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
“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.”