August 18, 1985

On this date in in 1985, Peter and Barbara Pan were found in their blood-soaked bed in Lake Merced, a housing development in San Francisco. Both Peter and Barabra had been shot in the head. Peter Pan (66), an accountant, was pronounced dead at the scene. Mrs. Pan (64) survived but would be an invalid for the rest of her life. Scrawled on the wall in lipstick were an inverted pentagram and the words “Jack the Knife.” The murder was later attributed to Richard Ramirez, the “night stalker.” When this was announced later in 1985, both Wendy and T. Belle, acquaintances of the Pan’s expressed their relief and satisfaction that the murderer had been caught. After Ramirez was convicted and sentenced to death he was quoted as saying “Big Deal. Death always went with the territory. I’ll see you in Disneyland.”

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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