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Arrest in 1970s cold-case murder points to serial killer

Charged last year in Stanford Dish murder, John Arthur Getreu arraigned in killing of Janet Ann Taylor

by Palo Alto Weekly staff

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13 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 16, 2019 at 11:18 am

It is wonderful that DNA is being used to solve these cold cases.

Thank you for the update.

31 people like this
Posted by sp3cialkhm
a resident of Greenmeadow
on May 16, 2019 at 11:36 am

How on Gawd's Green Earth did this scum get out of jail in Germany after raping and killing a child and make his way to the US to do this not once, but 3 times after that?

21 people like this
Posted by Steve
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on May 16, 2019 at 12:54 pm

It's too bad that Janet's mother, Margaret, her father, Chuck, and her brother, Doug, didn't live long enough to know that her murderer had been found. They all died with broken hearts.

36 people like this
Posted by Soft On Crime = More Crime
a resident of Barron Park
on May 16, 2019 at 12:58 pm

From The Palo Alto Weekly reportage:

> Getreu had been convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for the 1963 rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl while living in Germany

> considered a juvenile under German law, the court said that he could be released on parole after serving two years and allowed to return to the United States,

> also convicted in Santa Clara County for a 1975 rape.

> Getreu is the same man who was arrested for the murder of Leslie Marie Perlov, a Stanford University graduate who was last seen on Feb. 13, 1973

The prison rehab advocates are full of horse feathers. Once a criminal or sex-offender, always a criminal/sex offender.

The guy should have been locked-up for 25 years at 16 following his first conviction for rape and murder.

Meanwhile as an adult, he lived 40+ years free of any encumbrances.

Death penalty advocates unite.

11 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Stanford
on May 16, 2019 at 3:11 pm

Did Stanford know this man was a convicted rapist and murderer when they hired him to work on campus?

12 people like this
Posted by WWJD
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on May 16, 2019 at 3:41 pm

> Death penalty advocates unite.

Do as you please. The rest of us are not in favor of state-sanctioned murder.

10 people like this
Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on May 16, 2019 at 4:02 pm

"Death penalty advocates unite."

Well, you got good company: Iran, Iraq, Cuba, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, China, Pakistan, Somalia, Bahrain, Palestinian Territories, Bangladesh, Oman, Qatar, ...

12 people like this
Posted by Leniency Breeds More Crime
a resident of Barron Park
on May 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm

> Death penalty advocates unite.

Addressing the anti-death penalty advocates...why should a murderer/rapist be allowed to live (at taxpayer expense) in some state prison for life where all of his basic needs (i.e. medical/dental/food/shelter/clothing) are covered?

While some anti-death penalty advocates contend the death penalty is costlier over the long run, Texas doesn't seem to have that fiscal problem.

The punishment should fit the crime...especially for multi-offenders.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 16, 2019 at 6:55 pm

Sirhan Sirhan is coming up for parole again soon.

2 people like this
Posted by Leniency Breeds More Crime
a resident of Barron Park
on May 16, 2019 at 7:53 pm

The only issue I have with the death penalty is that it is racist. Blacks are often given less leeway in court trials and there have been numerous instances where they have either been wrongly incarcerated or executed.

The white convict/murderers tend to get fairer trials and if they are found guilty, executing them is no big loss & usually justified.

2 people like this
Posted by You are kidding
a resident of Portola Valley
on Jun 21, 2019 at 1:18 pm no matter that he turned out to be a serial killer.....what was an adult man who pled guilty to raping a minor was allowed to serve his sentence on weekends for one month AND was allowed to stay working with the scout troop that allowed girls and boys!!! WTF?! Who was that judge and this is too often the case that rapists are allowed to be free (we don't want to hurt them) and the girls/women live with this for the rest of their lives.

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