Case 193

Suesan Knorr & Sheila Sanders

On July 17, 1984, a deceased female was located in a deserted area near Lake Tahoe, California. Investigators were stumped as to her identity or her killer, who had horrifically murdered her by setting her alight. Nearly one year later, another unidentified deceased female was found in a desolate area nearby. Both were given the status of “Jane Doe.” 

With the apprehension of a violent trucker named Benjamin “Herbert” Boyle who murdered young hitchhiker Gail Smith, authorities thought they had nabbed the killer of at least one of these unsolved murders. But had they really? One woman, Theresa Knorr, had the answers to everyone’s questions. As detectives hunted for the identities of the deceased young women, her own children – Suesan Knorr and Sheila Sanders mysteriously disappeared.

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Research & writing – Jessica Forsayeth

Creative direction – Milly Raso

Narration – Anonymous Host

 

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Audio production – Mike Migas 

Scoring – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

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Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska

RESOURCES

 

WEBSITES

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Theresa Marie “Terry” Knorr Walker

 

NEWS ARTICLES

Hearing is slated in Galt slaying – The Sacramento Bee

Murder charge is due in Galt death – The Sacramento Bee

Roadside Horror – The Sacramento Bee

Body found burning in Sierra – The Press-Tribune

Sheriff’s search for infant – The Auburn Journal

Placer releases rendering of female found burning – The Sacramento Bee 

Trucker being investigated in FW slayings – Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Trucker convicted of capital murder – Associated Press

Effort fails to link killing – Associated Press

Mother sought in grisly slayings: 1 daughter burned, 2nd starved – The Sacramento Bee

Murder suspect shot her husband – The Sacramento Bee

Woman, two of her sons charged with killing two of her daughters – The Fresno Bee

Brother admits killing in fear, cops say – The Sacramento Bee

Sheriff said woman died of strangulation – The Press-Tribune

Experts clash on sanity of mom accused of killing 2 daughters – The Sacramento Bee

Report: Accused mother ‘feigned mental illness’ – The Sacramento Bee

Man’s crime mitigated by horrific childhood, prosecutor agrees The Sacramento Bee 

Mom pleads guilty to killing daughters – The Sacramento Bee

Son who helped kill gets probation – The Sacramento Bee

50-to-life for mom in kids’ murders The Sacramento Bee

 

BOOKS

Mother’s Day – Dennis McDougal

Whatever Mother Says – Wensley Clarkson

 

 

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