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Blood Link Sought to '70s Killings

April 25, 2002|MONTE MORIN | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Orange County prosecutors are looking into whether a key player in San Francisco's fatal dog mauling case may have committed several Southern California rapes and slayings.

Prosecutors confirmed Wednesday that they had won a court order allowing them to take blood samples, by force if necessary, from Paul "Cornfed" Schneider, a reputed leader of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang.

Schneider, 40, is the inmate who raised the vicious Presa Canario dog that killed Diane Whipple in the hallway of her San Francisco apartment building.

Schneider had bequeathed the dog to San Francisco lawyers Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller, who were convicted last month in the mauling death.

Orange County prosecutors are investigating whether Schneider was the original "Night Stalker"--a nocturnal break-in artist who raped and killed 10 people in Orange, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Schneider fought an earlier attempt to draw blood evidence, prompting authorities to seek a court order.

The night stalker crimes that Schneider is suspected of committing predated the night stalker killings committed by Richard Ramirez.

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