Summer of Terror
By Christina and Kendra
On July 18, 1999. A synagogue in Sacramento was burned destroying the library. 45 minutes later fires were set to two other synagogues. They used oil to start the fires. Because the buildings were completely destroyed there was evidence left behind. This includes, three black one gallon Mobil oil jugs with “Delvac 1300 Super” labels in two different colors . A torn piece of fabric was tied around the handle of the jugs. Tufts of trace debris could be seen adhering to the oily mouth of these jugs. From this they got trace evidence which was, paint chips with a light blue top coat over a red layer, red plastic chip, white cotton strips of fabric, white and brown dog hairs, numerous feathers primarily white and brown in color , numerous miscellaneous fibers of various types and colors.
This evidence was important to finding the Williams brothers because all of the trace evidence from the three crimes linked them together. Each piece helped in a different way. Glass on the black wrecking bar recovered from the Williams’ vehicle was similar in refractive index to the glass from a broken window at B’Nai Israel. Paint on the broken glass of the window at B’Nai Israel was similar to the wrenching bar paint from the Williams’ vehicle. Oil jugs similar to the Mobil oil jug from Williams’ Palo Cedro Residence. Dog hairs and feathers on the mouth of the oil jugs and rags tied to the oil jugs were similar to animals at the Palo Cedro residence. Blue over red paint chips on the mouth of the oil jugs were similar to the paint from the shed at the Palo Cedro residence.Newspaper in the bottom of a crate left at the synagogue arson was from the Redding area.A palm print on one Anti-Jewish flyer left at the synagogues was identified as from (Benjamin) Matson.
Murdered Gay Couple
On July 1, 1999 Gary and Winfred were murdered in their beds while sleeping. They died in a small community by redding, California. Their vehicle and some credit cards were stolen. A break in the case was found when their stolen credit card was used to order ammunition and to be shipped to Yuba City, California. The police arrested them while picking up the the ammunition and arrested them then searched their car and found weapons one being the weapon used to kill Gary and Winfred. They were then arrested for murder.
This crime didn't have much trace evidence left behind but the stole credit cards acted as a big connection. This evidence led to the arrest of the Williams brothers and the discovery of more evidence in their car. The evidence found in their car led to a connection with the burning of the synagogues because of the black pry bar and black wrecking bar, purchased before the burning of the synagogues.
Burned Abortion Clinic
This additional evidence from the crime led to a search warrant of the the Williams house, their parents house and their vehicle.
- Paint on the blade of the Black Pry bar in the Williams’ vehicle similar to the door from the medical clinic
- Paint on the broken glass of the door of the medical clinic similar to the pry bar paint
- Glass on the pry bar similar in refractive index and semi quantitative elemental analysis to the glass from the window in the door of the medical clinic
- Glass on the floor of Matson vehicle similar in refractive index and semi quantitative elemental analysis to the glass from the medical clinic
- Glass on the jumpsuit recovered from the Palo Cedro residence similar in refractive index and semi qualitative elemental analysis to glass from the medical clinic