The Keddie Murders

The Keddie Murders

The Keddie Murders was a 1981 quadruple homicide that happened in Keddie, California. It took place in Cabin 28 during either the late evening of April 11th, 1981 or early morning of the next day. The victims were 36-year-old Glenna Sue Sharp (who went by Sue), her 15-year-old son John, and his 17-year-old friend Dana Wingate. Later Tina Sharp (who was 12) was found a distance away from the cabin. Let’s break the crime down.

Sue and her five children (along with a few of her son’s friends) went to a cabin that Sue had been renting since November of 1980. On the night of April 11th Sue’s oldest daughter, Sheila, went to sleep over at a friend’s cabin instead of staying at her own. This move saved her life. A bedroom upstairs would have Sue’s youngest sons and their friend sleeping in it. The morning of April 12th, Sheila came back to her cabin at around 7:45 AM and discovered a grizzly sight. Her mother, her brother John, and his friend Dana were all murdered. They had been tied up with medical tape and appliance wire, and had been stabbed, bludgeoned, and strangled to death. Upstairs, Sheila discovered her two younger brothers and their friend were fast asleep, completely unharmed. With the help of her neighbors she got the three boys out.

An examination of the bodies revealed that the victims suffered from at least two different hammers of varying size. Sue and John had been stabbed repeatedly, and Sue had also been bludgeoned to death with a rifle and Dana Wingate was strangled to death. There were various weapons found at the scene, including a table knife, a butcher knife, and a bloody hammer (later another bloody hammer would be found that seemed to be intentionally planted). Other weapons, such as the rifle, were never recovered. A second bloody knife turned up in a trash bin behind the Keddie general store.

There were several suspects, including Marty Smartt, who was a close friend of the family’s and with the local sheriff (his son was also with the Sharp family and was the friend sleeping upstairs) and “Bo” Boubede, who was reportedly a hit man for Chicago and Las Vegas mobs. Some suspects were thought to be former lovers of Sue that held a grudge for some reason, but despite the considerable evidence and police questioning no one was arrested. It was questioned severely why Tina’s body was discovered so far from the cabin, and many people believe the entire crime was a police cover up. Eventually, in 2004, Cabin 28 was demolished along with the secrets and answers to this horrendous crime.

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