Case 137

Arlis Perry

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Case 137

Arlis Perry

On the evening of Saturday, October 12 1974, Arlis Perry busied herself around the apartment while Bruce Perry studied. At around 11:30pm, Bruce agreed to accompany Arlis to post some letters addressed to her family and friends in Bismarck, as it would afford the couple some time together and he didn’t want her going out alone at night. As Arlis and Bruce walked across campus, they got into a minor argument over their car tyre, which had been losing pressure lately, and disagreed over who was responsible for pumping it up.

By the time they had posted the letters, it was approximately 11:50pm. Still upset by their argument, Arlis told Bruce she wanted to visit the Memorial Church alone to pray. This was not unusual, as they both visited the church when they needed to reflect and ask for guidance. The building was open until midnight and located only half a mile from the Perrys’ apartment…

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

MTC program: maketheconnection.net/resources/spread-the-word

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Written by Elsha McGill

Researched by Jessica Forsayeth

Additional writing & editing by Milly Raso

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

The Ultimate Evil, an Investigation Into America’s Most Dangerous Satanic Cult – Maury Terry

Who killed Arlis Perry? – Darla Foster

Bloody Ivy: 13 Unsolved Campus Murders – Chris & Harry Bobonich

 

THE STANFORD DAILY ARCHIVES:

Police Discover Suicide Victim – Issue 12, Feb 16 1973

Deputies Investigate On-Campus Strangling – Issue 13, Feb 20 1973

Police say Perlov Not Sexually Assaulted – Issue 15, Feb 22 1973

Law Officials Continue Taylor Murder Probe – Issue 28, April 1 1974

Slim Lead In Taylor Case – Issue 29, April 2 1974

Student’s Slaying Baffles Campus, County Officers – Issue 1, Sept 24 1973

 

NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES:

Sheriff pleads for clues to coed hitchhiker killer – Independant

Seek Sexual Psychopath for Slaying – The Times

Investigators seek link between two slayings – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Coed found stabbed: Stanford Chapel Murder – Tulare- Advance Register

They Came to Pray for Arlis Perry – The San Francisco Examiner

Woman is Slain in Church – The Billings Gazette

Officials Doubt Slaying Link to Ritualism – The Bismarck Tribune

God Was Very Real to Young Couple – The Bismarck Tribune

Arlis Perry Rites Scheduled Friday – The Bismarck Tribune

Mourners Comforted by Arlis’s Words – The Bismarck Tribune

Mrs Perry Eulogized as Probe Continues – The Bismarck Tribune

Marvin Dykema Obituary – The Bismarck Tribune

Engagement of Arlis Dykema – The Bismarck Tribune

Child Abuse on the Brain – The Chicago Reader

Bundy may be linked to Stanford murder – The Stanford Daily

Bismarck’s Shocking Best Seller – The Bismarck Tribune

Stanford Student’s wife found slain in church – The Stanford Daily

Update (Leslie Perlov) – The San Francisco Examiner

Blond Man Sought in Strangling – The Times

 

ARTICLES:

Murder at Memorial Church remains unsolved forty years laterThe Stanford Daily

NYC musician linked to unsolved church murder, and ‘Son of Sam’ killer is involved – The New York Post

Cops Cracked 3 Standford Cold Case Murders. Will DNA Help Them Solve a 4th Campus Killing? The Mercury News

Suspect in 1974 Stanford Killing was Guard who Found Body – The Mercury News

Stanford church slaying suspect was likely considering suicide for two years The Mercury News

Sheriff: suicide note, serial killer jacket at murder suspect’s home Palo Alto Online

Sheriff investigating whether Stanford watchman linked to other campus murders – Palo Alto Online

‘She fought desperately’: Arrest in 1973 killing of Stanford grad after DNA genealogy probe – The Mercury News

Sheriff: Grisly 1974 Stanford murder solved – Palo Alto Online

Victim’s sister confronts alleged killer – Palo Alto Online

Murderer of former athletic director’s daughter identified after 45 years – The Stanford Daily

He was a married hospital technician and a Boy Scouts leader. Was former Palo Alto resident John Getreu also a serial killer? – Palo Alto Online

Suspected serial killer charged in 2nd Stanford cold case homicide from the ’70s – The Los Angeles Times

Victim’s green pants to be key piece of evidence in serial-killer case – Palo Alto Online

I still miss my sister: family of slain Stanford grad ‘grateful’ for arrest in 1973 killing The Mercury News

Alleged serial killer pleads not guilty in 1973 murder case – Palo Alto Online

 

VIDEOS:

Behind the Headlines – Stanford Memorial Church Murder

Sheriff discusses cracking a 1974 cold case murder

Sheriff offers new details on death of infamous cold case suspect

Oprah reports on childhood trauma’s long-term effect

 

 

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On the evening of Saturday, October 12 1974, Arlis Perry busied herself around the apartment while Bruce Perry studied. At around 11:30pm, Bruce agreed to accompany Arlis to post some letters addressed to her family and friends in Bismarck, as it would afford the couple some time together and he didn’t want her going out alone at night. As Arlis and Bruce walked across campus, they got into a minor argument over their car tyre, which had been losing pressure lately, and disagreed over who was responsible for pumping it up.

By the time they had posted the letters, it was approximately 11:50pm. Still upset by their argument, Arlis told Bruce she wanted to visit the Memorial Church alone to pray. This was not unusual, as they both visited the church when they needed to reflect and ask for guidance. The building was open until midnight and located only half a mile from the Perrys’ apartment…

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Written by Elsha McGill

Researched by Jessica Forsayeth

Additional writing & editing by Milly Raso

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOKS:

The Ultimate Evil, an Investigation Into America’s Most Dangerous Satanic Cult – Maury Terry

Who killed Arlis Perry? – Darla Foster

Bloody Ivy: 13 Unsolved Campus Murders – Chris & Harry Bobonich

 

THE STANFORD DAILY ARCHIVES:

Police Discover Suicide Victim – Issue 12, Feb 16 1973

Deputies Investigate On-Campus Strangling – Issue 13, Feb 20 1973

Police say Perlov Not Sexually Assaulted – Issue 15, Feb 22 1973

Law Officials Continue Taylor Murder Probe – Issue 28, April 1 1974

Slim Lead In Taylor Case – Issue 29, April 2 1974

Student’s Slaying Baffles Campus, County Officers – Issue 1, Sept 24 1973

 

NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES:

Sheriff pleads for clues to coed hitchhiker killer – Independant

Seek Sexual Psychopath for Slaying – The Times

Investigators seek link between two slayings – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Coed found stabbed: Stanford Chapel Murder – Tulare- Advance Register

They Came to Pray for Arlis Perry – The San Francisco Examiner

Woman is Slain in Church – The Billings Gazette

Officials Doubt Slaying Link to Ritualism – The Bismarck Tribune

God Was Very Real to Young Couple – The Bismarck Tribune

Arlis Perry Rites Scheduled Friday – The Bismarck Tribune

Mourners Comforted by Arlis’s Words – The Bismarck Tribune

Mrs Perry Eulogized as Probe Continues – The Bismarck Tribune

Marvin Dykema Obituary – The Bismarck Tribune

Engagement of Arlis Dykema – The Bismarck Tribune

Child Abuse on the Brain – The Chicago Reader

Bundy may be linked to Stanford murder – The Stanford Daily

Bismarck’s Shocking Best Seller – The Bismarck Tribune

Stanford Student’s wife found slain in church – The Stanford Daily

Update (Leslie Perlov) – The San Francisco Examiner

Blond Man Sought in Strangling – The Times

 

ARTICLES:

Murder at Memorial Church remains unsolved forty years laterThe Stanford Daily

NYC musician linked to unsolved church murder, and ‘Son of Sam’ killer is involved – The New York Post

Cops Cracked 3 Standford Cold Case Murders. Will DNA Help Them Solve a 4th Campus Killing? The Mercury News

Suspect in 1974 Stanford Killing was Guard who Found Body – The Mercury News

Stanford church slaying suspect was likely considering suicide for two years The Mercury News

Sheriff: suicide note, serial killer jacket at murder suspect’s home Palo Alto Online

Sheriff investigating whether Stanford watchman linked to other campus murders – Palo Alto Online

‘She fought desperately’: Arrest in 1973 killing of Stanford grad after DNA genealogy probe – The Mercury News

Sheriff: Grisly 1974 Stanford murder solved – Palo Alto Online

Victim’s sister confronts alleged killer – Palo Alto Online

Murderer of former athletic director’s daughter identified after 45 years – The Stanford Daily

He was a married hospital technician and a Boy Scouts leader. Was former Palo Alto resident John Getreu also a serial killer? – Palo Alto Online

Suspected serial killer charged in 2nd Stanford cold case homicide from the ’70s – The Los Angeles Times

Victim’s green pants to be key piece of evidence in serial-killer case – Palo Alto Online

I still miss my sister: family of slain Stanford grad ‘grateful’ for arrest in 1973 killing The Mercury News

Alleged serial killer pleads not guilty in 1973 murder case – Palo Alto Online

 

VIDEOS:

Behind the Headlines – Stanford Memorial Church Murder

Sheriff discusses cracking a 1974 cold case murder

Sheriff offers new details on death of infamous cold case suspect

Oprah reports on childhood trauma’s long-term effect

 

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

SimpliSafe – Get free shipping and a 60-day free trial

ThirdLove – Get 15% off your first order 

Grove – Get FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Set worth $30 and FREE shipping

ShipStation – Try ShipStation FREE for 60 days with promo code ‘CASEFILE’

Best Fiends – Download Best Fiends for free

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