California’s Good Samaritan Ruse

 

 

Long before the introduction of cell phones, female drivers in California drove the streets after dark exposed to the dangers of the night, and more specifically, the men that targeted them offering them hope while they were at their most vulnerable. Here are 10 terrifying cases in which female motorists throughout California were targeted by men posing as ‘good Samaritans’ back in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Robin Ann Graham-
On November 15, 1970 Robin Ann Graham, an 18 year old college student, ran out of gas on a Los Angeles area freeway near the Santa Monica off ramp. At about 2:00 am, Robin phoned her parents from a call box along the highway, and they left home to go help her. While waiting for her parents to arrive, a man stopped to offer assistance, and was witnessed by a police officer. The man described as having dark hair and being in his mid 20’s, was driving a blue or green 1950’s Corvette with primer. The police officer witnessed Robin getting into the man’s car, apparently willingly. When Robin’s parents arrived a short time later, they found Robin’s car locked up and no sign of Robin. Robin was never seen again, and no sign of her or what happened to her ever turned up. The man seen offering her help has never been identified.

Cindy Lee Mellin-
On January 20, 1970 A 19 year old Ventura girl, Cindy Lee Mellin left her job shortly after 9:30 pm. After closing, some of her Broadway dept store co-workers saw her standing besides her car with a man. The car was up on a jack. Her co-workers were not alarmed since they assumed that Cindy had a flat tire, and that her father had come to help her. The man with Cindy was not her father. The next morning at about 7:00 am after awaking to find Cindy had never came home, Cindy’s father raced to her job and immediately found her car still jacked up. The tire that had been removed was still laying on the ground. There was no sign of Cindy. Cindy had vanished without a trace. Subsequent investigation revealed that the sidewall of Cindy’s tire had been deliberately punctured. Over the years, police would come up with a person of interest and theory of what happened to Cindy, but there was never enough to make an arrest. The case remains unsolved today.

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