Keddie Murders in The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes

Keddie Murders in The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes

Postby dmac » Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:45 am

Here is one of the absolutely worst 'summaries' this crime has ever seen. Apparently written around 2009, the 'author' clearly got much of his info from web forums where the truth was coming out, but instead chose to pick the same tired lies which have dogged the case from day one- as well as make up some brand-new, inflammatory lies of his own. Put this through the 'truth strainer' and all that remains are about three sentences of bare-bones facts.

I give you, from the Metcalf School of Purple Prose, the chapter about the Keddie Murders as found in The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes, by Michael Newton:

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M Newton wrote:SHARP, Glenna Sue- murder victim (1981)

In November I980, 36-year-old Glenna Sharp settled in Keddie, California, with her five children: 15-year-old john, 14-year-old Sheila, 13-year-old Tina, nine-year-old Ricky, and five-year-old Greg. Together, theyoccupied Cabin 28 at the Keddie Resort, an idyllic site built in 1910, with 33 cabins, a renowned lodge and restaurant, forest hiking trails and trout-fishing streams. Life was good until April 11, 1981, when grim disaster struck.

That evening, john Sharp and a friend, 17-year-old Dana Wingate, hitchhiked five miles from Keddie to Quincy, attended a party at Oakland Camp there, then thumbed their way home between 9:30 and 10 P.M. In their absence, Sheila Sharp scheduled a sleepover with the Seabolt family, who lived next door to Cabin Z8, while brothers Greg and Ricky invited a male friend identified only as Justin to spend the night with them. Tina Sharp returned to Cabin 28 around 9:30 and went to bed, while her brothers and friend Justin ate popcorn and watched The Love Boat on television.

Glenna Sharp had declined an invitation from another Keddie Resort neighbor, Marilyn Smartt, to join her, husband Martin Smartt, and their housemate John “Bo” Boubede at the Backdoor bar in Keddie. According to Marilyn’s later statements, Boubede and Martin Smartt met at veteran's hospital in Reno, Nevada, and became friendly enough for Boubede to move in with the couple. Boubede craved a date on the night of April 11, and Marilyn later claimed that Glenna’s refusal to play along angered both men. Sometime between 10:30 and 11 RM. on April 11, one or more still unknown killers entered Cabin 28, binding Glenna Sharp, son John, and Dana Wingate with duct tape and wire. Over the next 10 hours, an orgy of torture and mayhem ensued, leaving the victims mutilated almost beyond recognition with knives and a claw hammer. As Plumas County Sheriff‘s Patrol Commander Rod DeCrona described the scene to reporters, “Whoever did this stabbed the victims so violently they bent one knife totally double from the force. They stabbed and pounded on everything in sight—the walls, the people, the furniture, everything. There was blood sprayed absolutely everywhere. You knew right away we were involved with a psychopath.”

Strangely, throughout the long ordeal, the Seabolts and other neighbors heard nothing. Stranger still, Glenna Sharp’s younger sons and their guest for the night were unharmed. Early reports claimed that the boys “slept through” the massacre, although that claim was subsequently contradicted. Sheila Sharp discovered the carnage when she returned home at 7:00 A.M. on April 12. Shocked, she retreated to the Seabolt cabin and secured their help in extricating Greg, Ricky, and Justin through a bedroom window. The Seabolts telephoned the sheriff’s office at 7:10 and deputies arrived 10 minutes later to examine the crime scene.

They soon found out that Tina Sharp was missing. Sheila had not seen her sister when she left to sleep with the Seabolts and assumed that Tina had been “playing somewhere outside.” Also missing, according to Sheila, was a “shoebox” made by Tina as a school project and normally kept in Cabin 28's kitchen with various tools inside; Tina’s red nylon iacket; and a pair of Tina’s shoes, with the word “GASS” [for Great American Shoe Store, the slogan of Kinney Shoes) printed on the soles. Detectives found no sign of forced entry, but noted knife marks on various bloodstained walls. The bloodstains were all type O, matching members of the Sharp family and some 41 percent of all Americans. Other evidence found in Cabin 28 included three murder weapons (a bloody hammer, a butcher’s knife, and a bent steak knife); a blue Windbreaker with redand white stripes, found near Dana Wingate’s body; a still—unidentified fingerprint lifted from a handrail on the outside rear stairs; and a button found on the ground behind the cabin. Officers noted that Cabin 28’s telephone was off the hook, all the lights were switched off, and the drapes were pulled shut.

Detectives questioned the Smartts on April 13, searching their home and the Keddie Resort’s clubhouse for clues. Marilyn Smartt later told documentary filmmakers that a bloody jacket belonging to Tina Sharp was found in her basement, but if so, no record of the discovery now exists. Martin Smartt told investigators that his claw hammer was missing, but it never surfaced. Sheriff Doug Thomas subsequently claimecl that Martin provided “endless clues” in the case, each one designed to “throw the suspicion away from him.”

Houseguest Justin X told conflicting stories to police, first claiming that he “dreamed” details of the murders, later saying that he witnessed the crime while awake. According to the latter statement, he was watching TV with Gary and Rick Sharp in their bedroom, when sounds from the living room drew him to investigate. He saw Glenna Sharp with two men, one sporting a moustache and long hair, the other clean-shaven with shorter hair. Both men reportedly wore eyeglasses. John Sharp and Dana Wingate entered the cabin and began to argue with the men, sparking a “fight” that ended in mass murder. During the assaults, Tina Sharp emerged from her bedroom, dragging a blanket and asking, “What's going on?” The intruders then seized her and carried her out the backdoor while she shouted for help.

Harlan Embrey, a forensic artist with the Reno Police Department, prepared drawings of the killers based on Justin’s descriptions. Some who viewed the drawings say that they resemble Martin Smartt and John Boubede, while others deny it. Based on Justin‘s age and inconsistencies in his statements, some investigators dismiss the sketches as worthless.
Over the next three years, local police spent some 4,000 man-hours investigating the Keddie murders. FBI agents briefly examined Tina Sharp’s disappearance as a presumed kidnapping, but were no more successful in solving the case. At last, on April 22, 1984, a man collecting bottles for recycling found human bones near Feather Falls, in Butte County, roughly 100 miles from Keddie. In June, pathologists identified the partial skeleton as that of Tina Sharp. Near the grave site, officers unearthed a child’s blanket and blue nylon iaeket, a partial pair of Levi’s jeans missing one rear pocket, and an empty dispenser for surgical tape. If anything, those discoveries compounded the mystery.

While authorities offered no motive for the Keddie sayings, armchair cletectives noted that Dana Wingate was a known marijuana user, suggesting that he may have been caught in a drug deal gone wrong. Family acquaintance Carla McMullen claimed that Wingate and John Sharp stole a quantity of LSD from unnamed dealers, but she offered no proof. Parallel rumors, equally unsubstantiated, suggested that Glenna Sharp sold drugs or was involved in prostitution. Another theory, generally dismissed by police, claims that the slayings were committed by bloodthirsty Satanists.

Long after the murders, Marilyn Smartt told documentary filmmakers that she believed husband Martin and John Bouhede committed the Keddie murders. According to her statement, she left Martin and Boubede at the Backdoor bar on April 11, 1980, and went home to sleep, then woke at 2:00 A.M. on April 12 to find them burning “something” in their cabin’s woodstove. Martin Smartt died of cancer in Portland, Oregon, in June 2000, and is thus unable to defend himself, but ex-Sheriff Doug Thomas told the film crew, “We gave him a polygraph and he passed it." The whereabouts of John Boubecle is presently unknown, but sheriff’s officers have made no move to charge him with the crimes.

In 2003, a horror film entitled The Strangers depicted an assault by three masked home-invaders on a couple staying in an isolated rural cabin. The Film’s producers claim that it was “inspired by true events,” and Internet bloggers elaborated by linking it to the slaughter in Cabin 28, but the Hollywood version has one striking difference from history—its victims manage to outwit their would—be killers and survive.
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Re: Keddie Murders in The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes

Postby Chichibcc » Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:16 am

I agree with your assessment-there are grammar and fact errors abound.

The writer couldn't even get the names of those involved correctly-he called Greg "Gary."

This summary could have potentially been decent, however, had he taken the time to re-check and proof-read, neither of which was done.
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Re: Keddie Murders in The Encyclopedia of Unsolved Crimes

Postby wren » Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:13 pm

I think I gave up looking for inaccuracies when I came to the word "idyllic"... But yeah, that's all a bit of a clusterfuck.
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