Al and Jeannie Mills were devoted members of the People’s Temple of San Francisco until 1975, when they “defected”. For this they were excoriated by Jim Jones, leader of the Temple, who reportedly called for their deaths not long before his own, in Jonestown, Guyana, in November 1978. In February 1980, the Mills (f/k/a Mertles) and their daughter Daphene were found murdered in their Berkeley home. By a Temple hit squad?
In 1985 two couples were killed in the woods south of Tacoma, Washington. The bodies of each the female victims were found with a knotted tube sock tied around their neck. Is this the hallmark of an unknown serial killer or just a set of coincidentally related murders?
In April 1981, three people were bludgeoned and stabbed to death in the tiny town of Keddie, California–and a fourth, a 12-year-old girl, was kidnapped. Parts of her skeleton were found three years later. The murders were never solved.