Cheryl Cathleen "Cathy" Nolan -- September 19, 1966 Message Board: Other Possible Zodiac Victims: Cheryl Cathleen "Cathy" Nolan -- September 19, 1966

By Tom Voigt (Admin) ( - on Sunday, October 13, 2002 - 02:23 pm:

San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, Sept. 19, 1966

Mystery Murder of Oakland Girl

The body of a pretty auburn-haired girl -- shot
in the heart -- was found in her widowed mother's car
in Berkeley yesterday.

She was identified as Cheryl Nolan, 17, Oakland.

A woman passerby first noticed the girl slumped
in the front seat of a red Volkswagen in a quiet
residential neighborhood about 8 a.m. on Eton
avenue near Woolsey street.

The girl, dressed in black stretch pants and a
sweater, appeared to be sleeping -- but when the woman
noticed she was still there two hours later, she
telephoned police.

When Berkeley patrolman Manvil Hendrickson
responded to the woman's call, he found the car
parked on the wrong side of Eton avenue, "sticking
pretty far out."

"I saw blood," he said, "and when I opened the
door, I saw she was dead."

The body of the slain girl was in the passenger's
seat of the car, he said.

A single bullet, apparently from a .38 caliber
pistol, had cut through her left wrist and smashed
into the left side of her chest severing a heart

She had been dead since about midnight, the
officer said.

Although her purse was missing, she was quickly
identified as 17-year-old Cheryl Cathleen Nolan of 360
Verson street, the daughter of Adele [sic] Nolan.

Her anguished mother told police her daughter
left their apartment home at 8 p.m. Saturday night --
presumably for a date in Berkeley -- but never
returned. "She took my car -- I think someone must
have followed her."

"She was just a beautiful 17-year-old," mourned
her mother. "She had long auburn hair and she
wouldn't be unkind to any one."

"We were more like sisters than like mother and

Mrs. Nolan, an Oakland secretary, said her
daughter, a senior at Oakland High School, planned
to enter business school soon.

Berkeley police immediately began an all-out
hunt for Cheryl's slayer but detectives said thay had
"almost nothing to go on."

"We're not even sure she was murdered in
Berkeley," said homicide Inspector Jack L. Houston.
"We don't know yet if she ever met her date here."

San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1966

Sketch of Dead Girl's Last Night

Pretty auburn-haired Cheryl Nolan [...] may
have had a tryst with her killer Saturday night in
one of Berkeley's coffee houses.

The lively youngster, Berkeley police said, was
known as a habitue of Berkeley's Telegraph avenue
coffee houses and was last seen alive at 11 p.m.
Saturday in deep conversation with two sandled,
long-haired young men.

Lieutenant Darrel Hickman of the Berkeley Police
Department said that some of Cheryl's friends are
known to authorities as "dabblers or users in the
Telegraph avenue marijuana and drug scene."

Cheryl's friends, however, told police the girl
herself was not a "user."

"She didn't dig it," one said.

But, Lieutenant Hickman said, Cheryl did dress in
the fashion affected by coffee house frequenters.

For the last six months, Hickman said, the
Oakland High School senior wore her beautiful hair
hanging long, and on the night of her death was attired in purple
stretch pants and an embroidered, plum-colored sweater.

When she left her home at 360 Vernon street,
Oakland, Saturday night she told her widowed mother,
Adela, that she was planning to meet a friend at the
Jabberwock Club at 2901 Telegraph avenue. However,
no one recalls her having entered the club any time
during the evening, Hickman said.

She was seen at 11 p.m. on the 2400 block of
Telegraph avenue, talking to the two young men.

Eleven hours later her body was found in the
little red car she had borrowed from her mother. It
was parked on the wrong side of Eton avenue near
Claremont avenue in the quiet residential area of
south Berkeley.

The girl was sitting on the front seat, on the
passenger side of the car. A single bullet from
what police think may be a 32-caliber gun or a
slightly larger foreign weapon passed through her left wrist and penetrated her chest.

Police had only two fragile leads to the girl's

A woman living on Eton street reported to
auhtorities she was awakened shortly before 1 a.m.
by what she thought may have been a shot, but did not
look outside.

A man told police that at 11:55 p.m. he saw a
tall heavy-set man wearing a windbreaker running
south on Eton avenue toward Claremont. The girl died
between midnight and 1 a.m. Sunday.

Hickman said that five of Cheryl's boy friends
and a number of girls voluntarily had submitted to
fingerprinting and photographing. He said most of the
young people were "new" friends who had met the
blue-eyed girled in recent months.

There have been no arrests and no charges. None
of the youngsters questioned have been implicated in
any way with the slaying.

A Rosary for the dead girl will be recited at 8
o'clock this (Tuesday) evening at the Albert Engle
Mortuary, 3300 High street in Oakland. A Requiem
Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday)
at St. Margaret Mary's church at 1219 Excelsior
avenue, Oakland, and burial will be private.

In addition to her mother, Cheryl is survived by
her paternal grandfather, George V. Nolan, her
maternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Eustace Alvers, and
a great-grandmother, Mrs. William Lund, all of

San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1966

Berkeley Killer Hunt

Berkeley police dug deeper into Berkeley's
coffee house sub-culture as they sought the killer
of pretty, auburn-haired Cheryl [Nolan].

It is a small, hip world police are penetrating,
almost entirely encompassed within the 2400 block of
Telegraph avenue and almost entirely populated by
non-college "teenie-boppers," young girls on the
prowl for older "cats."

Somewhere within this strange little universe,
police believe 17-year-old Cheryl may have met or,
at least been spotted by, the man who fired a single
bullet into her heart [...].

So far authorities have uncovered only one
promising lead. A 18-year-old youth, Robert Leone
at 1021 Via Roble in Lafayette, volunteered to police
that on Saturday night about midnight he was driving
toward his home and at the intersection of Ashby
avenue and Claremont he saw a red Volkswagen being
driven by a "long-haired girl." Driving directly
behind her, and apparently in hot pursuit, Leone
reported, was a green Volkswagen driven by a man.

At the cut-off to Lafayette, Leone said the red
car made a sudden illegal U-turn and headed back to
Berkeley. The green car executed the same maneuver
and followed.

Ten hours later Cheryl's body was found in her
car that was parked on Eton avenue near Claremont

Berkeley police sya that two women living in the
area where the car was found heard a "muffled" shot
just before 1 a.m. Both the chase and the shot seem
to coincide with the time of Cheryl's death.

Authorities said they had talked with numerous
young people who said Cheryl had been wandering the
2400 block of Telegraph avenue from mid-afternoon
Saturday until shortly before midnight.

They quoted some of her relatively new friends
as saying Cheryl had talked that night about driving
down to the Monterey Jazz Festival -- although she
had promised her mother to be home by 12:30 a.m.

Police said Cheryl was known to have picked up
hitchhikers but was "very fussy" about who drove the
little red car. It is for this reason authorities
think it strange that Cheryl's body was found on the
passenger side of the front seat and no evidence of
struggle was apparent.

It is known, authorities said, that earlier in
the evening Cheryl and a young man named "Mike"
dropped in at the apartment of Roger D. Larson, 24,
of 5830 Birth street, in Oakland.

They remained for a time after Larson and a
friend departed, and then Cheryl dropped him [Mike?]
off at the home of friends, and she returned to
Telegraph avenue, police said.

Rich Wherry, 27, manager of Pepe's Pizza parlor
in the Telegraph avenue "strip," said he recognized
Cheryl from her picture in newspapers of the last
couple of days.

"I recall seeing her," he said, "but not when
she was here. [?] There are so many of them ... [sic]
I guess they don't have any place else to go. They
just come up and mill around."

Cheryl's distraught mother, Adela, knew her
pretty "Cathy" (as she called her) as a non-smoker, a
non-drinker, and a girl of utmost fastidiousness.
Cheryl's friends from Oakland High School recall her
as "good and generous and kind."

But on the Avenue, police said, Cheryl was
called a "swinger."

San Francisco Chronicle
Saturday, Sept. 24, 1966

Murder Probe

Berkeley police widened their search yesterday
for the slayer of 17-year-old Cheryl Nolan to the
Lake Tahoe area.

Lieutenant Darrell Hickman said he had sent two
officers to Stateline after learning that the pretty
auburn-haired girl had spent three months this summer
working in a taxi cab office there.

He said Cheryl shared an apartment at the lake
with two other girls.

"She made friends so easily and so quickly,"
Hickman said, "there must be many people up there
who know her and might be able to give us a lead."

By Chrissy Shaw (Chrissy_Shaw) ( - on Sunday, October 13, 2002 - 05:27 pm:

This is an interesting case compared to z. Good digging Tom.

By Ed N. (Ed_N) ( - on Tuesday, October 15, 2002 - 08:36 pm:

When she left her home at 360 Vernon street, Oakland, Saturday night she told her widowed mother, Adela, that she was planning to meet a friend at the Jabberwock Club at 2901 Telegraph avenue. However no one recalls her having entered the club any time during the evening, Hickman said.

Hmm... didn't Faraday and Jensen pull the same maneuver?

A man told police that at 11:55 p.m. he saw a tall heavy-set man wearing a windbreaker running south on Eton avenue toward Claremont.

Sounds kinda like Z, except for the tall bit.

By obiwan (Obiwan) ( - on Wednesday, October 16, 2002 - 12:55 am:

Douglas, can you confirm TK's wherabouts at the time of the crime posted by Tom? Being on a weekend it fits the other Z crimes. Also, the fact she was in the passenger seat leads me to wonder: was the car disabled & perhaps the killer offered to fix it and drive her home? I wonder if the car was examined...

Z might not have wanted to take credit for this because it was early in his spree and he left fingerprints. It seems worthwhile to ask police if they took any prints and if these have been checked with a modern fingerprint database.

By Douglas Oswell (Dowland) ( - on Thursday, October 17, 2002 - 03:55 am:

Obiwan, TK was living in his apartment at the U of Michigan during that month. In fact, that would have been the month in which he went to the campus psychiatrist to ask about the feasibility of a sex change operation.

It appears to me that the above case might have been an attempted abduction and rape, with the perpetrator shooting the victim when she wouldn't cooperate.

By Sandy (Sandy) ( - on Thursday, October 17, 2002 - 09:03 am:

Thank you Tom again for some very good information! Oakland,Berkeley,Tahoe, keeps coming up in the Z case.Alexandra Glery,Eva Blau,and this one.Also the two girls in 88, one of which was at my job in Oakland just hours before she was killed.She was being watched by my suspect in the Resturant that day while she and I were talking.It was "Easter" weekend he left when she did.Two weeks later someone put all the news paper clippings on my tray neatly folded and stappled together about the one girl Vicky Bell. My RH suspect lived in Berkeley at that time.Kane hadn't moved to Tahoe until 70.

By Valentine Smith (Valentinesmith) ( - on Friday, October 18, 2002 - 09:46 pm:

Wow! Are there any more details on this one? Tom...are you digging these up yourself? Well done.