On July 26, 1985, Idaho authorities launched a sweeping manhunt for the killers of Alberta Herndon and her nephew Delbert, beaten to death near their gold claim, 100 miles northwest of Boise. Three suspects were arrested, but one - initially identified as "Jerry Gilbertson" - escaped from custody after stealing a tourist's pickup truck. "Gilbertson" was later identified as Gerald Pizzuto, a native of Orland, California, sought in connection with two Seattle homicides. Rita Drury, age 51, had been shot to death while babysitting her grandchild on March 16, 1985, and 31-year-old John Jones was gunned to death in his bed, two weeks later. Robbery was suspected as a motive in both slayings, and warrants had been issued naming Pizzuto as the gunman. Regrettably, no information on the disposition of Pizzuto's case was available at press time. It appears that the nomadic slayer may be one of those who got away.