February 18, 2001 |
Alone in the basement, Jeanne Boylan sketched into the night. She didn't even stop to eat, afraid that if she did, she might never continue. For more than 20 years, two faces had haunted her. In nightmares, she could still hear them taunting her, two strangers who, on a lonely country road, stole long and unforgettable hours of her life. Even today, Boylan talks about the attack haltingly. "I just wanted to forget," she says.
November 6, 1996 |
An autopsy Tuesday shed little light on the death of a registered sex offender who was the subject of a nationwide search after allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in her home last week. Larry Wayne Cole, 55, was found dead Monday in a vineyard ditch in rural Napa County about an eighth of a mile from his car. There were no weapons, drugs, alcohol or suicide notes at the scene, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1996
The media have played right into the hands of Richard Allen Davis by repeating (ad nauseam) his evil courtroom antics ("Klaas Killer Sentenced to Die, Stuns Court," Sept. 27). Imagine the grand disappointment to him if they had been ignored. I believe this is one time when the feelings of the family should have taken priority over "the public's right to know." BETTY BRIDGEMAN- SHANNON Huntington Beach Davis has shaken my allegiance to the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.
September 28, 1996 |
It was the ultimate insult, hurled at one of the gravest moments in the judicial process. The accusation: that 12-year-old Polly Klaas had been molested by her father. The accuser: Richard Allen Davis, the parolee about to be sentenced to die for killing Polly. Other defendants have erupted in court, shouted obscenities at the judge and even turned on their own attorneys. But rarely, if ever, trial observers said Friday, has one uttered the kind of malevolent insult Davis aimed at Marc Klaas.
September 27, 1996 |
Moments before a judge sentenced him to death Thursday for the murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas, Richard Allen Davis stunned a crowded courtroom by accusing the dead girl's father of molesting her. As one of Marc Klaas' friends shouted "Burn in hell, Davis!" an enraged Klaas lunged toward the killer before sheriff's deputies intercepted him and pushed him from the courtroom. Spectators gasped and there was a long, drawn-out "Ohhhh!" The episode began when Davis was telling Judge Thomas C.
August 6, 1996 |
A jury recommended Monday that Richard Allen Davis be put to death for the kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas, a crime that horrified the nation and invigorated an anti-crime movement in California. "Yes!" exclaimed a visibly relieved Marc Klaas, Polly's father, as a court clerk read the verdict from the same jury that had convicted Davis in June of murdering Polly. A few Klaas family supporters gasped, then clapped their hands.