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Who Killed Kerry Patterson-Final Episode
When we started this story, like so many others, we don't know how they will end. This one rekindled an old acquaintance, who is now a friend, it introduced me to Bob Taft, who I know now, will be a long time friend and created an even closer relationship with Kristi, an old friend. So, if all this has done is get Kerry's story out there and help people remember her then we've done what we set out to do, what we didn't plan on was Kerry bringing us all together, I've said it before, and I will say it again, we were all brought to this one place for a reason, if that reason is friendship, I myself, am good with that, if its to tell more stories like Kerry's I'm good with that, ultimately we are all here for the journey, no matter where that leads us...and Im good with that too.
Crystal sent me an email of her final thoughts, that email is here in its entirety:
As you have heard in this Podcast so skillfully assembled by Cathie Curtis, on June 14, 1980 our family moved to Fullerton from Cerritos, mainly because we wanted our then15 year old daughter Kerry to go to Sunny Hills High School.
The new neighborhood was bustling with trades people laying concrete patios, putting in sod, doing landscaping and brick walkways. We were one of the last homes sold so most owners were well on their way to finishing up their exteriors and front yard landscaping.
On June 26 Kerry and Michelle were going to take the beach bus to Huntington Beach for the first time with their new boogie boards. At the last minute we were informed that a piece of furniture we ordered was going to be delivered that day, so I had to ask the girls to stay home and wait for the delivery.
In the early afternoon Kerry called an old friend who had moved to Fullerton a year before and made plans to meet up with him and a couple of his friends at the Ice Cream Castle about a mile from our new home. Kerry told Michelle she would bring her back a candy bar, and she took off on foot to walk the short distance to the strip mall where the ice cream store was.
That was the last time anyone in our family saw Kerry.
I have spent the last 40 years trying to sort out what happened to my daughter. To begin with, the Fullerton Police Department mishandled Kerry’s case from the beginning. According the “statistics” at the time I was told, “girls between the ages of 12-17 who go missing are 99% of the time runaways. Unfortunately for Kerry her age put her in that category, and no amount of exculpatory evidence like $20 sitting on her dresser, a suitcase mostly packed for a weekend trip in her room, and close friends and family saying she would never run away, made any difference to the Fullerton Police Department. Kerry falling into their “statistic” made it easy for them to put forth minimal effort to help us find my child. As a result, critical evidence and leads were overlooked. Proper notes and documentation were non-existent so trying to piece together what happened at the time made it nearly impossible for follow up efforts throughout the years.
After Kerry’s remains were found in an unincorporated area of Brea, the case was transferred to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Most of the detectives I dealt with there were compassionate and helpful, and were also appalled at the lack of information provided by Fullerton. I continued to push forward for leads. I met with movie directors who talked about making a movie of her disappearance, journalists who wrote articles in local papers about her murder. I met with people like you Cathie who so graciously have taken their time to create this unbelievable Podcast about Kerry’s murder. I sent letters to John Walsh and Mark Fuhrman begging them to help me, all to no avail. I contacted the TV Show Cold Justice but due to another pending case the Orange County Sheriff’s Department was
Who Killed Kerry Patterson Part 4
Cerritos High School 1979
(Picture Michele is referring to in this episode)
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Who Killed Kerry Patterson Part 3
We are pleased that the Orange County Sheriff's Department agreed to be interviewed for this case.
The disappearance and murder of Kerry Patterson hit home for Investigator Bob Taft, being a father himself, its hard to imagine the heartbreak of losing a child.
He joins us today to discuss the case.
Who Killed Kerry Patterson Part 2
The loss of a loved one changes you, in ways you may never expect.
Interview with Kerry's sister
Who Killed Kerry Patterson Part 1
Kerry Patterson was a pretty, outgoing orange county teenager.
On December 27, 1980, a worker in the Union oil field in Brea California, specifically in tonner Canyon, came across a human skull, located on flat ground in the middle of the oil field, about 50 feet from an oil derrick, rested what would break a mothers heart, send a sister on a life long search and a cold case detective looking for answers, the life and death of Kerry Patterson has touched many lives, lives of people she never even had a chance to meet.
They say kids say the darnest things, but, some do the scarest, listen as we chat about things perfectly normal kids have said to completely freak out their parents and hear about kids who really were the scariest thing you can imagine.
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