Judith Ann Hakari / March 07, 1970 / Sacramento, CA

On the night of Saturday, March 07, 1970, 23 year old Judy Hakari was abducted from her car in the parking lot of her apartment complex upon arriving from working a late shift as a nurse at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento, CA. She was violently beaten, raped, tortured and murdered. Her body was found on Saturday, April 25, 1970 in a shallow grave in rural Weimar, CA, 40 miles East of Sacramento.
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DATE OF CRIME(S): Saturday, March 7, 1970
CRIME(S) AGAINST: Abduction, Rape, Murder
LOCATION(S) OF CRIMES: Sacramento, CA, Weimar, CA
AGE: 22
OCCUPATION: Registered Nurse, Sutter Memorial Hospital
NAMED SUSPECT(S): None.
AGENCY IN CHARGE: Sacramento County Sheriff(916) 874-5057
CASE NUMBER: #70-7194

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SOLVE CRIMES CLUES

Our main goal in presenting these cases is to actually solve them. In this particular case, there is no usable DNA, no fingerprints and no eyewitnesses. Nothing concrete. 50 years later, there's very little hard evidence to work with. Below are some items that we know to be missing from Judy's car and/or were not found with her body. These items could be THE clue that can solve this case.

The reason we're attempting to get as many people (particularly in the Sacramento/SF Bay Areas) as possible to see this case is that there could be a scenario where someone is going through Grandpa's things (or uncle, brother, etc.) after he passes and they come upon a California driver's license with the name Judith Ann Hakari and a picture of a pretty brunette on it in his things.

Considering the length of time since this crime, even finding out WHO did it – even if they have passed – would help law enforcement tremendously, possibly closing other cold cases and bringing closure to families and the community.

Please familiarize with these missing items as well as the case – scroll down and go through our extensive Crimeline for a solid overview.

Hakari Clues

If you see these items – or any other items or information – that you believe to be connected to this case – or if you have a source that better describes or disputes the information we have here – please fill out the Solve Crimes ClueTip form HERE.

Judy's License

California drive's license with the name Judith Ann Hakari and her photo.

Judy's Purse

A black leather or faux leather purse.

Judy's watch

In nursing, these were called a "duty watch". It was a silver women's Timex.

Judy's shoe

One "saddle shoe". Probably white in color.

Hakari THEORIES

We've compiled a group of theories that we've either read in the press clippings or have considered ourselves. Considering there are a grand total of ZERO publicly known suspects, some of these may seem outlandish, but should be considered until each of these theories are proven false or evidence has been found to prove one is correct. If you have a theory or any information that could help solve this case, please fill out the Solve Crimes ClueTip form HERE.

Bearded Man

The night of Judy's disappearance, a bearded young man went to the nurse's station where she worked at Sutter Memorial Hospital and asked if Judith was on duty. He then left without a word. It is possible that this man followed Judy to her apartment complex.

Three men

Roughly six weeks before Judy's body was discovered, the landowner there confronted three "well-dressed young men" right where Judy's body was later found. They had a shovel and were standing next to a sedan with the trunk open. When the property owner approached, they shut the trunk.

Could Judy have been taken, beaten, raped and strangled by more than one person?

Hidden in the backseat

The evidence left behind in Judy's car were mostly found in the backseat of her car. Could someone (bearded man?) have been hiding in Judy's backseat waiting to pounce once she parked her car?

The problem with this theory is that the perpetrator would have had to plan this attack and have a getaway vehicle already at Judy's apartment complex. This is doubtful - unless she was a specific target all along.

serial killer

Judy's case has been linked to multiple – and similar – killings in the Sacramento Area in 1970. Those killings have had some speculating that a serial killer (the Zodiac, for example) was responsible, forever linking Judy Hakari's name.

But is that actually what happened or was Judy's case an isolated murder? With the evidence that was discovered and the brutal nature of her murder, we don't think that this was the one and only time this person (or persons) has killed, but it's possible.

three men, 2nd theory

Is it possible that a lone killer brutalized and murdered Judy and had two accomplices help simply get rid of evidence?

While that would certainly be an unusual situation, it's not so far fetched as to not be a possibility.

random attacker

With evidence of planning (binding agents, etc.) at both the scene of the abduction and the burial site, it is unlikely the person responsible didn't plan on killing that night. But did they plan on specifically killing Judy Hakari?

We've learned from history that serial killers sometimes prepare to kill and then it's up to an opportunity to present itself.

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Solve Crimes News Clippings (Crimeline is below)

The Sacramento Bee
Police Probe Disappearance of Nurse, 23
9 March 1970

The Press Tribune
Sacramento nurse missing, police seek public aid
10 March 1970

The Sacramento Bee
Kin Of Missing Nurse, 23, Find Helpless Waiting Is Worst Ordeal
11 March 1970

The Sacramento Bee
Parents Of Missing Nurse Cling to Slim Hopes Daughter, 23, Is Alive And Well
13 March 1970

The Sacramento Bee
Missing Nurse's Mother Pleads To Her Abductor
14 March 1970

The Sacramento Bee
Parents of Missing Girl Offer Reward
30 March 1970

The Press Tribune
Reward for information

31 March 1970


The Sacramento Bee
Parents of Missing Girl Offer Reward
31 March 1970

Oakland Tribune
Missing Nurse Mystery
1 April 1970

Auburn Journal
Judith Ann Hakari
2 April 1970

The Placer Herald
Judith Ann Hakari
2 April 1970

The Sacramento Bee
Parents Hope And Pray
6 April 1970

The Sacramento Bee
Parents Hope And Pray
7 April 1970

The Sacramento Bee
Body Of Missing Sacramento Nurse Discovered Near Weimar
27 April 1970

The Sacramento Bee
Agonizing Ordeal Ends For Parents Of Nurse
27 April 1970

The Sacramento Bee
Fiance Had Premonition Hakari Girl Was Dead
27 April 1970

The Sacramento Bee
Lingering Doubt Plays Role In Finding Of Body
27 April 1970

The Press Tribune
Missing nurse's body found in Weimar grave
27 April 1970

Santa Cruz Sentinel
Body Of Missing Sacramento Nurse Found In Crude Grave
27 April 1970

The Californian
Body of Missing Nurse Uncovered
27 April 1970

The Napa Valley Register
Body Of Missing Nurse Is Found
27 April 1970

The San Francisco Examiner
Body of Nurse Found Buried
27 April 1970

The Fresno Bee
Body Of Missing Nurse Is Found In Placer Grave
28 April 1970

The Los Angeles Times
Body of Nurse Found in Grave
28 April 1970

The Sacramento Bee
Fiance Had Premonition Hakari Girl Was Dead
28 April 1970

The Sacramento Bee
Judith Ann Hakari Obituary
28 April 1970

The Sacramento Bee
Detectives Seek Clues In Capital Nurse's Death
28 April 1970

Reno Gazette Journal
Nurse's body found buried near Weimar
29 April 1970

The Sacramento Bee
Nurse Murder Is Reality Of Violence
29 April 1970

Auburn Journal
A Grisly Sex Beating And Murder: Body Of Missing Nurse Is Found Near Weimar
30 April 1970

The Sacramento Bee
Sex Angle Is Revealed In Nurse's Death
1 May 1970

The Times
Nurse Attack Is Revealed
2 May 1970

The Sacramento Bee
Officers Hunt 3 Young Men In Judith Hakari Slaying
6 May 1970

Auburn Journal

Sex Murder Probed By 2 Counties

7 May 1970


The Argus

Sex slaying suspects sought

7 May 1970


The Capital Journal

California Slaying; 3 Sought in Nurse's Death

7 May 1970


The Fresno Bee

Three Suspects Are Sought In Nurse Slaying

7 May 1970


The Press Tribune

Police seek 3 suspects in nurse's slaying

7 May 1970


The Sacramento Bee

Officers Hunt 3 In Hakari Slaying

7 May 1970


The Times

Suspect Trio Killed Nurse

7 May 1970


The Sacramento Bee

Officers Say Capital Nurse May Have Endured Days Of Terror Before Death

12 May 1970


The Sacramento Bee

For Slain Capital Nurse Terror May Have Preceded Death

12 May 1970


Auburn Journal

Investigators Hunt For Nurse Slayer

14 May 1970


The Sacramento Bee

SSC Sets Up Hakari Fund

20 May 1970


The Sacramento Bee

"WE CAN'T STAND to have the car around here any more..."

21 June 1970


The Sacramento Bee

THE SALE OF Judith Ann Hakari's car

2 July 1970


The Sacramento Bee

Letters From The People; Grateful Parents

3 September 1970


The Sacramento Bee

Year Ends, But Hunt For Killers Of 3 Capital Women Goes On

1 January 1971


The Sacramento Bee

In memory of Judith Ann Hakari

7 March 1971


The Sacramento Bee

Zodiac Slayer In Capital? Mystery Killer May Have Struck Twice In Area

26 March 1971


The Sacramento Bee

Judy's Killer Still Walks Streets

16 May 1971


The Sacramento Bee

In memory of Judith Ann Hakari

7 March 1972


The Sacramento Bee

In loving memory of Judith Ann Hakari

7 March 1976

The Sacramento Bee

In loving memory of Judith Ann Hakari

7 March 1977

The Sacramento Bee

In loving memory of Judith Ann Hakari

7 March 1980


The Sacramento Bee

In loving memory of Judith Ann Hakari

7 March 1982


The Sacramento Bee

In loving memory of Judith Ann Hakari

7 March 1983


The Sacramento Bee

New keys may unlock years-old killings

25 March 1990