REDWOOD CITY — John Arthur Getreu, who recent cold-case breakthroughs connected to the strangling murders of two women in the 1970s near Stanford University, has been convicted by a San Mateo County jury in the first of two trials he faces for slayings that notoriously went unsolved for decades.

John Arthur Getreu, shown in a 2019 booking photo, was found guilty in the 1974 cold-case murder of Janet Ann Taylor near Stanford University. He also faces trial for the 1973 killing of Leslie Perlov in the same area. (San Mateo Co. Sheriff’s Office) 

Jurors needed just an hour of deliberation before finding Getreu guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of 21-year-old Janet Ann Taylor, who was the daughter of Chuck Taylor, a former Stanford athletic director and coach.

“We are pleased with the results of the trial. We miss Janet, but have many great memories of her,” read a statement from Taylor’s family sent to this news organization. “We want to thank the detectives and the DA’s office for all their effort and hard work in solving the case, and for the support and kindness they have always shown to our family.”

Taylor disappeared while hitchhiking from the campus to her home in La Honda on March 24, 1974. The next day, a delivery driver found Taylor strangled to death in a ditch on Sand Hill Road west of Interstate 280.

Getreu was implicated in Taylor’s death in May 2019. He had been in jail for several months in Santa Clara County after being charged the previous November with murdering Leslie Marie Perlov, a Stanford graduate whose strangled body was found Feb. 16, 1973, near a quarry off Old Page Mill Road.

Three years ago, DNA genealogy analysis led Santa Clara County sheriff’s investigators to suspect Getreu in Perlov’s death. …read more

Source:: East Bay – Entertainment


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