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Guard to Be Arraigned in Attack That Left One Dead

February 06, 1985|From Times Wire Services

SAN JOSE — A 23-year-old security guard at the historic Carolands mansion in Hillsborough is to be arraigned today in the beating and stabbing of two teen-age girls, one of whom died in surgery after reportedly identifying him.

Police Lt. Don Trujillo said David Allen Raley ran "his own Disneyland . . . the haunted house on the hill" and lured the curious girls inside the mansion, took them captive, "beat them and stabbed them and then left them for dead."

Officers said Raley stabbed Jeanine Grenzill, 16, of San Mateo, and Laurie McKenna, 17, of Burlingame, dozens of times--both at the mansion and in his garage--then stuffed them into the trunk of his car and spent a quiet Saturday evening playing Monopoly with his parents just a few feet away.

After six hours of that, Trujillo said, Raley dumped the bleeding victims into a remote ravine about 10 miles southeast of downtown San Jose.

The Grenzill girl, despite a fractured skull and as many as 50 stab and slash wounds in her upper body, managed to crawl up to the road where she was seen by a motorist Sunday morning. Police said she identified her attacker before she went into surgery, where she died three hours later.

The McKenna girl, listed in good condition at a San Jose hospital, also reportedly identified Raley. He was arrested at his home Sunday night and booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and kidnaping.

Police said the suspect had worked less than a year at the mansion, which was built in 1914 by Pullman Railroad Car heiress Harriet Pullman Carolan Schermerhorn. Since becoming vacant in the mid-1970s, it has become a popular attraction for high school students drawn by its reputation as a haunted house.

Just hours before he allegedly attacked the two girls, Raley told a San Francisco State University journalism student interviewing him for a feature story on the place, "You wouldn't believe the things girls offer me. Food, money, sex--anything to get inside."

He added, "They think that there's $300,000 hidden somewhere in there, and if I find it I'm sure not going to tell anyone."

Raley was described by Trujillo as a law enforcement buff who monitored police radio bands and used police jargon and codes. Area residents said he sometimes raced his car along the street with siren blaring and yellow roof light flashing.

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