In the twelve-month period between December 1983 and late November 1984, four teenage girls were killed in Alameda County, California, on the San Francisco Bay. The crimes were grim enough, inciting fear in every parent at the time of their occurrence. Worse, the case remains unsolved today. Kelly Jean Poppleton was the first victim, murdered in December 1983, at age fourteen. On April 5, 1984, Tina Faelz, also fourteen, was stabbed to death while using a popular shortcut under a freeway, near the Alameda County fairgrounds. That same month, Julie Connell, 18, disappeared from a local park; her lifeless body was discovered six days later, casually discarded in a field. Lisa Monzo, 18, was last seen alive on November 27, walking through the rain near Nimitz Freeway. Reported missing on November 28, her strangled body was recovered four days later. At this writing, authorities report no suspects in the Alameda County murders. Raw statistics indicate that most successful homicide investigations are concluded within forty-eight hours of the crime. As years go by, it seems unlikely that the Alameda slayings will be solved -except, perhaps, by the confession of a prisoner arrested on some unrelated charge.