Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Randy Kraft: The freeway killer

Michael Sean O’Fallon, a 17-year-old Colorado native, hoped to “see the world” after high school. He hitchhiked to British Columbia in June 1980 and made it back to Oregon before his luck ran out. His naked corpse was found along I-5, 10 miles from Salem, on July 17, 1980. O’Fallon was hog-tied with shoelaces, a cord knotted around his scrotum. Despite near-fatal levels of alcohol and Valium in his blood, death had been caused by strangulation.

Randy Kraft, the Freeway Killer

Serial killer Randy Kraft, a prosperous data processing consultant by day, preyed on teenage boys by night, leaving them dead and mutilated. Convicted of 16 murders, the true count may be closer to 67. On November 29, 1989, he was sentenced to die in San Quentin’s gas chamber.

Disturbing First Hand Account of An Encounter with Serial Killer Randy Kraft

Randy Kraft was a serial killer active from 1972 to 1983. He is believed to have killed anywhere from 13-67 males, though he was convicted of 16 murders. Many of his victims were former U.S. Marines, like the author of this chilling account, Jay Roberts, who only recently realized that one of the nicest guys he ever met was Randy Kraft.

Today in Crime History: The Police’s First Encounter With Randy Kraft

On May 14, 1983, two police officers pulled over Randy Kraft for drunk driving. Once they looked in his car, they found an unconscious body with blood on the seat. Unfortunately, this was only the start of what would become the story of one of the most notorious freeway killers.

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