Barbara Jane Parkin -- December 7, 1967 Message Board: Other Possible Zodiac Victims: Barbara Jane Parkin -- December 7, 1967

By Tom Voigt (Tom_Voigt) ( - on Saturday, June 29, 2002 - 02:18 pm:

A brief conversation with the brother of this victim leads me to believe this case has not been solved. More research will be conducted on my upcoming trip to the San Francisco area.


San Francisco Examiner
Saturday, December 9, 1967


Victim of multiple of gun wounds, the body of
a blonde, blue-eyed nurse was found yesterday in a
wild, desolate part of Marin's Point Reyes National Seashore. She was identified through fingerprints as Barbara Jane Parkin, 34, of 2224C Grant St., Berkeley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Parkin of 218 Nebraska, St., Vallejo.

Sheriff Louis Montanos and Deputy Coroner Keith
Craig said pending further investigation, they
had no clues and no suspects, although one man she was known to have had a phone talk with last Wednesday has been questioned.

The body was found by Bruce H. Gaines. 25, of
1071 Clayton St., San Francisco, who had gone to
McClure's Beach to fish. He called the Sheriff's

Deputies said the dead woman lay curled on her
side, her head tucked against the base of a fallen
tree. She was fully clothed in blue, denim cutoffs, a long-sleeved yellow sweat shirt, a short wool coat and blue tennis shoes.

There were wounds in her left ear, forehead, left
breast, left knee, right thigh, her back, nape of the neck, left buttock and left groin.

Craig said there were no immediate indications
that the murder involved a sex offense, but that could not be certain until a complete autopsy was completed later today.

Identification was established at the State
Bureau of Criminal Identification by deputies who
went to Sacremento during the night. Miss Parkin's
prints were on file there, as she had applied in 1954 to become a public nurse.

Once her identity and residence were known, the
sheriff contacted her brother, Richard B. Parkin Jr., of 2829 Delmore Rd., San Pablo. The brother said he had not seen Miss Parkin for about three months and did not know if she had been working recently as a nurse, or where. She held
a regular nurse's rating.

He described her as a "very intelligent woman"
who was graduated from Vallejo High School, had
attended UC of Berkeley, then obtained a bachelor of science degree from the UC School of Nursing in
San Francisco.

San Francisco Examiner
Sunday, December 10, 1967


(Recap omitted)
Sheriff Louis Montanos and Deputy Coroner Keith
Craig determined that Miss Parkin had been dead for about 24 hours when she was found dead Friday with 10 bullet wounds.

The young woman was murdered with a .32 caliber
weapon, a prelimnary examination showed.
The investigation thus far has revealed that
Miss Parkin had planned to give up nursing for a
career in educational counseling.

Deputies discovered her car, a blue 1958 sedan,
parked on the bluff above where her body was found by Bruce H. Gaines, 25, of San Francisco, who had gone to the beach to fish.

Craig said there were no immediate indications
that the murder involved a sex offense, but he
couldn't be certain until a complete autopsy is

She was described by her brother, Richard B.
Parkin, of San Pablo as an "ardent skindiver and
excellent swimmer" who spent much of her spare time at seashores.

Papers in the car also contained an application
she had filled out for admission to California State College in Hayward to study educational counseling.

San Francisco Examiner
Monday, December 9, 1967


Marin County investigators today were still
seeking the killer who fired eight slugs into
Barbara Jane Parkin, the 34 year old nurse whose body was found on lonely McClure's Beach.

Marin County Deputy Coroner Keith Craig said
today that four .32 caliber bullets were recovered
from the woman's body, three of them from her head.

(Recap omitted.)

Further tests being conducted would reveal if
the woman had been sexually molested, and if she
died in the water.

Investigarors revealed that Miss Parkin
had written on an application in September to Hayward State College that she did not "wish to be a nurse any longer because I do not like being around sick people." She wanted to study sociology, she said.

For some reason, she did not enroll in college,
however, and shortly after took a nursing job in

Marin Sheriff's authorities reported they had
questioned one man who had dated Miss Parkin, and
who had come in voluntarily, but he was not being
considered a suspect.

San Franciso Chronicle coverage:
12/9/1967, Page Thirty
12/11/1967, Page Two

Note: The fact that she grew up in Vallejo (not far from Arthur Leigh Allen's residence at 32 Fresno), was the same age and attended high school with Allen is fascinating to me. Plus, she was a skindiver and spent a considerable amount of her time at the coast, as did Allen.

By Tom Voigt (Tom_Voigt) ( - on Sunday, June 30, 2002 - 03:54 pm:

To be precise, Barbara Jane Parkin grew up exactly 1.17 miles from Arthur Leigh Allen's house at 32 Fresno.

By Sylvie (Sylvie14) ( - on Sunday, June 30, 2002 - 04:01 pm:

I find this case and its connection to Allen interesting.
All I can say is that if Allen is responsible for all these murders - Zodiac, Sonoma, Parkin, etc.,
the guy has got to be one of the most accomplished serial killers in history.

By Howard Davis (Howard) ( - on Sunday, June 30, 2002 - 09:25 pm:

I just spoke to Tom.He had just gone through security at the airport.I will be meeting the group on Monday to do S.F.He mentioned the above case which is interesting as Z said "There Will Be More" 4/30/67.
Donna Lass and other possible Zodiac victims were nurses.
The bullet spread was like the '63 female victim at S.B. and the '64 S.D. female victim honeymooner.I have the SDPD report on this couple homicide.
If the above person was a Z victim ,then it is a single female victim like Bates(and possibly Nikki Benedict 5/1/67 in Poway-see posts).I know the contraversy about Bates being a Z victim,but I firmly believe she was.The man that the SDPD believed was the perp in the Benedict case looked like the Z composite.FYI