Dangerous Parkway

The recent stories about the danger for visitors to the North Sacramento area of the Parkway poses a question: How long has it been that dangerous?

At least since 1981, according to this entry on the Sacramento Bee’s data base of death row inmates from Sacramento.


“Larry Junior Webster, 62

“Sacramento County

“Date of offense: Aug. 30, 1981

“Date of death sentence: June 9, 1983

“Webster, a transient who lived along the American River and led a band of four men who committed a series of robberies, was convicted in the stabbing death of Charles W. Burke, 36. Webster met Burke at a gas station and lured him to his camp at Discovery Park, where he stabbed him 25 times, then buried him and fled in Burke’s 1967 Chrysler.

“Webster, a decorated Vietnam War veteran who had won the Bronze Star, later appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, claiming he suffered from post traumatic stress because of his experience in the war. The court rejected the claim.”

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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