SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Details about a San Francisco serial killer dubbed “the Doodler” stays elusive and police are growing reward cash to catch him.

The San Francisco Police Division’s chilly case investigators stated the Doodler murdered no less than six males between 1974 and 1975. He would goal and meet his victims at homosexual nightclubs, interact in sexual relations, kill them, and dump their our bodies open air on San Francisco’s west facet, investigators stated.

One sufferer who was attacked and escaped advised police that the suspect was doodling earlier than the assault. “The suspect was drawing animal figures on a serviette. The suspect commented to the sufferer that he was attending artwork faculty and was learning to be a cartoonist. The sufferer believed the suspect to be skillful in drawing as he himself had a background in artwork,” SFPD wrote.

2023 forensic sketch offered by SFPD

Police recognized a suspect, however no arrests had been made. Victims’ our bodies had been present in Ocean Seashore, Land’s Finish, and Lincoln Park.

SFPD recognized six victims slain by the Doodler as:

  • Gerald Cavanaugh, 49, discovered 1/27/74 at Ocean Seashore
  • Joseph Stevens, 27, discovered 6/25/74 in Golden Gate Park
  • Klaus Christmann, 31, discovered 7/7/74 at Ocean Seashore
  • Warren Andrews, 52, discovered 4/27/75 at Land’s Finish
  • Frederick Capin, 32, discovered 5/12/75 at Ocean Seashore
  • Harald Gullberg, 66, discovered 6/4/75 at Lincoln Park

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Police Division introduced it elevated the reward, from $200,000 to $250,000, for info resulting in the identification, apprehension, and conviction of the Doodler.

“The SFPD Murder Element is actively working this chilly case investigation,” police wrote.

Forensic sketch from 1975 offered by SFPD

The surviving sufferer gave police a bodily description of the suspect to a forensic sketch artist. The Doodler was Black, between 19-25 years outdated on the time of the homicides, and 6-feet-tall, in keeping with police.

On Tuesday, police summarized what chilly case detectives have pieced collectively.

SFPD wrote, “In July 1975, two totally different assaults on homosexual Caucasian males occurred inside two weeks of one another within the Fox Plaza Residences. Each of the victims who had been attacked lived on the identical ground however didn’t know one another. It was decided by murder inspectors on the time that there was a connection between the assaults at/close to Ocean Seashore and the assaults on the Fox Plaza Residences. One of many survivors from the Fox Plaza assaults had met the suspect after the bars closed in July of 1975 on the Truck Cease diner close to Market/Church St. The suspect was drawing animal figures on a serviette. The suspect commented to the sufferer that he was attending artwork faculty and was learning to be a cartoonist. In October 1975, this survivor who spent essentially the most important period of time with the suspect was capable of present murder inspector’s with particular suspect info which generated a composite of the suspect who dedicated the 2 assaults within the Fox Plaza.”

SFPD wrote, “Quickly after the preliminary suspect sketch was launched, an nameless telephone name was made by a feminine to SFPD. This nameless caller offered police with a reputation and a registration number plate of a suspect. This feminine referred to as twice inside 10 days. We want to establish this caller. After this caller contacted SFPD it’s believed that no less than two totally different folks additionally contacted SFPD offering the identical suspect title. We’d additionally need to converse with these people.”

The particular person named by the callers “was thought-about a robust suspect” and “continues to be the main focus of our investigation in 2023,” police wrote.

Detectives imagine there could also be extra surviving victims who could have essential info that might crack the case.

When you have any info relating to these homicides and assaults, you might be urged to contact Chilly Case Investigators Tom Newland at 415 553-1144, Dominic Celaya at 415 553-9856, Daniel Dedet at 415 553-1450, or Daniel Cunningham at 415 553-9515.


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