Summary of Offense:
Serial killer Gerald Parker, dubbed the "Bedroom Basher" for a spree of sex slayings that terrorized Orange County in the 1970s, was sentenced to death on January 21, 1999 after an emotional hearing in which victims' families spoke of their years of anguish and loss. Using new DNA technology and a computer database, prosecutors developed the case against Parker 17 years after he raped and murdered five Orange County women and killed the unborn child of a sixth woman. The surviving victim's husband was later wrongly convicted of the crime.
Sandra Kay Fry, 17, Anaheim, December 2, 1978
Kimberly Rawlins, 21, Costa Mesa, April 1, 1979
Marolyn Carleton, 31, Costa Mesa, September 14, 1979
Chantel Marie Green, stillborn, Tustin, September 30, 1979
Debora Jean Kennedy, 24, Tustin, October 7, 1979
Debra Lynn Senior, 17, Costa Mesa, October 21, 1979