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4A Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Indian Valley Record Thirty years on: Are the Keddie murders solved? ! John Sharp Joshua Sebold Staff Writer sebold@plumasnews.com The 30-year anniversary of the infamous Keddi murders is a significant moment in Phamas County history by any measure, but the mile- stone seems more interesting given the release of a contro- versial documentary in late 2010 that markets itself as in- cluding a detailed confession to the murders. That claim itself is in many. wayssymbolic of the entire documentary in that it tends to lead to more questions than answers. April 11 marked the 30th anniversary of the 1981 crime which left Glenna "Sue" Sharp, 36; John Sharp, 15; and Dana Wingate, 17, dead; and 12-year-old Tina Sharp miss- ing. Her partial remains were discovered near Feather Falls three years later. The most compelling pieces of the narrative in "Cabin 28: The Keddie Murders Part II" focus on a man identified only as a Vietnam veteran named Marty, who lived very near the cabin where the murders occurred, and is clearly the primary suspect in the film- makers' view. If Marty was the murderer, then those interested in "jus- tice" will be disappointed to learn that he is dead. Marty's stepson, identified only as Justin, has long been believed by many to be the on- ly person left alive who wit- nesed the murders. Justin was one of three" boys -- including brothers Greg Sharp, 5, and Rick Sharp, 10 -- who were mirac- ulously left unharmed literal- ly one room away from the most horrific murder in coun- ty history. , One of the last scenes in the movie depicts Ed Case, a col- lege professor helping Justin write a book, explaining that te potential witness recently channeled his stepfather un- der hypnosis and admitted that Marty and his friend Bo, who was described by several commentators as having re- cently exited a veterans' men- tal hospital, were the culprits. This claim is complicated by the fact that the documen- tary reveals Justin has chaned his account of the events he witnessed that night several times throughout his A,a= Serving Greenville & Indian Valley Postal Service; usPs (No. 775-460.) Periodicals postage paid at Greenville, CA. Published" Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing, Co., Inc. Mailing address: P.O. Box 469, Greenville, CA 95947. 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In many ways this contradic- tion sums up the entire film and the climactic report bf a confession that follows later. and is similarly complicated. The film includes numer- ous interviews and police re- ports connecting the man named Marty to the crime. His stepdaughter appears onscreen describing him as a violent and unstable person who threatened or attempted to kill her mother multiple times. "I think he did it," she ex- plained before responding "thank God" to the informa- tion that her stepfather was now deceased. Police reports in the film in- dicate that Marty's wife con- tacted the police after the murders, explaining she felt her husband and Bo were both involved and that Bo liked young girls. The last accusation alludes to the fact that one of the vic- tims, Tina Sharp, was appar- ently abducted while several deceased victims were left at the scene with no attempts made to hide them. (A forensic anthropologist says in the film that Tina was killed not long after she was abducted and was not held captive for years.) Later in the film, several police reports made by local citizens claim that Tina was pregnant. Another woman, Nina Meeks, appears on the film ex- plaining she was a friend of the victims and of Marty. She said Marty was staying at her house the night after the murder and kept saying he had to get back to Keddie to "finish something," before leaving at 4 a.m. when every- one had gone to bed. Dee Lake appears next, ex- plaining he was a Vietnam vet and counselor for many of his peers in the county, as well as a friend of Marty's. With tears in his eyes, Lake explained Marry told him at one point the police had 30 pieces of evidence they said connected him to the c'rime scene and asked him what he should do. Lake said he didn't ask if Marty had done it and told him he should get on a bus out of town because his life would never be the same ei- ther  way. H added that in his heart he felt Marry didn't do it but while taking law classes in college he leartled "murder is the one thing anybody is capa- ble of, doesn't matter who." "There's no criteria for it. If you look back at prior histo- ries of people who committed the crime there is no common thread. None whatsoever. Didn't have to do with what status economically you are, ethnically like, nothing." "Somebody got stupid, did something stupid," he con- eluded. A police report soon after the crimes occurred showed Lake was interviewed by po- lice at the time and told them he didn't think Marry was in- volved but he suspected Bo. The documentary also fea- tured audio recordings of De- partment of Justice inter- views with Marty and Bo, both of which are extremely strange, to put it mildly. Both men 'focused on very inane details of their nights, which seemed odd given the largest event to occur in the last few days before the inter- views was a horrific murder. Bo told the investigators he had only been in Keddie for a month and didn't know his way around. He went on to claim that he couldn't even point out the cabin where the murders hap- pened, which seems absurd given the size of the commu- nity and the amount of com- motion and attention the gen- eral hysteria and police pres- ence must have generated around cabin 28. Marry told the detectives if he was going to kill someone he would do it more efficient- ly arid cleanly than the mur- derers bad. In fact he seemed more con- cerned about the effect of the crime on him than the fact that his neighbors had just been mutilated. "I'm under semi-treatment for stress, anxiety myself. I certainly don't need this, you know," he told the cops in a manner that would almost be comical if it weren't so dis- turbing. The film also mentions that Marty's aunt told the police she received a strange call from him, telling her his neighbors were killed and ex- plaining the murders in graphic detail, which made her concerned that he had lost his mind and done something to his own family. Themovie hits its peak when the filmmakers explain their discovery of a police re- port from relatively so6n after the murders, indicating a lo- cal therapist reported that a colleague in Reno told him a man named Martin confessed to committing the Keddie murders. The filmmakers tracked down the therapist who re- portedly told his friend this story and they interviewed him. In the interview, filmed in a darkened room, a man identi- fied by the film crew as the same man mentioned in the police report explains he had a client at a VA hospital in Reno who sat with him through several sessions and eventually told him he killed the two female victims in the incident but not the two boys. The therapist said Martin told him he killed the mother because she was friends with his wife and had convinced his wife to leave him. He said Martin-claimed he killed the girl because she was a witness. The therapist told the film- makers he reported this to the Department of Justice. This begs the obvious ques- tion: Why the police didn't re- spond to this seemingly im- portant information? Referencing the police re- port about the therapist, the film explained that "there was no indication" the local police ever followed up on the report by the therapist's friend. Even in that case, though, it see Keddie, page 5A , Easter Series at Lake Almanor Community Church Sundays 8:30 & 10:30 am Sunday, April 17th Easter Sunday- April 24th Thurs., April 21st 7pm Sunday, May 1st The Door of The Open Door: The Door of the The Door of'Reality Relationships Resurrection Upper Room Lake Almanor Community Church 2610 Hwy A-13, Lake Almanor