|On the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, the
bodies of Jason Allen, 26, and Lindsay Cutshall, 23, were found in their sleeping bags on
a remote ocean beach just north of Jenner in Sonoma County, Calif. Each had been shot in
the head sometime between Saturday night, Aug. 14 and early Monday morning, Aug. 16. The
murder weapon was either a Marlin Model 1894 rifle, lever action, .45 long Colt caliber,
or a Marlin Model 45, semi-automatic/camp carbine, .45 ACP caliber. There was no sign of a
struggle, nothing was stolen and neither victim had been sexually assaulted. Their
vehicle, a red 1993 Ford Tempo, was found parked just off Highway 1 several hundred feet
from the crime scene and was apparently not tampered with. No motive for the murders has
been established and no suspects developed.
Due to the amazing similarities between the Allen/Cutshall murders and those of the Zodiac
killer, I visited the Jenner area on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, along with fellow Zodiac
researchers Ed Neil and Sandy Betts.
|Discussion on the many similarities between the
Zodiac's crimes and this double murder can be found here.
Leads? Tips? Zodiackiller.com info line: (415) 267-4818 |
Original crime scene,
two weeks earlier
Jason Allen | Lindsay Cutshall
| Victims' Car: 1, 2, 3, 4
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Looking south from a turnout off Highway 1,
this is an overview of the beach north of Jenner.
Sandy and Ed enjoy the beautiful view.
The beginning of the steep, winding trail
leading down to the beach.
All of the trails that lead to the beach along
this portion of Highway 1 are rather treacherous.
If the killer used this trail at night, he
must have carried a flashlight.
Ed got a sideache halfway down and had to
rest. Too much Taco Bell?
Ed at the end of the trail. The entire area is
Sandy wasn't dressed for such an endeavor, but
she eventually made it.
While many enjoy the view from the highway
above, we saw only a couple of people on the beach.
Ed and Sandy attempting to identify the crime
scene from a newspaper photograph. It wasn't easy.
Ed enjoying the scenery. It was hard to
imagine such a horrible crime occurring in such a beautiful location.
Highway 1 is on the ridge in the background.
Ed examines an area near the crime scene. We
found a few interesting items, although we aren't sure if they are relevant to the
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The crime scene was by the rock and to the
left of this picture.
Looking down at the crime scene from the
One of the items we found looked like an
explosive wrapped in tape.
Sandy searching for clues. The beach was
remarkable clean, probably due to the intense investigation.
We dug around in quite a bit of debris.
Luckily, nobody encountered a jellyfish.
Sandy takes this stuff quite seriously and
even tried to check the top of the huge rock!
Ed and I finally had to pull her off once it
started to get dark...
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