[i]On the morning of April 11th, 1981, fourteen-year-old Sheila Sharp walked into her home in the remote town of Keddie. Bound on the floor with wire and tape were her mother, Glenna "Sue" Sharp; her brother, sixteen-year-old John Sharp; and John's friend, seventeen-year-old Dana Wingate. The victims had been knifed and claw-hammered to death.
- Josh Hancock, KeddieMurdersFilm[/i]
But it didn’t end with the murders— 12 year old Tina Sharp was missing, presumably abducted from the scene.
Three young children were found alive in a bedroom adjacent to the crime scene. Greg and Rick Sharp, 5 and 10 years old, had apparently slept through it all. Justin, a 12-year-old family friend, was the sole eye witness.
29 years later, the Keddie murders officially remain unsolved.
Keddie holds many skeletons in its closets. There were, in 1981, so many potential perps in town you could have stood in the main street, thrown a dart with your eyes closed and hit one. The Sharp family were, in this idyllic little resort town, surrounded by child molesters, drug runners, professional criminals, corrupt cops and businessmen, habitual transients and at least one known serial killer.
But despite there being no lack of evidence and suspects, no arrest was made.
Three years after the murders, Tina Sharp's skull was found - in an isolated patch of forest, 95 miles away.
Decades passed. As far as the public eye was concerned, this crime may have simply faded off into statistic status were it not for teacher Josh Hancock setting his students the task of producing a documentary, an assignment for which he agreed to make one of his own.
One of his students suggested he look into the then 25-year old Keddie murders as a topic, and Josh soon became fascinated with the case, which wound up taking over all his spare time.
Hancock finished the documentary in 2004, the same year that the now-infamous cabin 28 was torn down to discourage ghost-hunters from trespassing on the site. But one documentary wasn’t enough – the murders remained unsolved, while the strange and often bewildering facts and rumours surrounding the case only became an increasingly tangled web.
More suspects were revealed as time went on, theories and rumours abounded, forum communities flourished and some were subject to strange internet attacks (as was Hancock himself), people volunteering information lied or could not recall details so many years after the fact. The case was still as clear as mud. And still no resolution for the Sharps or the Wingates.
But this didn’t deter Hancock from soldiering on with the case, and with the help of a new LE regime and the Sharp family, has recently released “Cabin 28: the Keddie Murders, Part 2.” I have not yet seen this film, but apparently it sheds a whole lot of new light on the case, and hopefully may lead to some sort of resolution.
If you’re interested in further reading, or want a first hand look at the kind of complexities surrounding the murders, the forum can be found here: http://keddiemurdersfilm.com/forum/index.php
The official film site, with documents, pictures, maps and film outtakes is here: http://keddiemurdersfilm.com/
Any and all opinions, profiles, new eyes cast over the case would be vastly appreciated.