Case File #0143
Arlis Perry
On the evening of 12 October 1974, 19-year-old Arlis Perry failed to return home after attending prayer at Stanford Memorial Church in Stanford, California. At round 3:00am, her husband Bruce decided to report her missing to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. When officers arrived at the church they found the outer doors locked and no sign of forced entry. Stephen Crawford, the campus security guard, found the body of a young woman later that morning inside the church near the altar. She had been stabbed and strangled to death, and her body violated. Initially both Mr. Perry and Crawford were suspects, but evidence found at the scene ruled out both men as the killer. It would be over 43 years before her killer would finally be unmasked.
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