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Original Poster3 points · 5 months ago · edited 5 months ago

Although, if he is the Visalia Ransacker, then it might just be plausible that he did try his hand at kidnapping early on. IIRC, similar to his other crimes - when something didn’t go his way (EAR/GSK assuming they are one in the same) like a man in the house, he changed his methods... I hate to use the word evolved... but he did evolve his method of attack so-to-speak. It could be possible that he tried the kid napping method, found it to be too difficult, didn’t want to bring to much attention by murdering his victims or bystanders, so evolved his MO. (I don’t think I’m using the right word when I say “evolved” but hopefully you know what I mean)

Here’s the story of the attempted kid napping and murder

“The Ransacker broke into the home of Claude Snelling on September 10, 1975. Snelling, a journalism professor at College of the Sequoias, was shot dead after he caught the ransacker attempting to kidnap his teenage daughter.

“Victim Snelling confronted an unknown suspect near his carport area, and discovered the suspect was attempting to kidnap his juvenile daughter, who was 16 at the time,” Salazar said.”

Edit to add: and the timeline... Oy the timeline... attempted kidnapping of teenage Snelling and subsequent murder of her father in September 1975 - then kidnapping and murder of Donna in December 1975.

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