Notorious Bakersfield is a podcast that steps back in time to look at some of Bakersfield's most notorious crimes, events, and characters that have impacted this Central California Valley community.
E20: Park Stockdale Horror
Just before dawn on March 9, 1972, Daniel Fusselman, a 49-year-old unemployed bartender sat in his car, outside his estranged wife Priscilla's house in Park Stockdale. She was working the graveyard shift at a downtown Bakersfield coffee shop. He wanted to witness firsthand his wife's reaction to what he'd done inside the home. They were going through a divorce and he wanted to make her life a living Hell.
E19: Murder At Bakersfield College
Whenever a violent crime occurs at a well-known institution in a community, the community takes notice-people pay attention. And that's certainly what happened when 24-year-old Bakersfield College student Frances Lorine Brown was viciously attacked and killed on the Bakersfield College campus in 1977.
E18: Wiley & Grace
Wiley Dorris was one of the most respected criminal defense attorneys in Bakersfield. If you found yourself on the wrong side of the law, Wiley was the guy you wanted in your corner. But overshadowing his courtroom triumphs, was his wife's political activism and electoral comeback victories.
Grace Dorris was one of the first women in the United States to be elected to public office. She was elected to the California Assembly in 1918.
Two years before the United States as a whole granted women the right to even vote, Bakersfield citizens elected a woman to the California legislature to represent them.
This is the story of Wiley and Grace Dorris
E17: Unsolved: Jessica Martinez
The 1990 abduction and murder of 4-year-old Jessica Martinez remains one of Bakersfield's most notorious mysteries.
If you have any information regarding Jessica Martinez's murder, please call the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111. Secret Witness Tip Line at 661-322-4040.
E16: He Solved His Own Murder
William Compton, a 76-year-old cancer patient, was murdered in his home in 1993. The first Bakersfield Police detectives to investigate the murder tentatively and wrongly determined the elderly man committed suicide. Despite this error, and thanks to the victim, Christopher Lightsey emerged as a suspect.
E15: Unsolved: Matt Odom's Murder
28-year-old Matthew Dale Odom was assaulted and stabbed in his front yard in the early morning hours of September 15, 2014. The father of four later died at the hospital from his injuries.
The seven-year anniversary of this crime is this week. Typically I cover older cases. But since this murder remains unsolved and relatively recent, I decided to cover this crime with the hope that it will jog someone's memory to help close this case.
If you have information regarding this case, please contact the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111 or the Kern Secret Witness tip line 661- 322-4040.