Murder Hunt in Santa Cruz County

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KPIX News footage from October 21st 1970 with reporter Pat O'Brien featuring views of Sherrif's deputies searching through areas of the Henry Cowell State Park north of Santa Cruz, as part of the hunt for the killers of the Ohta family in Soquel. Also includes a press conference with Santa Cruz County Sheriff Doug James, who discusses the search for possibly three suspects in connection with the discovery of the Ohta family's stolen car, left burnt out in a railway tunnel. He also refers to autopsy reports on the murder victims. O'Brien closes his report by reflecting on possible comparisons between this shocking crime and the Tate murders in Los Angeles, in 1969. Note that John Linley Frazier (aka The Killer Prophet) was convicted of this crime and eventually hung himself in jail on August 13, 2009. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

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