In 1981, Keddie in Nothern California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, USA, was a quadruple homicide that took place in the late evening of 11th April or in the early hours of the 12th. The victims were Glenna Sue Sharp (36), her daughter Tina (12), her son John (15) and his friend Dana Wingate (17). Tina was determined to have gone missing some time after the crime had been discovered. Her skull and several bones were recovered from Camp Eighteen, California in Butte County and as of yet no arrests have been made. In 2004 several cabins, including 28, were demolished because they had been condemned.

Sue’s (Glenna Sue) oldest daughter, Sheila, had stayed with her next-door neighbour in cabin 27 on the night of the murders and went round to find the terrible discovery the next morning. Sue’s two young sons and their friend had been in a sleep over that night and were found uninjured that morning, apparently having not been disturbed by the carnage in the nearby room.

She had been renting the cabin with her five children since November 1980 and on that night was home with her daughter Tina, the young boys and their friend Justin. Her oldest son and his friend Dana had been nearby in Quincy and came over to stay the night. They had been seen that night hitchhiking from Quincy to Keddie and it’s entirely possible the crime was in progress when they arrived.

All three of the victims initially found were tied with medical tape and electrical appliance wire, Tina was later found missing once they had determined who was there and who the victims were. They had been bludgeoned with a claw hammer and both Sue and John had been repeatedly stabbed including in their throats. It was a terrible massacre and they found a bent steak knife that had been used, the force of the attack had caused the damage to the knife.

By 1984 the case had gone cold but they then found a portion of Tina’s skull recovered near Camp Eighteen, around 29 miles from the Keddie site. An anonymous called to the Butte County Sheriff’s department claimed that the skull was hers and the area was searched again. The jawbone and dozens of other bones were found, along with what might have been other evidence. Sadly despite this and the local media coverage nothing new has been discovered and the crime remains unsolved.

 
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