Officials said that on Thursday, a California serial killer was given a term for the murder of a 21-year-old Stanford graduate and law librarian. This was a crime that had been unsolved for decades.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said in a news statement that 79-year-old John Arthur Getreu was sentenced to seven years to life in prison for killing Leslie Perlov in 1973.
He was already serving a life term for killing Janet Taylor, who was 21, in 1974.
The killings in California were part of a trend called the “Stanford murders,” according to the statement.
In a release, Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen said, “John Getreu’s long nightmare is over.” “I hope this brings some peace to the people he hurt and their families. I hope I never have to mention his name again.”
The prosecutor’s office said in an earlier news release that Perlov’s body was found on February 16, 1973, in the hills above Stanford University. The statement said that she had been strangled with a flowery scarf.
Getreu was caught in 2018
Getreu was caught in 2018 when police from San Mateo County and Santa Clara County worked together to solve the murders.
The statement said that he admitted to the crime in January after DNA under Perlov’s fingernails linked him to the murder.
The tweet below verifies the news:
The prosecutor’s office said that before Getreu was caught, he lived with his wife in Hayward, which is about 27 miles southeast of San Francisco.
Getreu was found guilty of killing Taylor in the close county of San Mateo in 2021. She was the daughter of Chuck Taylor, who coached football at Stanford.
The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office said that Taylor’s body was found on a road south of San Francisco on March 25, 1974. He had been killed. DNA was taken from her pants and tied Getreu to her killing.
The local prosecutor’s office said that Getreu had been found guilty of raping and killing a 15-year-old girl in Germany in 1963 and of raping a woman in San Mateo County, California, in 1975.
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