Judith Gail Williamson -- October 29, 1963


Zodiackiller.com Message Board: Other Possible Zodiac Victims: Judith Gail Williamson -- October 29, 1963

By Tom Voigt (Admin) (12-224-139-118.client.attbi.com - 12.224.139.118) on Saturday, September 21, 2002 - 02:02 pm:

San Francisco Examiner
Sunday, April 10, 1966

Girl Missing Since Oct. '63

SANTA CRUZ - The partial skeleton of a young woman
found in a wooded ravine in the Santa Cruz Mountains
was positively identified yesterday as the body of
Judith Gail Williamson, 19, the pretty Albany coed
missing for 29 months.

The breastbone of the skeleton had been pierced
by a narrow-bladed instrument. A paring knife, its
wooden handle partially decomposed but its three
inch blade untarnished, was found in a litter of
refuse a few feet from the skeleton.

Albany Police Chief Ralph Jensen said 15 other
knife-like rents had been found in the tattered
remnants of a black sweater encasing the rib cage of
the girl's skeleton.

The skull and skeletal trunk were found Thursday
in the ravine 10 miles north of Boulder Creek by four
men searching for a leaf mold patch and for redwood
tree burls to fashion into novelties.

The 125-foot-deep ravine is near Waterman Gap,
just off Highway 9, where the pavement curves almost
into San Mateo county.

The leaf mold searchers told sheriff's deputies
their attention had first been attracted to the
rusting remains of a 24-year-old auto on the slopes of
of the ravine. Forty feet farther on a wooded,
debris-strewn shelf, they said they found the girl's
body.

Sheriff's deputies explained there appears to be
no connection between the coed's death and
disappearance and the aging auto.

They disclosed they had traced the ownership of
the 1942 light-green, Pontiac sedan to 21-year-old
Fred Rudell, Jr. of Santa Rosa.

The youth, according to police, said he had been
living in Los Altos and during October of last year,
had driven with his girlfriend over the Saratoga-
Waterman Gap Road.

The car, according to Rudell, boiled over and the
engine had "frozen" on the road shoulder above the
ravine. The youth told officers he abandoned the
auto and returned a few days later with youthful
friends to rip off the license plates and shove the
useless vehicle into the ravine.

The points of identification between the skeleton
and Judith Williamson, according to Chief Jensen,
were many. The teeth in the skeleton matched the
dental work performed on the coed.

A temporary aluminum crown on the upper molar
was identified as his own work by Dr. William F.
Clark, the Berkeley dentist with whom Judith failed
to keep an appointment the day of her disappearance.

The tatters of clothing found on and near the
skeleton, Chief Jensen said, were the remnants of the
hand-woven, magenta, green and black skirt, the black
cardigan sweater, and white blouse with pearl buttons
worn by Judith when she set out for classes at the
University of California on the morning of October 29,
1963.

Judith's Gruen wristwatch with the yellow, non-
stretch band, dropped from the sleeve of the cardigan
sweater. Its hands had stopped at 3:30 o'clock.

Also found near the skeleton was her tiny gold
sweater pin with a Masonic emblem.

Her father, Stanley, a civilian employee at
Alameda Naval Air Station, and her mother, Clara,
were unaware of the grisly discovery of their only
child in the canyon.

They had left last week on a European vacation
and police were unaware of their exact itinerary.
Early today, officers were attempting to contact them
in France.

The discovery answered only one part of a mystery
which has involved thousands of hours of police
investigation. It established her fate but gave no
immediate clue to her killer.

The pretty brunette was last seen alive at 6:35
a.m., October 29, 1963, when she left her home at 635
Jackson St., in Albany.

By Tom Voigt (Admin) (12-224-139-118.client.attbi.com - 12.224.139.118) on Saturday, September 21, 2002 - 02:04 pm:

San Francisco Examiner
Sunday, April 10, 1966

The Murder Timetable

October 29, 1963
6:35 a.m. -- Judith Williamson leaves her
family home at 635 Jackson St. in Albany to board a
bus for the University of California campus. She
walks downhill from her home along Castro St. to
San Pablo Ave. and across the thoroughfare to the
corner of Portland Ave. where she regularly boarded
the bus. The bus stop is a block from Albany police
headquarters.

October 30

Judith's parents report her missing. Albany
Police Inspector Art Smith issues an all-points
bulletin.

November 7, 1963

It is the ninth day after her disappearance and
Inspector Smith finally voices an unspoken fear. "As
the days go by," Smith says, "foul play becomes an
even stronger possibility."

November 8

A "very reliable" witness, according to police,
has come forward to disclose that at 7:10 a.m. on the
29th, he saw a convertible with a white canvas top
"creeping" alongside the curb on the east side of
San Pablo Ave. near Castro St. as Judith strode along
the sidewalk. A second witness also comes forward
to describe a slow-moving convertible, but says the
color is black and that the auto had distinctive
"customized" tail light assemblies.

November 9

A Lafayette auto salesman says he saw a man and
a woman struggling in a white convertible on Fish
Ranch Road in the Berkeley Hills at 8:30 a.m. on the
29th.

November 12

The first physical evidence, Judith's white
umbrella which she carried from home, is found by an
11-year-old boy in a trash can at El Cerrito Plaza,
approximately a mile from her home. It actually had
been found Nov. 1, but the boy's mother failed to
realize the significance of the clue until she
belatedly read of the girl's disappearance. She
also failed on first view to see Judith's name on a
cloth strip sewn on the umbrella.

November 13

Two of Judith's blood-smeared textbooks are found
in a trash can near Dwinelle Hall, just inside
Sather Gate at the University of California campus.
Her mechanical pencil, with her name stenciled in
gold, also is found in the trash can.

Albany police, university police and sheriff's
deputies conduct an all-out search of the densely
wooded Strawberry Creek Canyon on the UC campus.
No trace of Judith is found.

December 12

Police announce they have completed a check of
convertible owners in the Bay Area and have eliminated
860 possible suspects.

January 6, 1964

Police search for a burly Marine, who boasted to
a woman he was attempting to rape, that he had killed
the missing coed. The Marine is not found.

January 14

Police announce they have reached a dead end in
marathon questioning of more than 350 UC students
acquainted with the missing girl.

By Tom Voigt (Admin) (12-224-139-118.client.attbi.com - 12.224.139.118) on Saturday, September 21, 2002 - 02:06 pm:

San Francisco Examiner
Monday, April 11, 1966

Coed Fought for Life

A number of persons, including University of
California students, face new questions as a result
of the discovery of slain Judy Williamson's remains.

Albany Police Chief Ralph Jensen said today he
is going back through the volumes of reports on the
case "to see if anything focuses in the light of new
information."

In that case, he said, "we will requestion
anybody and everybody as it seems indicated."

Authorities believe she was knifed to death --
and that she put up a valiant fight against her
killer before she was overwhelmed.

Nicks on her right arm bone probably mean she
was struck there as she tried to fend off the blows,
Alameda County District Attorney Frank Coakley said.

The new search -- as before -- is expected to
concentrate on U.C.

A massive blood splash in a parking garage near
the campus led to speculation that she might have
been killed there -- or that her body had been lifted
from a car and put into its trunk at that spot.

According to this theory the slayer then drove
to the Santa Cruz Mountain area and dumped her down
the sheer embankment into the brush below Highway 9.

The route may have been by way of Skyline
Boulevard.

The San Francisco-Peninsula highway runs into
Highway 9 at a point fairly close to where the
skeletal remains where found.

Searchers revisted the scene yesterday and
uncovered several more bones, including those of
some fingers and the right arm. They picked up
buttons which appeared to have belonged to Judy's
clothing.

One puzzling factor was the absence of bones
from the lower part of her body. One theory was that
they could have been carried off by wild animals.

Santa Cruz county authorities are working on the
possibility that whoever killed Judy might be familiar
with the area -- perhaps a resident or owner of a
weekend place.

But that is a broad field. Countless vacationers
visit the Santa Cruz Mountains the year around.

By Tom Voigt (Admin) (12-224-139-118.client.attbi.com - 12.224.139.118) on Saturday, September 21, 2002 - 02:08 pm:

San Francisco Examiner
Tuesday, April 12, 1966

Woman Tells Judy Clue

A San Francisco woman believes she may have
seen Judy Williamson's killer in the act of looking
for a place to dispose of her body on the murder day,
the Examiner learned today.

The scene was near her summer home in the Boulder
Creek area, only a few miles from the brushy ravine
where the [...] girl's body was finally dumped.

In the light of the discovery of the remains,
the woman's report has become the hottest lead in the
renewed invesitgation.

Albany police interviewed her yesterday. Today,
Inspector Art Smith was in the Boulder Creek area
checking and re-checking this new piece of evidence.

The woman's account had three key elements:

The young man she saw was in a white convertible
of the sort witnesses said they saw creeping along the
San Pablo Avenue curb as though trailing Judy the
morning she disappeared.

The episode was on the day he vanished -- Oct.
29, 1963. And the young man was acting in such an unusual manner that the housewife's suspicions were aroused though she did not at the time know Judy had
disappeared.

The motorist was youthful -- young enough to be
a college student. Police feel that the murderer may
have been one of Judy's University of California
schoolmates.

The witness reported she saw the car on Oct. 29,
on a narrow, unpaved, deeply rutted road leading off
Highway 9 near Boulder Creek.

Unless they are lost, motorists rarely go up the
hilly, winding lane which dead-ends in a small
clearing, a quarter of a mile past the woman's house,
the last house of only a few on the road.

The woman said she was standing at the head of
the stone steps leading down to her cottage when the
car appeared.

"It was about 3 p.m. and my husband had gone
shopping in Boulder Creek when I heard a car shift
into second gear," she recalled. "I looked up and
saw the white convertible with a young man in it.
He was the only person in the car."

She said the car disappeared up the road and made
the turns until it reached the dead end, visible from
the house.

"From inside my house I could see where he
was parked. He got out of the car and was walking
around. That was the last I saw of him.

"Later when my husband got back from shopping,
I mentioned the car to him, but when we looked up
the man and the car were gone."

A few days later she read about the missing girl
and the white convertible reports. She said:

"My husband, my son-in-law and I went up and
scoured the area thinking there was some connection
with the girl, but we found nothing."

After that, she said, her son-in-law made several
independent searches throughout the area but again
found nothing.

The woman notified Albany police at the time.
The report was duly investigated along with countless
other tips, but led nowhere.

It's true significance could not be recognized
until the discovery of the remains.

Now Albany Police Chief Ralph Jensen has giving
it highest priority.

By Tom Voigt (Admin) (12-224-139-118.client.attbi.com - 12.224.139.118) on Saturday, September 21, 2002 - 02:13 pm:

San Francisco Examiner
Wednesday, April 13, 1966

Suspect in Judy Murder

A brilliant University of California dropout was
a prime suspect today in the slaying of pretty Judy
Williamson.

A chain of circumstances -- opportunity,
friendship with the victim, erratic behavior
immediately after the crime, and ownership of an auto
with tire treadmarks identical to those found in a
blood-smeared stall at a university student parking
garage -- are guidemarks in the police belief that
they may know the identity of the coed's sadistic
killer.

However, despite their suspicions, investigators
have no evidence solid enough to warrant the youth's
arrest.

Nor is he the only suspect in the investigation.

Albany Police Chief Ralph Jensen confirmed his
men are seeking the whereabouts of a second young man.
He said the latter had been friendly with the murdered
coed, had refused to submit to a lie detector test
during the early phases of the investigation and had
left the university at the end of the school year
after Judy's disappearance.

This second young man was not a dropout, but
completed the school year before departing for his
family's home in the eastern United States.

Like the first suspect, he had time and
opportunity to murder, Chief Jensen said. Both young
men, the chief added, displayed remarkable similarity
in refusing to cooperate with police.

The second suspect, Jensen noted, was represented
by an attorney, who limited police questioning and
advised his client against submitting to the polygraph
test.

The circumstantial chain linking the dropout
student to Judy is a strong one, police said.

They were students in the same high school in
Albany and knew each other well.

The youth had been known to give Judy rides to
classes at the university after both entered college
and he and the murdered coed were once members of the
same collegiate car pool.

The youth, police said, lived a short distance
from the El Cerrito shopping center where the bent
umbrella Judy carried at the time of her disappearance
on Oct. 29, 1963, was found a short time later.

The youth also, according to police, possessed
a student's permit to park his hardtop convertible
auto in the two level garage in which police found
two pools of blood indicating a bleeding body had
been removed from the passenger compartment of a
car and placed in the trunk.

Tire marks found in the dried blood matched
those on the youth's car, but police said the tires
were of an extremely popular and inexpensive brand.

It was also noted by police that the youth was
familiar with the Berkeley UC campus and would have
had ample opportunity to dispose of Judy's two
bloodstained paperback textbooks in the trash can
near Sather Gate where they were found by a casual
trash bin scavenger.

Of most interest to police was the youth's
conduct in the 72 hours after the pretty coed was
missing from her Albany home.

The youth was attending UC on a scholarship.

He did not attend classes on the day of Judy's
disappearance nor for a number of days thereafter,
police have determined.

The following weekend he drove to Los Angeles
and was there three days. After that he returned to
his family's Albany home and went back to college for
a while.

But his grades dropped sharply, and later he
drove to Los Angeles, remaining for three weeks and
often sleeping in his car. Ultimately he quit school.

Police said he abandoned his car in Los Angeles
and that his father traveled there and reclaimed it.
Investigators of the State Bureau of Criminal
Identification and Invesigation, in checking the
reclaimed car, found suspicious stains in the
passenger compartment and trunk.

"But it was an insufficient amount of residue to
go into court and testify that it was blood,"
explained Alameda County District Attorney J. Frank
Coakley.

It was learned that the rubbermat of the auto was
missing at the time of the State Investigators'
inspection and that the car appeared to have undergone
a thorough cleaning.

The youth, according to Chief Jensen, comes from
a respectable middle class family and had no brushes
with police prior to the coed's disappearance.

He, too, refused to submit to a lie detector
test.

By Tom Voigt (Admin) (12-224-139-118.client.attbi.com - 12.224.139.118) on Saturday, September 21, 2002 - 02:36 pm:

San Francisco Examiner
Thursday, April 14, 1966

Judy's Lingerie Missing

The small knife found near Judy Williamson's
body is very probably the murder weapon that killed
her, Albany Police Inspector Art Smith said today.

Nicks on several of her bones appear to match
the point of the knife, which had been honed down,
butcher-fashion, the investigator disclosed.

Meanwhile the case took a new turn when Smith
revealed that the 18 [sic] year old University of
California coed's brassiere was not found with the
remains in a remote Santa Cruz Mountain ravine.

Neither were her girdle, stockings, shoes, socks
or panties -- nor any part of her lower body, though
the remains of her skirt where there.

The physical evidence found at the scene --
Judy's sweater, blouse, slip, skirt, strands of her
hair, samples of soil, and the little knife -- have
been turned over to Dr. Paul Kirk, famed University of
California criminologist.

The bones are being examined by Dr. George S.
Loquvam, Alameda County pathologist. Inspector Smith
said Drs. Kirk and Loquvam would make a joint
microscopic examination of the bone-nicks and the
knife, later.

Smith said investigators have a total of 10
suspects, of whom four are regarded as "prime
suspects."

One of these, a brilliant University of
California dropout and friend of Judy, is of
particular interest in the intensifying probe.

On the weekend after her Tuesday disappearance,
he drove his hardtop convertible to Los Angeles, he
said, to attend a UC football game.

But he didn't go to the game.

Asked why, on being questioned later by police,
he simply said he changed his mind.

Yet, police note, he drove all that way without
taking anyone along to share the fun or the expense
of traveling to a college football game.

One incident on his trip indicated that perhaps
he didn't have much fun.

He was stopped for speeding by a California
Highway Patrol officer near Bakersfield.

The CHP report indicates he was in so emotional
a state officers felt he might have been under the
influence of alcohol, a narcotic or some potent
medicine. They kept him under observation for two
hours.

Eventually he was allowed to continue on his way
with only a citation for speeding.

But officers said when he was first stopped, he
wept.

He was gone three days, then returned to Albany.

By Howard Davis (Howard) (dsl-gte-19105.linkline.com - 64.30.222.109) on Saturday, September 21, 2002 - 06:03 pm:

This is a cold case that needs serious investigation!With new advancements in detection techniques it could solve the case.

By Sylvie (Sylvie14) (cache-dr05.proxy.aol.com - 205.188.209.169) on Saturday, September 21, 2002 - 08:56 pm:

Thank you Tom. You got it! You're incredible. My Mom who is a True Crime fanatic talked to me about this one when I was a child.
Certain elements seems to fit...

By Tom Voigt (Tom_Voigt) (12-224-139-118.client.attbi.com - 12.224.139.118) on Saturday, September 21, 2002 - 09:04 pm:

Thanks, but all the credit goes to my sources.

By Judy (Judy) (dsc12.waf-dc-1.rasserver.net - 199.183.161.243) on Monday, September 23, 2002 - 01:12 pm:

Tom, I would not say "all" the credit... You are
the one that takes the time and effort to bring new and exciting information (after you hear it from your souces) to this board. I, for one, much
appreciate all of your hard work to continue to
keep this site so awesome!

Judy

By Chrissy Shaw (Chrissy_Shaw) (dialup-67.25.97.94.dial1.seattle1.level3.net - 67.25.97.94) on Sunday, October 06, 2002 - 09:29 pm:

Dear Group and Tom:

Very fine work here by Tom and the investigation team as well.

What strikes me as out of the Z M.O.(as well as the 1963 Santa Barbara cases)is that the body is moved. In this case geographically moved. In all the "known" Z cases the bodies were left where they lay after the homicide. The effort to hide the body in such a manner as presented here points towards someone as found in the Green River cases, where the body is moved post homicide.

Another distinct difference is in the seeming trophy collecting this fellow did by keeping certain personal items. Other than in the case of Paul Stine, and perhaps the staged robbery of Sheppard and her boyfriend, i see no other examples of Z collecting anything of note from the crime scenes. Such behavior usually is deeply rooted in the individual and is likely to increase rather than decrease over a series of homicides.

Chrissy

By Alan Cabal (Alan_Cabal) (11.sanfrancisco-12rh16rt-ca.dial-access.att.net - 12.81.119.11) on Sunday, October 06, 2002 - 09:43 pm:

Okay, I know I praised William Baker's incredibly tolerant and well-phrased statement of his approach here, but I am now placing my aluminum foil yarmulke on my misshapen skull in hopes of warding off this sudden resurgence of mashed syntax and poseur profiling.

Hiya Chrissy! Didja run right out to see RED DRAGON this weekend? Inspired ya, did it? Mmmmm, SWEETBREADS, yummy!

By Spencer (Spencer) (acc05f0f.ipt.aol.com - 172.192.95.15) on Tuesday, October 08, 2002 - 08:26 am:

Dear Group:

Chrissy might just be the most entertaining poster since Bookworm . . .

Spencer

By Chrissy Shaw (Chrissy_Shaw) (dialup-67.26.85.237.dial1.seattle1.level3.net - 67.26.85.237) on Tuesday, October 08, 2002 - 07:06 pm:

Dear Alan:

I did not watch any popular films and i don't recall ever eating sweetbread. Bill has substantial training and years of job experience and i have some college training and a few honor certificates. Sorry to let you down.

Dear Spencer:

If you will travel about a bit here, you shall see I am hardly new.

To all:

I am always happy to listen to any lines here that lead from evidence towards a viable suspect, or confirms one already known. If, however, you are one inclined to dislike a woman who thinks, then i suggest you bother another.

CS

By Alan Cabal (Alan_Cabal) (12.81.121.177) on Tuesday, October 08, 2002 - 09:47 pm:

Don't they teach punctuation, syntax, or proper capitalization in college anymore? Or does one acquire a degree simply by showing up?

I won't even go into logic. And to paraphrase Gloria Steinem, "A woman who thinks is like a fish riding a bicycle."

By Chrissy Shaw (Chrissy_Shaw) (dialup-67.26.94.48.dial1.seattle1.level3.net - 67.26.94.48) on Wednesday, October 09, 2002 - 12:35 am:

Alan,

Thank you for laying your cards on the table. I suspect that context might help regarding Ms. Steinem's words. As far as English grammar, I ask you, is it common to quote a paraphrase?

I will touch on logic. What is the logic behind attention to the structure of the posting, all the while avoiding the subject of the thread completely? Since you don't know me and you have reached some far reaching notions from scant information, notions that are incorrect, why should I be drawn to any logic you claim?

To address the movements of bodies from a scene as being important, or un-important, I am more than willing to consider, since that was what I was posting in regard to. From the information in this thread alone, I would conclude that this is not the work of the zodiac fellow and I would conclude this is a homicide done by a serial, sexual sadist. Now Mr.Cabal, why should I not reach such preliminary conclusions?

By Tom Voigt (Tom_Voigt) (12-224-139-118.client.attbi.com - 12.224.139.118) on Monday, December 30, 2002 - 12:41 pm:

Update:

Joseph Otto Ebenberger, Jr., turned himself in late November, 1977. He pleaded not guilty, was convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to five to life. (He was the unnamed suspect who had the car with tire which matched the tread marks found in the blood found in the UC parking garage. His father was mayor of Albany, CA, at the time.)