Summer of Terror
How it Helped
Paint on the blade of the Black Pry bar in the Williams’ vehicle was
similar to the door from the medical clinic.
Glass on the black wrecking barfrom the Williams’
vehicle was similar to the glass from a broken
window at B’Nai Israel.
Dog hairs and feathers on the mouth of the oil jugs and rags tied to
the oil jugs were similar to animals at the brothers residence.
This and more helped link the brothers to the crimes which ultimately lead to a guilty plea.
On the night of June 18, 1999, the brothers destroyed the library and damaged the sanctuary at the B’Nai Israel Synagogue in Sacramento, California. The burn attempt of B’Nai Israel Synagogue was incomplete. Within the next 45 minutes, fires were set at two other synagogues, Beth Shalom and Kennesset Israel. The fires caused over $1 million in damage.
On the evening of July 1, 1999, Gary Matson and Winfred Mauder were murdered by the brothers in bed while they where asleep. They died in the town of Happy Valley. Gary and Winfred were an openly gay couple. Their vehicle and some credit cards were also stolen during the commission of the homicide.
On the evening of July 2, 1999 a clinic (Country Club Medical Center) that
preformed abortions in Sacramento was burned by the brothers. Originally, arson
investigators thought that the owner of the building may have set the fire in order to
collect insurance money. Initially, this arson was not linked to the synagogue arsons until later in the investigation.