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Visalia Ransacker Event Postponed

In true cliffhanger fashion, a much-anticipated event is being postponed in the hope that the recent surge in the Covid pandemic will subside by the time the rescheduled date arrives.

“Obviously, I would have preferred to go forward with the date, but as I watched Covid unfold I decided it was best to postpone it,” said local historian & event organizer Terry Ommen about the Inside the Visalia Ransacker Investigation lecture, originally scheduled for this Wednesday evening at the College of the Sequoias. “I didn't want this event to infect others and create more problems for the local community. There was nothing timely about doing it now. A postponement a few months didn't have an effect on the topic.”

The event will feature retired Visalia Police Sergeant John Vaughan, the lone surviving Visalia investigator of what became known as the Golden State Killer, and promises to reveal never before released material from the lead investigator. It is sure to be interesting, revealing and jaw-dropping. An open microphone will be available to those in attendance who care to make a comment or ask a question. To read the story, click here:

The story quickly became the most popular read in the current issue of The Good Life, prompting Ommen to pull the trigger on postponing the event. “I wanted to give it enough time so we didn't have another recurring Covid thing”, he said. “I’ve been getting bombarded by people wanting to reserve seats. When your decision affects other people, you have to act to be more responsible.”

The event, rescheduled tentatively for April 6 at COS, will feature two parts. The first will feature Vaughn revealing the techniques investigators used to identify Joseph James DeAngelo, who was ultimately convicted of 13 murders, including one in Visalia, and 13 counts of kidnapping. He is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole at Corcoran State Prison. The second part will offer the audience an open microphone to make comments or ask Vaughn questions.

This free program is still scheduled to be held at the Ponderosa Lecture Hall on the COS campus and is free to attend. Stay tuned to for more information.


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