S6: March Mysteries: March 4, 2020: Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders
In on March Fourth Nineteen seventy two Kim. Wendy Allen was the first victim discovered in a series of slayings now known as the Santa Rosa. Hitchhiker murders. It's a cautionary tale for anyone traveling alone if you enjoy the episode. You're about to hear one listened to more true crime events from history. Check out our series. Today in true crime you can find new episodes every day. Follow today in True Crime. Free on spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. Today is Wednesday March Fourth. Twenty twenty on this day in nineteen seventy two Kim Wendy Allen. A junior college student in Santa Rosa California was raped strangled and dumped after. She hitched a ride late. One Night Kim was the first victim discovered in a series of slayings now known as the Santa Rosa hitchhiker murders but not the last welcome to today and true crime. Apar- cast original. I'm Vanessa Richardson and today. I'm joined by our guest host to release limp co host of the podcast killer Queens every week on killer Queens Terrell and her sister Tori renewal lighter take on a true crime story sprinkled with endearing and hilarious nineties references. Thanks for having me been. That's the hello everybody to roll is here to discuss some of the historical aspects of today's story while I'll cover the narrative. I'm excited about mystery of Kim Wendy Allen unsolved murder. It's one of those cases that really makes you think that could totally happen to me. That's so true and I'm thrilled to have you join me to look at this case. Due to the graphic nature of today's crimes listener discretion is advised extreme. Caution is advised for listeners under thirteen. Now let's go to a health food store in larks per California on March Fourth Nineteen seventy-two just before Kim Wendy Allen ended her final shift. Kim Shut the cash register and headed to the back room of natural foods. It had been a long shift. The hour seemed to drag even longer. Because Kim knew her day was far from over. She still had her night class at Santa Rosa Junior College. Only after that would she finally be able to sleep. Kim opened her locker and pulled out her long coat. She shrugged it on then. Slung her orange knapsack over her back. It was heavy with books. Kim Side has she either other package a large Straw bag with Chinese characters printed. On the side then reluctantly. She hefted that into her arms to it was five. Pm Time to get moving as usual. She'd hitched a ride from larks per to Santa Rosa. She knew it wasn't the ideal mode of transportation. Her mother had warned her against it several times. Even Kim's teacher at college had chimed in a couple of weeks prior Kim had been on her way out of class when her teacher? Elizabeth bar stopped her. She asked him how she planned to get back home. When Kim explained her plans to Hitchhike the teacher was disturbed. Ms Bar told Kim that a former student of hers had been murdered while hitchhiking and when Kim hadn't seemed adequately worried. Ms Bar informed her of yet. Another female hitchhiker who had managed to survive a night of hitchhiking but not without getting grievously wounded in the process then to ensure. Kim wouldn't hitchhike on that night. Ms Bar asked one of the students in the class to ferry her home but that was one night out of many tonight standing in front of the Natural Food Store. Kim knew none of her co workers would be able to give her a lift to Santa. Rosa hitchhiking was simply practical. Whatever the Risks Anyway. Unlike her mother and Ms Bar Kim didn't see evil hiding behind every face. She believed that people were generally good and kind and she'd seen as much in all her prior hitchhiking experiences. Today she thought would be like all the others. Kim waited on the side of the road she readjusted the strap of her backpack massaged her shoulder and hoped that one of the passing cars would stop soon. It didn't take long a car slowed pulling over beside her. Kim approached it eagerly a friendly expression on her face. There were two men sitting in the front seat. They smiled and beckoned her inside. Relieved shop opened the door and climbed into the car. Kim Wendy Allen would never be seen again not alive anyway up next. The bleak end of Kim Wendy Allen's final ride now back to the story on March Fourth Nineteen seventy to nineteen year old. Kim Wendy Allen left her part time job at a health food store in larks per California at five. Pm shortly after. Kim hitched a ride with two men expecting them to drive her to a night class in Santa Rosa. Instead Kim was raped and strangled to death. A couple of hours later my guest host to realize going to take over from here to discuss the details of Kim's murder and the investigation that followed thanks Vanessa on March Fifth Nineteen seventy-two less than twelve hours after Kim ended her shift at the health food store. Two teenage boys made a horrifying discovery. They found Kim's body in a ditch. Twenty feet from enterprise road. She wasn't wearing a stitch of clothing. Not her long coat her backpack her straw bag. The only item her attacker had left. Her was one solitary gold earing on examining her body. The police surmised that Kim had been raped and tortured by slow as fixation until she died at first police thought they had a solid lead. I witnesses had seen Kim entering a car with two men and the police were able to track down the men in question. They subjected them to an intense interrogation however both men attested that they had dropped him off a couple miles down the road in San Rafael airtight alibis. And the fact that one of the men passed a polygraph test helped to further absolve them of the crime. Investigators are back at Square Zero. Despite dedicating ten detectives to the case weeks passed without a lead and then more naked bodies of young female hitchhikers began turning up in ditches. Kim May have been the first victim of the Santa Rosa hitchhiker murderer as the media dubbed the serial killer. But she wasn't the last. The killer was active until nineteen seventy four for two long years. After Kim's murder they targeted young female victims between the ages of twelve and twenty four light Kim. These unsuspecting women were usually strangled raped. And then Unser Omonia sleep dumped by the side of the road. The Santa Rosa hitchhiker murderer was rumored to be responsible for anywhere from six to twenty deaths. Police eventually found a few key suspects for the killings. The I was Frederick. Manelli Frederick was one of Kim Wendy Allen Professors at Santa Rosa Junior College in Nineteen. Seventy six after Frederick bad in a car accident. His wife alerted the police to some disturbing materials. She had discovered among her late husband's belongings namely her husband's numerous sadomasochistic drawings featuring Kim Wendy Allen. These disturbing pictures were accompanied by letters. In which Frederick wrote about his obsession with sexual slavery and large-breasted women however the police later dismissed Frederick Manelli as the suspect surmising that his fixation on his former student began after her headline-grabbing death in the years since the hitchhiker murders police floated several other high profile killers as the potential culprit atop this list was the Zodiac killer. He wants signed off. One of his infamous letters to the police with the word enterprise. And since Kim Wendy Allen's body was found on enterprise road the police wondered if the Zodiac sign off. Was the timing callback. However it wasn't the Zodiacs Mo to rape victims. It didn't quite fit. Ted Bundy was another high-profile serial killer who investigators tried to link to the murders however in nineteen ninety two the US Department of Justice ruled out Bundy to they discovered his gas receipts placed in elsewhere at the time of the crimes. Ultimately the police were never able to gather enough evidence to catch the killer. The Santa Rosa hitchhiker murders remain unsolved to this day in the year. Since Kim Wendy Allen's mother has made peace with this fact and decided to focus on the living according to an article in the press Democrat. Kim's mother turned her attention towards educating young hitchhikers stating it used to be you tell a child to not ride with strangers and made mind but these days. You can't tell a child anymore. We must reach them before anymore. Taken from us. She couldn't get back her girl but she would do her best to help others. I'm Vanessa Richardson. 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