rampant narcotic use on local Marine bases, and many of the victims -- from a former jail inmate to a young musician -- abused drugs regularly.
    An expert in tire treads told how tracks left across a body of one slain Marine -- clad only in boxer shorts and dumped along a highway -- could not have
    been caused by Kraft's car.
    A reformed heroin addict recalled how, in 1978, a drug dealer boasted of having stabbed to death a man whose murder was later attributed to Kraft.
    McCartin allowed this testimony. But out of the jury's presence, he noted that the victim, in addition to being stabbed, was emasculated. The judge wondered aloud why a drug dealer would mutilate his victim.
    Despite the length of the trial, the jury still seems keenly interested and in good spirits, often bantering with the judge. During long breaks or on short trial days, they spend time shopping, on a leisurely lunch or going to a movie.
    Alternate juror Benito Sanchez, 53, a data processing manager from Laguna Niguel, sits near the swing gate at the front of the courtroom and likes to open it for witnesses.
    He and the others take copious notes and crane and stretch to view the evidence. Although there are 1,000 exhibits on file, letter carrier Velma J. McClinton, 30, of Placentia recently corrected the clerk, noting that two items had been given the same exhibit number.
    The tenor and drama of the proceedings have been set by the personalities of three men: Brown, McDonald and McCartin.
    McCartin's reputation as a pungent commentator and a judge who wants to speed trials along precedes him. He has sentenced more people to death than any other judge in Orange County.
    A tall, thin man with a painful back, he often sits with his head resting against an orthopedic pillow and feet up on the bench. He bickers -- both in jest and in anger -- with both the prosecutor and the defense lawyers.
    Feisty and combative, McDonald once was the No. 2 man in the county Public Defender's Office. In trial, he hustles about the courtroom, moving exhibits or passing documents, and he finishes every line of questioning with a clipped, "That's it."
    McCartin's occasional complaints about the slow pace of defense case rankle McDonald.
    "My choice is to go forward in a sloppy fashion or run the risk of contempt," McDonald complained at one point.
    Once, when the judge interrupted McDonald to ask his own question of a witness, the defense lawyer bristled.
    "I'll ask the questions," he said loudly.
    McDonald, who has confronted Brown in previous murder trials, likes to chide the prosecutor about his cordial "cowboy" demeanor in front of the jury.
    The tall, tanned and handsome Brown, a Long Beach native, does seem to percolate a kind of down-home friendliness before the jury, even allowing a whisper of a drawl to slip into his speech.
    One time, McDonald spent 15 minutes questioning a criminalist, demonstrating how a tiny piece of metal found on one body dumped on a highway was never accounted for by the prosecution.
    On cross-examination, Brown dismissed the mystery with a single question: "Isn't it consistent with road debris?" The answer was yes.
    Where McDonald focuses on a few unexplained facts about a body, Brown on cross-examination turns on an overhead projector and again shows the jury graphic photos of a mutilated young man, pulling the jury back to the death scene.
    Meanwhile, McCartin continually worries about the 12 jurors and seven alternates.
    "If you could pick up the pace, Mr. McDonald," he told the defense attorney recently. "I think the jury may be disenchanted."

    C. Thomas McDonald: Defense attorney focuses on killings CAP= Bryan Brown: Prosecutor lays out tough case CAP= Randy Kraft: Defendant calm and attentive; Donald McCartin: Judge moves trial along

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    Default Re: Serial Killer Randy Kraft

    The Orange County Register
    May 13, 1989
    Edition: EVENING
    Section: NEWS
    Page: A01

    Index Terms:

    Kraft guilty of 16 murders
    Penalty phase to explore links to 21 other killings
    Author: Gregg Zoroya
    The Register

    Article Text:
    For Randy Kraft, convicted Friday of murdering 16 young
    men in an 11-year spree of sexual torture and strangulation, the trial is not over.
    The same jury that found him guilty must decide next whether the most prolific killer in Orange County history deserves execution or life imprisonment without possibility of parole.
    To persuade jurors that Kraft deserves to die in the gas chamber, the prosecutor is prepared to tell them that the 44-year-old computer consultant murdered 21 other young men in California, Michigan and Oregon.
    The jury deliberated 11 days before announcing Friday morning that Kraft was guilty of 16 counts of first-degree murder, one count of sodomy and one count of mayhem. He was acquitted of a second count of sodomy.
    The verdict came two days short of the sixth anniversary of Kraft's arrest on May 14, 1983, when California Highway Patrol officers found a dead man in the front seat of Kraft's car. The decision culminated an eight-month trial, the county's longest and costliest criminal proceeding.
    As Superior Court Judge Donald McCartin's clerk, Gail Carpenter, read the jury's pronouncement in a standing-room-only courtroom, Kraft eased back in his chair, sighed and drew a finger lightly across his forehead, as if wiping away perspiration.
    The jury's decision inducted Kraft into the fraternity of California's serial killers, which includes Juan Corona, who murdered 25 itinerant farm workers near Yuba City, and so-called "freeway killer" William George Bonin, convicted of killing 14 young men and boys in Orange and Los Angeles counties.
    Prosecutors contend that Kraft has killed more than three times that number, 45 in all, in a sexual slaughter that ended when he was pulled over for driving erratically on the San Diego (I-5) Freeway in Mission Viejo.
    Characterized by the prosecution as a highly intelligent killer adept at avoiding capture, Kraft targeted young hitchhikers, many of them local Marines. He would ply them with beer and sedative drugs until they became so disabled that they were easy to torture, mutilate and strangle.
    Kraft tabulated his killings on a list under such cryptic entries as "New Year's Eve" and "2 in one hitch." The handwritten inventory, found in Kraft's car, has 61 entries that prosecutors contend might refer to as many as 65 killings.
    In final arguments to the jury, Deputy District Attorney Bryan Brown described Kraft's car -- a Ford Mustang in the early years and later a Toyota Celica -- as a "rolling platform of death."
    Kraft was cleared Friday of only one count -- of sodomizing murder victim Rodger J. De Vaul Jr., who was drugged and asphyxiated in 1983. Lawyers later surmised that the panel was confused about whether the victim was dead when the sexual assault occurred.
    But Kraft was found guilty of all the other charges, including multiple murder allegations that qualify him for the death penalty. The sodomy charge of which he was convicted involved the death in 1978 of Michael Inderbieten and the mayhem charge referred to the castration of Geoffrey Nelson when he was killed in 1983.
    One of the victims, a man slain in 1973, never has been identified and was referred to as John Doe throughout the trial. Brown linked him to Kraft because he was killed and mutilated in the same manner as the other victims.
    Defense lawyer C. Thomas McDonald described his client's reaction as "utter disappointment" and blamed the convictions on the "snowball effect" the prosecution achieved by heaping so many murder charges into one case.
    "It was almost a foregone conclusion, what was going to happen," McDonald said.
    Brown's boss, Chief Deputy District Attorney James Enright, had the opposite view. "It turned out to be an excellent verdict," he said.
    Kraft's two adult sisters and his niece appeared numb as they sat near the back of the crowded courtroom while the verdict was announced.
    "He was my baby brother," Kay Plunkett, a Westminster school teacher, said later. She said Kraft was innocent and said some members of the family believe that her brother has shielded the real killer for many years.
    Plunkett vividly recalled the morning six years ago that Kraft called home and said he had been arrested on murder charges.
    "He said, `Don't tell Mom and Dad. It will break their hearts,' " she recalled. "He didn't want us falling apart because of where he is. Randy has just got a tremendous ability to stay positive in difficult circumstances."
    For the victims' parents who were present, the emotional fulfillment of witnessing Kraft's conviction was evident in tears and trembling voices.
    "I'm relieved, but how can you be happy?" said Nelson's mother, Judy Nelson of Anaheim.
    "I'd like to see him breathe his last gasp (in the gas chamber)," said Robert W. Loggins Sr. of Montclair, whose son was murdered in 1980. "I think it would satisfy me."
    McCartin ordered the jury to return to court Tuesday, when a date for the penalty phase of the trial will be announced.
    "Thank you for your efforts so far," McCartin told the panel. "We realize they aren't completed yet." The jurors, sequestered during deliberations, were allowed to return to their homes after spending 15 nights in an Irvine hotel.
    When the penalty proceedings begin, the panel of 10 women and two men will consider additional evidence from the prosecution and the defense and then recommend a death sentence or life in prison without possibility of parole.
    Brown has stated in court papers that he is prepared to introduce evidence during the penalty phase tying Kraft to 21 additional killings. But Enright said after the verdict that Brown might limit his case during the penalty phase because of his success in gaining 16 murder convictions.
    That many convictions alone should merit a death sentence, Enright said.
    McDonald said Friday that whatever number of additional alleged murders Brown chooses to present during the penalty phase, the new allegations probably will generate many weeks of additional prosecution and defense evidence.
    "I'll do whatever is necessary to defend Randy on these charges," McDonald said.
    The defense lawyer said his effort to exonerate Kraft was crippled fatally by a series of rulings that compelled his client not to testify.
    In many of the charges against Kraft, the defense conceded that there was physical evidence linking the defendant to the murder victim. Photographs of three victims were found in Kraft's car or in his home.
    The pictures showed the young men drugged or dead, some posed in sexually explicit positions.
    McDonald said his client was eager to testify about many of the charges. But Kraft did not want to be questioned about murder counts for which there was no physical evidence directly tying him to the victims.
    When McCartin refused to restrict the prosecutor's
    cross-examination of Kraft, the defendant chose not to testify.
    The judge has been hailed by other judges for his success in bringing the long-awaited trial to a verdict in slightly more than one year. Before it was assigned to McCartin, the case had been pending for five years.
    The repeated delays in the case, all requested by the defense attorneys, triggered criticism from the relatives of the victims.
    "There's no way that it should take this long to come to a guilty verdict," said Rodger De Vaul Sr., whose 20-year-old son was murdered in 1983.
    McDonald and co-counsel James Merwin said they needed the additional time to prepare because of the number of murder counts. They likened the case to defending Kraft in 16 separate trials.
    Enright agreed Friday that Brown's decision to file so many murder charges contributed to the years of delay.
    But he said the reason was to take advantage of the "death list" and show, by a high number of references, that the tally was a valid accounting of murders.
    "We were showing that the list is actually a death list," Enright said.
    Register staff writers Donna Wares and Patrick J. Kiger contributed to this report.
    CUTLINE E: Barbara Loggins is comforted by a friend, Darlene Darton, as Randy Kraft is convicted Friday of murder in the death of Loggins' son, Robert. (Venegas)

    Awaiting verdicts Friday are Randy Kraft's niece, Diana Lane, left, and his sisters Marlene Eastburn, center, and Kay Plunkett. (Stoelzle)
    A chronology of the Randy Kraft murder case (chart - chronology - a21) CAP= Defense attorney C. Thomas McDonald rubs his eyes as court clerks announce 18 convictions and one acquittal. (Venegas)
    Charges, evidence and convictions against Randy Kraft (B&W - map - chart) CAP= Randy Kraft listens as court clerks read the verdicts arrived at after 11 days of deliberations. A date is to be set for the penalty phase next week.
    Key figures in the trial; Accused and convicted killers (a26 charts - B&W)
    Ana Venegas; Hal Stoelzle

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    wolf Articles/ The Portland Elk

    The Register

    Article Text:
    A handwritten list that prosecutors believe is serial-murder suspect Randy Kraft's cryptic "scorecard" of murder victims was made public Monday after more than five years of secrecy.
    The untitled sheet of lined paper has 61 neatly-printed entries, including the references, "Golden Sails," "SD Dope" and "Marine Head BP."
    Orange County prosecutors maintain that the entries correspond with Kraft's murderous memories. They said Kraft wanted to memorialize his kills so he could relive them later.
    Defense attorneys have railed against the document, which was discovered in Kraft's car when he was arrested May 14, 1983, with the body of a dead Marine on the passenger seat. They have argued that the so-called "death list," as it has become known in pretrial court hearings, is "the most dangerous type of reasoning upon which to predicate a capital prosecution."
    Kraft claimed in a 1983 press interview that the document is "only a code list of some friends of my mate's and mine."
    Nonetheless, Superior Court Judge Donald McCartin has ruled that Deputy District Attorney Bryan Brown can use an edited version of the list in his prosecution of Kraft. McCartin ruled that the jury can decide if the list is a scorecard of murder victims or irrelevent garbage.
    The list was made public Monday after Deputy District Attorney Bryan Brown and defense attorney C. Thomas McDonald delivered opening statements in Kraft's trial. Since Kraft's arrest, the list was kept in sealed envelopes and referred to in open court only in vague generalities.
    A request by the Register that the list be released was denied by McCartin in June. The judge later agreed to release the list when Kraft's jury of 10 women and two men were sworn in and told not to read any news accounts of the Kraft case.
    The judge also released a legal brief by Brown in which the prosecutor claims to have interpreted 41 entries. Many of the entries refer to plurals, such as "2 in one Beach," or "GR 2," which Brown interprets are incidents in whichKraft killed two young men at the same time.
    If the prosecution's theory is accurate, the list reflects 65 murder victims. The most prolific serial murderer in US history is John Wayne Gacy, who was convicted of killing 35 young men in Chicago.
    Kraft, a 43-year-old computer technician, is charged with murdering 16 men in Orange County over an 11-year span. Brown has also filed a "statement of aggravation" which accuses Kraft of killing 21 others as part of the prosecution's request for a death sentence.
    Brown claimed in his brief that police have linked eight additional entries on Kraft's list to slaying victims, in addition to the 37 killings to which he is being linked in trial. The names of those victims had never been linked to Kraft before Monday.
    The additional victims Brown now attributes to Kraft are: a John Doe male whose body was found Feb. 6, 1973, in Wilmington; Thomas Paxton Lee, 25, whose body was found Aug. 3, 1984, in Long Beach; Robert Avila, 16, whose body was found July 29, 1982, in Echo Park; Raymond David, 13, whose body was found next to Robert Avila's body; Craig Victor Jonaites, 24, whose body was found in Long Beach on Jan. 17, 1975; another John Doe male, whose body parts were found in several locations in Orange and Los Angeles counties April 22, 1973; a third John Doe whose body was found Aug. 29, 1979, in Long Beach; and Mark Alan Marsh, 20, whose body was found Feb. 18, 1980, in the Castaic area of Los Angeles County.
    An analysis of the list by law enforcement officials has not turned up corresponding murders for 20 of the entries.
    "Kraft collected his murder victims like one would collect matchbooks," Brown wrote in his brief.
    (CHART-LIST) Randy Kraft's list
    The prosecution in Randy Kraft's serial-murder trial contends that a list taken from Kraft's car contains coded references to slaying victims. Forty-one of the 61 entries have been interpreted by police investigators as referring to specific killings. The list entries are in boldface, below, followed by investigators' interpretations of the entries and the dates the bodies were found.
    Stable: Wayne Joseph Dukette, Oct. 5, 1971. Last seen at the Stables bar in Sunset Beach. Body found near the Ortega (74) Highway in southern Orange County. Age 30.
    Angel: Police unable to link name to a specific body.
    EDM: Edward Daniel Moore, Dec. 23, 1972, body found at the junction of the San Diego (405) Freeway and the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway. Age 20.
    Hari Kari: Name not linked to a specific body.
    Airplane Hill: Unidentified body, April 4, 1973, found in the Airplane Hill area of Huntington Beach.
    Marine Down: Name not linked to a specific body.
    Van Driveway: Name not linked to a specific body.
    2 in 1 MV to PL: Names not linked to specific bodies.
    Twiggie: James Dale Reeves, Nov. 27, 1974, found next to San Diego Freeway in Irvine with a tree branch shoved into his rectum. Age 19. Vince M: Vincent Cruz Mestas, Dec. 29, 1973, found at the bottom of a ravine in the San Bernardino Mountains. Age 23.
    Wilmington: Unidentified body, Feb. 6, 1973, found on the Terminal Island Freeway in Wilmington.
    LB Marina: Name not linked to a specific body.
    Pier 2: Thomas Paxton Lee, Aug. 3, 1974, found on a pier in an oil-field area of Long Beach harbor. Age 25.
    Diabetic: Name not linked to a specific body.
    Skates: John William Leras, Jan. 4, 1975. Left home carrying roller skates. Found floating in the Sunset Beach surf. Age 17.
    Portland: Name not linked to a specific body.
    Navy White: Name not linked to a specific body.
    User: Name not linked to a specific body.
    Parking Lot: Keith Daven Crotwell, March 29, 1975. Body parts found in Long Beach and Orange County. Last seen in a Belmont Shore parking lot. Age 19.
    Deodorant: Robert Avila, who used heavy deodorant, found July 29, 1982, in Echo Park area of Los Angeles. Age 16.
    Dog: Raymond Davis, July 29, 1982. Looking for his lost dog in a park. Body found next to the Hollywood (101) Freeway. Age 13. Teen Trucker: Malcolm Eugene Little, May 27, 1974. The Selma, Ala., truck driver was last seen hitchhiking on Orange County freeways. Body found near the Salton Sea. Age 20.
    Iowa: Name not linked to a specific body.
    7th St: Ronnie Gene Wiebe, July 28, 1973, found on the 7th Street on-ramp to the San Diego Freeway. Age 20.
    Lakes MC: Gregory Wallace Jolley, Sept. 14, 1979. He told acquaintances he was a Marine. His dismembered body was found in the Lake Arrowhead area. Age 20.
    MC Laguna: Roger E. Dickerson, June 22, 1974. The body of the Camp Pendleton Marine was found off a dead-end street in Laguna Beach. Age 18.
    Golden Sails: Craig Victor Jonaites, Jan. 17, 1975. Body found next to Golden Sails Hotel and Bar in Long Beach. Age 24.
    Euclid: Scott Michael Hughes, April 16, 1978, found on the shoulder of the Euclid Street on-ramp to the Riverside (91) Freeway. Age 18. Hawth Off Head: Unidentified body, April 22, 1973. Body parts found across Los Angeles and Orange counties.
    76: Unidentified body, Aug. 29, 1979, found in dumpster at Union 76 station in Long Beach.
    2 in 1 Hitch: Names not linked to specific bodies.
    Big Sur: Gary Wayne Cordova, a Marine who frequently talked about Big Sur, Aug. 12, 1974. His body was found in the Mission Viejo area. Age 23.
    Marine Head BP: Mark Alan Marsh, Feb. 18, 1980. The body of the El Toro Marine, believed to be hitchhiking to Buena Park, was found in Castaic, north of Los Angeles. Age 20.
    (expletive): Paul Joseph Fuchs, Dec. 12, 1976, whose body was never found. Age 19.
    Front of Ripples: Name not linked to a specific body.
    Marine Carson: Richard Allen Keith, June 19, 1978, last seen in Carson, where he was planning to take a bus or hitchhike to Camp Pendleton. Body found on Moulton Parkway in Laguna Hills. Age 20. New Year's Eve: Mark Howard Hall, Jan. 1, 1976. Hall was last seen at a New Year's party in San Juan Capistrano. His body was found at the east end of Santiago Canyon. Age 22.
    Westminster Date: Jeffrey Bryan Sayre was last seen Nov. 24, 1979, when he hitchhiked home from his girlfriend's house in Westminster. His body was never found. Age 15.
    Jail Out: Roland Gerald Young, June 11, 1978. His body was found in Irvine within hours after he was released from Orange County Jail, where he was held for intoxication. Age 23.
    Marine Drunk Overnight Shorts: Donnie Harold Crisel, June 19, 1979, was last seen outside the Tustin Marine base. His body was found the next morning on a freeway ramp in Irvine, clothed only in shorts. Age 20. Carpenter: Name not linked to a specific body.
    Torrance: Richard A. Crosby, Sept. 30, 1978. His body was found in San Bernardino County the morning after he attended a movie in Torrance. Age 20.
    MC Dump HB Short: Name not linked to a specific body.
    2 in 1 Beach: Geoffrey Allan Nelson and Rodger James Devaul, Feb. 12, 1983. Nelson's body was found along the Garden Grove (22) Freeway. Devaul's was found near Mount Baldy. Ages 18 and 20.
    Hollywood Bus: Christopher R. Williams, Aug. 20, 1981. A prostitute who worked from bus stops in Hollywood, Williams body was found in the San Bernardino Mountains. Age 17.
    MC HB Tattoo: Robert Wyatt Loggins, Sept. 3, 1980. A Marine last seen near the Huntington Beach pier, Loggins' body was found in El Toro. Age 19.
    Oxnard: Name not linked to a specific body.
    Portland ECK: Unidentified body, July 17, 1980. Body found in Woodburn, Ore. Age undetermined.
    Portland Denver: Michael Shawn O'Fallon, July 17, 1980. O'Fallon hitchhiked from his home in Denver to the West Coast. His body was found near Salem, Ore. Age 17.
    Portland Blood: Michael Duane Cluck, April 10, 1981. Cluck's bludgeoned body was found in Goshen, Ore. Age 18.
    Portland Hawaii: Lance Trenton Taggs, Dec. 9, 1982, hitchhiking to Los Angeles, was carrying a tote bag emblazoned with "Hawaii." His body was found near Wilsonville, Ore. Age 19.
    Portland Reserve: Anthony Jose Silveira, Dec. 18, 1982. The National Guard member was last seen hitchhiking from Portland to Medford, Ore. His body was found along the I-5 Freeway. Age 29.
    Portland Head: Brian Harold Witcher, Nov. 28, 1982, last seen in Portland. His body was found at Wilsonville, Ore. Age 26. GR II: Dennis Patrick Alt and Christopher Alan Schoenborn, Dec. 8, 1982, were last seen talking to Kraft in a Grand Rapids, Mich., bar. Their bodies were found in a field several miles from the bar. Both were 20.
    MC Plants: Name not linked to a specific body.
    SD Dope: Mikeal Laine, Nov. 21, 1982. Laine, who had been arrested for drug activity, was found dead in a remote area of San Diego County. Age 24.
    Hike Out LB Boots: Keith Arthur Klingbiel, July 8, 1978. The body of Klingbiel, a hitchhiker carrying a matchbook from Long Beach, was found along the freeway in Mission Viejo. Age 23.
    England: Name not linked with specific body.
    Oil: Name not linked with specific body.
    Dart 405: Michael Joseph Inderbieten, Nov. 18, 1978. His body was found at the junction of the San Diego and San Gabriel River freeways. Age 20.
    What You Got: Name not linked with a specific body.

    Orange County Deputy District Attorney Bryan Brown lists victims on a blackboard during his lengthy opening statement in the Randy Kraft serial-murder trial Monday. CAP= CHART-LIST - Randy Kraft's list (SEE END OF TEXT)
    Clay Miller

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    Default Re: Articles/ The Portland Elk

    Oregonian, The (Portland, OR)
    November 30, 1989
    Edition: Fourth
    Section: Local Stories
    Page: B01

    Index Terms:

    Author: NAOMI KAUFMAN - of the Oregonian Staff

    Article Text:

    Summary: Authorities believe convicted slayer Randy Kraft also killed the Oregon ``John Doe''
    When a California court on Wednesday sentenced Randy Kraft to die, investigators still had one mystery to solve: Who was the man whom they say Kraft dumped along Interstate 5 near Woodburn on July 18, 1980?
    This is what they knew then:
    The victim was 35 to 40. He was white. He had brown hair and a mustache, and he was going bald. He was 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed about 160 pounds. He had been doped up, sexually molested, strangled and dumped along the freeway.
    This is what else they know now:
    Kraft, the so-called ``scorecard killer,'' apparently called the man ``Portland elk'' in his little black book of 61 victims.
    That's about it.
    And, investigators say, it will be blind luck if John Doe's true identity is ever known.
    ``Nobody's assigned to that anymore,'' said Lt. Jim Reed, an Oregon State Police detective. He had helped investigate the strangulations of John Doe and five other men, all long identified, whose bodies were found along I-5 in Oregon between 1980 and 1982.
    Teletypes and fliers were sent throughout the 50 states. FBI and military records were checked. Dental records were reviewed. ``We even ran his fingerprints in Canada,'' said Capt. Randy Sitton, who as an Oregon State Police corporal was assigned to the case.
    A passing motorist spotted the corpse on the I-5 northbound shoulder a mile south of Woodburn at 4:20 a.m. July 18, 1980. The body was clad in blue jeans, a short-sleeved red shirt and brown work shoes with the laces missing. Alcohol and Valium -- which in combination can knock someone out -- were found in his blood.
    ``The body was still warm,'' Sitton, now with the state police Baker division, recalled Wednesday. ``There were no signs of resistance. He was drugged. That was Kraft's MO: He would slip them a Mickey, molest them and choke them to death.
    ``I worked on this case almost strictly for three months,'' Sitton said. ``That was the most frustrating case I ever worked on. . . . I'd wake up at night thinking about it.''
    When Kraft was arrested in May 1983 -- a California state trooper found a dead Marine in Kraft's car during a traffic stop -- the link to the Oregon cases was almost immediate because of the coded chronological record of victims Kraft kept.
    Kraft, now 44, was a systems analyst in Southern California and came to Oregon for short periods to work, Reed said. Kraft was such a habitual killer, Reed said, that in within a few days in late 1982, he killed an Oregon man, flew to Michigan on business and killed two men there, detoured back to Oregon and killed yet another man -- then returned to Santa Monica in time for work the next morning.
    On Wednesday, Kraft was formally sentenced to die in California's gas chamber for strangling 16 young men between 1972 and 1983. Relatives of those victims wept and hugged.
    Although prosecutors say it's unlikely he will be tried in Oregon because of the California convictions, Kraft has been indicted in both Lane and Clackamas counties in three of the six Oregon deaths. Authorities say he also killed the other three.
    ``We really know that Kraft did it,'' said Dr. Peter Batten, the Marion County medical examiner.
    Batten agreed that ``it's incredible to the average person'' that a victim could go unidentified for so long, but the investigators note that he appeared to be a transient.
    While Reed believes that ``maybe we'll get lucky'' and determine who John Doe was, for Sitton it's a closed book.
    ``We just don't know who he is, and I'm sure we never will,'' he said.
    Drawing of unidentified victim - 5 feet 6 inches tall, 160
    pounds with brown hair and mustache and bald at the top of his head.

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