We were dumb and young. We didnt have a flashlight or mobile phones, we used the flash of an electronic camera to discover our way back to our sleeping bags when it got dark. Lindsay and Jason werent doing anything dangerous or uncommon, they were regular 20-somethings doing normal 20-something things.
That summer season, Lindsay and Jason had tasks as therapists at an outdoors summer Bible camp in the Sierra Nevada foothills in California. Its believed that the couple was not able to discover a room to spend the night in the traveler town of just over a hundred individuals, so they chose to sleep on the beach in a state park. Camping on that beach is technically prohibited, however its common in California for individuals to sleep on beaches and it is not thought about unsafe.
In 2004, 22-year-old Lindsay Cutshall and her fiancé, 26-year-old Jason S. Allen were living the dream. The adventurous couple were both from the midwest and met at Appalachian Bible College in West Virginia. They ended up being engaged 6 weeks after meeting and were going to get wed in the fall.
For two years there were no leads in the murders. The authorities decided to release more details in hopes the public might help recognize additional suspects. They launched poems and illustrations found near the murder site and a “guest book” discovered in a driftwood hut on the beach. They likewise exposed that they discovered “Camo” beer near the murder site, which was mostly distributed in Wisconsin. They likewise offered a $50,000 reward for information resulting in the killers arrest.
The list below year, in November 2005 I invested the night in a sleeping bag on a beach a couple of hours north of where Lindsay and Jason were murdered. I had never become aware of the murders. Like the couple, I d been taking a trip. A group of good friends were spending the night on a few camping areas in Brookings, OR. Three people decided to bring our sleeping bags to the beach, a short walking from the campgrounds. We wanted to sleep under the stars and awaken to the noise of ocean waves.
Lindsay and Jason were the exception to the rule.
On August 14, 2004, they were both murdered by.45-caliber Marlin long rifle (an unusual kind of gun) as they slept on the beach. None of their possessions were missing and neither Lindsay nor Jason were sexually attacked. They were just murdered in their sleeping bags and left. Their bodies werent discovered up until August 18 when a helicopter pilot spotted them and alerted police.
13 years after the murders on May 5, 2017, the Sonoma County Sheriff revealed that they had actually made a “significant advancement” in Lindsay and Jasons murders. An early individual of interest in the event who had actually never been dismissed as a suspect, was now being charged with the murders.
38-year-old Shaun Gallon, a Sonoma County homeowner, had just recently murdered his own brother with an AR-15. While police were questioning him for his bros murder, they again asked him about Lindsay Cutshall and Jason Allen.
Throughout journalism statement, police read a declaration from Bob and Delores Allen and Chris and Kathy Cutshall:
What disturbs me about Gallon, is that it still took 13 years to connect a well known severe animal abuser (Ill spare you the information) to the Jenner, CA murders. He was discovered wandering the beach a week after the murders using camouflage and with a stolen (and loaded!) gun in his pocket. At one time, one of 2 women Gallon had kids with threatened to turn him in and collect the $50,000 reward the Sonoma County Sheriff was providing. Plainly many individuals in his life thought that Gallon had done something very wrong. As discouraging as it is, it also discusses how killers can hide in plain sight for decades.
Of the Jenner, CA murders, Gallon confessed that he saw the couple sleeping while strolling on the beach. Lindsay Cutshall woke up and saw her fiancé dead next to her before Gallon murdered her, too.
Lindsay Cutshalls mom brought Lindsays unused wedding gown to the sentencing to reveal Gallon. The guy Gallon had actually tried to kill in 2004 also participated in the sentencing hearing. Gallon did not speak throughout the sentencing.
When the bodies were found, Gallon says he burned his shoes to eliminate the evidence. He then called his dad and asked him to eliminate his.45-caliber Marlin long rifle. His father obliged. Gallon states he was driven by “hearing voices” and alcoholism. Police working the case disagree, they state Gallon is a deadly narcissist who hunted victims like prey and felt no regret for his criminal offenses. Gallons pals and family, blame a bad journey he had on LSD in 2000.
” We are very happy that our childrens murderer is in custody where he belongs. We applaud the Lord for his capture and we trust in the due procedure of the law. We would like to thank the wholehearted concern of the individuals of Jenner and Sonoma County. We have actually appreciated your support for this case throughout our thirteen-year ordeal.”
What disturbs me about Gallon, is that it still took 13 years to connect a well understood extreme animal abuser (Ill spare you the details) to the Jenner, CA murders. On May 17, 2018 Shaun Gallon was formally charged with murdering Lindsay and Jason. He received 3 successive life terms without parole and 94 years in state prison for Lindsay and Jasons murders, the murder of his bro, and another unrelated attempted murder in 2004.
Of the Jenner, CA murders, Gallon confessed that he saw the couple sleeping while strolling on the beach. He eliminated Jason Allen. Lindsay Cutshall woke up and saw her fiancé dead next to her prior to Gallon killed her, too.
On May 17, 2018 Shaun Gallon was formally charged with murdering Lindsay and Jason. He pled guilty. He received three successive life terms without parole and 94 years in state prison for Lindsay and Jasons murders, the murder of his brother, and another unrelated attempted murder in 2004.