Serial Killer Randy Kraft's Scorecard

A Serial Killer's Cryptic Scorecard of Victims Helps Prosecutors Prove His Guilt

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Randy Kraft's Scorecard (Victim's List).

Many serial killers share similar characteristics. One that stands out is their desire to keep an item from their victims and hold on to it like a trophy. It might be a piece of hair, the victim's driver's license, pictures, intimate apparel, or anything that would help the killer recall the experience.

One of the most notorious killers to ever strike in California was computer programmer Randy Kraft,  who was responsible for killing 16 young men, and suspected of killing up to 50+ more.

Kraft was also a trophy collector. At the time of his arrest investigators found over 70 pictures of young men, most who looked unconscious or dead, tucked under the floor mat of his car, under the bare feet of his final victim. More were found inside his home during a police search.

A Cryptic Coded List

They also found a list inside a briefcase in his car trunk that was separated into two columns and had cryptic words listed under each column - 30 in the left column and 31 in the right column. Investigators referred to it as Kraft's Scorecard (see enlarged image of the actual scorecard) because they believed it contained references and clues to the identities of his victims.

Some of the entries on the list were easy to connect to unsolved murders, including those that matched up with young men found in Kraft's pictures. Other connections were ambiguous and failed to provide enough evidence that would prove the connection in a court of law, although investigators believed the connections to be legitimate.

Other entries could never be matched up to any unsolved murders to the frustration of the investigators who had worked years to solve the puzzles.

Wishful Thinking or Real Evidence?

Below is the Scorecard with the cryptic items listed in the order that Kraft had them listed. The more obvious connections include "EDM," which matched the initials of Edward Daniel Moore.



Other notations matched the location of where the victims' bodies were dumped, for example, "Wilmington" connected Kraft to the 1973 murder of John Doe-16 whose body was found in Wilmington.

What was most disturbing to investigators were the entries like "2 IN 1 MV TO PL" that appeared to represent that there was more than one victim, yet they were unable to connect it to any unsolved murders.

What the list did provide were clues to the identity some of Kraft's victims that could then be matched (or not matched) through forensic testing of evidence found on and around the victims and in Kraft's home. This allowed investigators to charge Kraft with 16 murders, which he was later found guilty of committing.

The Scorecard - Warning: Very Graphic

Below is the list of the words on the scorecard, in the order that Kraft listed the words. The first column contains the number as it was listed by Kraft, the second column is the cryptic entry, the third column are the victims that the police were able to connect to Kraft based on the clue from the cryptic word. The fourth column are comments about why the connection was made, or information about the victim or about Kraft in reference to the victim.

 Cryptic Word(s)VictimComments
1STABLEOct. 5, 1971
Wayne Joseph Dukette, 30, of Long Beach

Body found nude in south Orange County on the bottom of a ravine off the Ortega Highway. He was killed on Sept. 20.

Cause of Death: Acute alcohol poisoning.
Dukette worked part-time as a bartender at the Stables Bar in Sunset Beach. His car was found in the bar's parking lot.

Kraft worked at a bar located next to the Stables and often frequented Stables after work.
2ANGEL No connection was made to an unsolved case.
3EDMDec. 26, 1972
Edward Daniel Moore, 20, Marine based at Camp Pendleton


Body found on the off ramp of 405 and 605 freeways in Seal Beach. Moore died three days before being found.

Cause of Death: Strangulation.

- A sock was found inside his rectum.
- Beaten on the face with possibly a pipe.
- Dumped from a moving vehicle.
- Bound at the wrists and ankles.
- Deep fingernail scratches on testicles.
- Bite marks on penis.
- Victim was redressed.
An instruction book for the harmonica that belonged to Moore was found in Kraft's home during a police search.

Moore was one of the 16 victims that Kraft was found guilty of murdering.
4HARI KARI No connection was made to an unsolved case.
5AIRPLANE HILLFeb. 6, 1973
John Doe, Huntington Beach. Around 18 years old.


Body found nude laying in an area known as Airplane Hill in Huntington Beach.

Cause of Death: Either suffocation or loss of blood.

- Ligature marks around his wrist.
- Sodomized and emasculated.
- Victim was redressed.
During the time of the murder, Kraft lived in an area known to residents as Airplane Hill.

The victim was one of the 16 victims that Kraft was found guilty of murdering.
6MARINE DOWN No connection was made to an unsolved case.
7VAN DRIVEWAY No connection was made to an unsolved case.
82 IN 1 MV TO PL No connection was made to an unsolved case.
9TWIGGIENov. 27, 1974
James Dale Reeves, 19, of Cypress


Partially nude body found in Irvine off the San Diego Freeway.

Cause of Death: Undetermined

-Three-inch round branch projecting from his rectum.
- Body was posed in a Y position.

Reeves had been at Ripples bar earlier in the day. It is also where his car was found abandoned later that day.
10VINCE MDec. 29, 1973
Vincent Cruz Mestas, 23,
Long Beach State University Student


Body found at the bottom of a ravine in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Cause of Death: Strangulation.

- His face and head had been shaved.
- A sock was found inside his rectum.
- A stick or pencil had been forced into his urethra.
- His genitals were mutilated.
- His hands were cut off.
- He had been redressed, except for his shoes and one sock.

Kraft lived a few blocks from the victim.
11WILMINGTONFeb. 6, 1973
John Doe 16, around 18 years old.


Nude male body found off of the Terminal Island Freeway in Wilmington.

Cause of Death: Possible Strangulation

- Ligature marks around his neck.
- A sock was found inside his rectum.
Victim was recognized by some as a prostitute who worked around the Belmont Shore bluffs, which was one of Kraft's cruising areas,
12LB MARINA No connection was made to an unsolved case.
13PIER 2Aug. 3, 1974
Thomas Paxton Lee, 25, of Long Beach


Body found down an embankment under the Long Beach Harbor.

Cause of Death: Strangulation.
Lee would often cruise Granada Beach and Belmont Shores Bluff which was also areas that Kraft would go looking for one-night stands.
14DIABETIC No connection was made to an unsolved case.
15SKATESJan. 4, 1975
John William Leras, 17, of Long Beach


Body found in the water at Sunset Beach.

Cause of Death: Strangulation

- A wooden surveyor's stake found inside his rectum.
The day before Leras' body was found, he was seen getting off of a bus near Ripples Bar, carrying his skates. Kraft frequented Ripples Bar during that time.

Two different sets of footprints were found in the sand, indicating that he was carried from a car and dumped into the water.
16PORTLAND No connection was made to an unsolved case.
17NAVY WHITE No connection was made to an unsolved case.
18USER No connection was made to an unsolved case.
19PARKING LOTMay 8, 1975
Keith Daven Crotwell, 19, of Long Beach

Crotwell's severed head was found in Long Beach near the 72nd Street jetty.

October 18, 1975: The rest of his body, except for his hands, was found near El Toro.

Cause of Death: Accidental drowning

Last seen in Long Beach with Kraft on March 30, 1975.
Crotwell was unconscious
in the front seat of Kraft's Mustang. His friend, Kent May was unconscious in the back seat. The witness saw Kraft pull into the parking lot next to the Belmont Plaza Pool, push May out of the car and drive off with Crotwell.

May told police that Kraft supplied drugs and alcohol to him and Crotwell and that he passed out soon afterward,
20DEODORANTJuly 29, 1982
Robert Avila, 16, of Los Angeles


Body was found off the Hollywood Freeway in Echo Park.

Cause of Death: Strangulation.
Avila was known for his heavy use of deodorant.
21DOGJuly 29, 1982
Raymond Davis, 13, of Pittsburg, California


Body found next to another victim in Echo Park.

Cause of Death: Strangulation.
Davis was visiting relatives in Los Angeles. On the day that he went missing he was going to the park to look for his lost dog.
22TEEN TRUCKERJune 2, 1974
Malcolm Eugene Little, 20, of Selma, Alabama


Body found along Highway 86, west of the Salton Sea.

Cause of Death: Strangulation.
- Body posed.
- Emasculated.
- Tree branch was jammed inside his rectum.
Little's brother was a truck driver who had dropped him off on May 27, 1974, at the Garden Grove Freeway and San Diego Freeway interchange. He was planning to hitchhike back to Alabama.
23IOWA No connection to an unsolved murder was made.
247TH STREETJuly 28, 1973
Ronnie Gene Wiebe, age 20


Body found on the 7th Street on-ramp to the San Diego Freeway. His car was found with a flat tire parked at the Sportsman Bar in Los Alamitos.

Cause of Death: Ligature Strangulation.

- A sock was found inside his rectum.
- Suffered a fractured skull from repeatedly being hit on the head with a heavy object.
- Hung upside down when tortured.
- Bite marks on stomach and penis.
- Redressed except for his shoes.
- Thrown from a moving vehicle.
The connection was based on the code and the location of his body.
25LAKES MCSept. 14, 1979
Gregory Wallace Jolley, 20, of Jacksonville, Florida


Body was found in the Lake Arrowhead area.

Cause of Death: Unknown

- Emasculated and mutilated.
- Head and legs were removed.
Kraft often hunted for Marines. Jolley wore military clothing and told people he was in the Marines.

A sketch pad belonging to Jolley was found in Kraft's home during a police search.
26MC LAGUNAJune 22, 1974
Roger E. Dickerson, 18, Marine at Camp Pendleton

Body found at Laguna Beach.

Cause of Death: Strangulation

Autopsy Results
- Sodomized and mutilated.
- Genitals and left nipple had been bitten and chewed.
- Alcohol and diazepam was found in his system,

He was last seen on June 20 near a bar in San Clemente. He had planned to hitchhike to Los Angeles.
27GOLDEN SAILSJan. 17, 1995
Craig Victor Jonaites, 24. Address unknown.

Body found in a lot next to the Golden Sails Hotel and Bar on the Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach.

Cause of Death: Strangulation

Autopsy Results
- The body was fully clothed except for his socks and shoes.

The connection was based on the code and the location of his body.
28EUCLIDApril 16, 1978
Scott Michael Hughes, 18, Marine from Camp Pendleton

Body found off the Euclid Street on-ramp, eastbound to the Riverside Freeway in Anaheim.

Cause of Death: Strangulation.

- Emasculated
- Diazepam found in system.
- The body had been redressed except for his shoe laces which had been removed from his shoes.

Rug fibers found at Kraft's home matched rug fibers found on Hughes' body.

He was one of the 16 victims that Kraft was found guilty of murdering.
29HAWTH OFF HEADApril 22, 1973
John Doe 52


The torso of the unidentified man was found at Alameda Street and Henry Ford.

- Right leg found on Terminal Island Freeway in Wilmington.
- Arms, torso and right leg found along a road in Sand Pedro.
- Head found near Redondo Avenue in Long Beach.
- Left leg found behind the bar, Buoys Shed, in Sunset Beach.
- Hands were never located.

Cause of Death: Strangulation

- Emasculated and mutilated.
- Signs of being bound.
- Eyelids removed.

 

3076Aug. 29, 1979
Victim Unknown (John Doe No. 299)


Body found in a dumpster located at Union 76 station and Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach.

Cause of Death: Unknown

Autopsy Results
- A sock was found inside his rectum.
- Head, arms, and legs had been cut off. Only the head, left leg, and torso were found.
 
312 IN 1 HITCH No connection was made to an unsolved case.
32BIG SURAug. 12, 1974
Gary Wayne Cordova, 23, of Pasadena


Body found down an embankment in southern Orange County.

Cause of Death: Acute Intoxication (alcohol and diazepam)

Body was dressed except for shoes and socks.
Friends say he was hitchhiking to Oceanside. He often talked about Big Sur.
33MARINE HEAD BPFeb. 18, 1980
Mark Alan Marsh, 20,
Marine from the El Toro base

Body found in Los Angeles County off Templin Highway and Interstate 5

Cause of Death: Unknown

- A large object was found stuffed inside his rectum. His head and hands were cut off.

Marsh often hitchhiked. He told friends he was going to Buena Park.
34EXPLETIVE DELETEDPaul Joseph Fuchs, 19, of Long Beach

Last seen at Ripples Bar in Long Beach on Dec. 12, 1976,

Kraft frequented Ripples Bar during that time.
35FRONT OF RIPPLES No connection was made to an unsolved case.
36MARINE CARSONJune 19, 1978
Richard Allen Keith, 20,
Marine from Camp Pendleton

Body found along Moulton Parkway between El Toro and La Paz roads.

Cause of Death: Strangulation.

He was seen on June 18 hitchhiking from Carson.

Keith was one of the 16 victims that Kraft was found guilty of murdering.
37NEW YEAR'S EVEJan. 3, 1976
 Mark Howard Hall, 22, of Santa Ana


Body found in Bedford Peak at the east end of Santiago Canyon.

Cause of Death: Acute Alcoholism and Suffocation. Dirt had been packed into his trachea.

- Emasculated and mutilated.
- Several parts of his body, including his eyelids, eyeballs and his genitals had been burned with an automobile cigarette lighter.
- A plastic object had been jammed into his urethra, penetrating the bladder.
- Penis was removed and stuffed into the anus.
- Knife scrapes on the victim's legs.
He was last seen on Jan. 1 leaving a New Year's Eve party in San Juan Capistrano.

Hall was one of the 16 victims that Kraft was found guilty of murdering.
38WESTMINSTER DATENov. 24, 1979
Jeffrey Bryan Sayre, 15, of Santa Ana

Was last seen leaving Westminster after his date with his girlfriend. He had intended on taking the bus home, but the buses had stopped running for the night.

The connection was made based on the reference to the location he was last seen and the code.
39JAIL OUTRoland Gerald Young, 23, address unknown

Body found on Irvine Center Drive near the San Diego Freeway.

Cause of Death: Stabbed in the heart.

- Emasculated
- He had been redressed.

Young had been released just hours before his body was found from Orange County Jail on a misdemeanor violation.

Young was one of the 16 victims that Kraft was found guilty of murdering.
40MARINE DRUNK OVERNIGHT SHORTSJune 19, 1979
Donnie Harold Crisel, 20, Marine from the Tustin base


Body found on the on-ramp of the Irvine Center Drive to the San Diego Freeway.

Cause of Death: Poisoned with alcohol and drugs

- Burned on his left nipple with an automobile cigarette lighter.
- Ligature marks on neck and wrists.

Crisel only had shorts on when his body was found.

He was one of the 16 victims that Kraft was found guilty of murdering.
41CARPENTER No connection was made to an unsolved case.
42TORRANCESept. 30, 1978
Richard A. Crosby, 20

Body found on Highway 83 in San Bernardino County.

Cause of Death: Suffocation

- His left nipple was mutilated with an automobile cigarette lighter.

On the night he was murdered he had gone to a movie in Torrance. Crosby always hitchhiked.

The connection was made based on the reference to the location he was last seen and the code.
43MC DUMP HB SHORT No connection was made to an unsolved case.
442 IN 1 BEACHFeb. 12, 1983
Geoffrey Allan Nelson, 18, of Buena Park

Nelson's nude body was found on the Euclid on-ramp to the Garden Grove Freeway.

Cause of Death: Strangulation.

- Emasculated
- He was thrown from a moving vehicle

Rodger James DeVaul Jr. 20, of Buena Park

DeVaul's body was found in a ravine in the Angeles National Forest.

Cause of Death: Compression to the neck.

- Sodomized
- Body redressed.

Photo of Devaul was found at Kraft's apartment during a police search. He appeared dead in the photo.

 

They were two of the 16 victims that Kraft was found guilty of murdering.

45HOLLYWOOD BUSAug. 20, 1981 -Christopher R. Williams, age 17

Body found in San Bernardino Mountains in San Bernardino County.

Cause of Death: Pneumonia due to aspiration.

Autopsy Results
- Paper was found stuffed in his rectum.
- He was dressed except for his shoes, socks, and underwear.
Williams was a known prostitute who often hustled customers at the bus stops in Hollywood.
46MC HB TATTOOSept. 3, 1980
Robert Wyatt Loggins, 19, a Marine from the Tustin base

Body found nude inside of a trash bag in an El Tor housing project.

Cause of Death: Acute intoxication

- Signs that a sock had been stuffed into his rectum.

Loggins had a large tattoo on his arm. He was last seen near the Huntington Beach Pier.

A picture of Loggins was found under the floor mat of Kraft's car. In it, he appeared nude, posed, and dead.

He was one of the 16 victims that Kraft was found guilty of murdering.
47OXNARD No connection was made to an unsolved case.
48PORTLAND ECKName unknown. Oregon

July 18, 1980: Body found off Interstate 5 in Woodburn, Oregon

Cause of Death: Strangulation

 
49PORTLAND DENVERJuly 17, 1980
Michael Shawn O'Fallon, 17, Colorado

Cause of Death: Strangulation

- Sodomized
- Alcohol and diazepam found in blood stream.

He was hitchhiking from Denver to in the northwest.

O'Fallon's camera was found in Kraft's apartment during a police search.
50PORTLAND BLOODApril 10, 1981
Michael Duane Cluck, 18

Body found near Interstate 5 in Goshen, Oregon

Cause of Death: Bludgeoned to death

- Sodomized
- Bludgeoned 31 times in the back of the head.

Prosecutors made the connection because this was the bloodiest of all of the 45 crime scenes.

A shaving kit with the name Mike Cluck printed on it was found in Kraft's bathroom during a police search.
51PORTLAND HAWAIIDec. 9, 1982 -Lance Trenton Taggs, 19, Oregon

Body found near Wilsonville, Oregon

Cause of Death: Unknown

- A sock was stuffed inside his rectum.
- The body had been redressed.

Taggs had a bag with "Hawaii" printed on it which was found at Kraft's house during the investigation. Taggs was also wearing a shirt with "Hawaii" printed on it.
52PORTLAND RESERVEDec. 18, 1982
Anthony Jose Silveira, 29

Body found nude near Medford

Cause of Death: Strangulation

- Sodomized. Also found with a toothbrush stuffed into a body cavity.

Silveira had recently completed National Guard duty. He was last seen on Dec. 3, hitchhiking to a Guard drill in Medford.
53PORTLAND HEADNov. 28, 1982
Brian Harold Witcher, 26

Body found near Interstate 5 near Wilsonville, Oregon

Cause of Death: Unknown

Witcher was thrown from a moving vehicle.
His body was fully clothed except for socks and shoes.

Witcher was last seen in Portland, Oregon before he was murdered.

No connection to the "HEAD" in the code has been made.
54GR 2Dec. 9, 1982 (Cousins)
- Dennis Patrick Alt, 20, of Comstock Park, Michigan
- Christopher Schoenborn, 20, of Conklin, Michigan


Their bodies found in a field several miles from their hotel in Grand Rapids. They were attending a convention.

Alt died from asphyxia by choking. His body was clothed except his genitals were exposed. His boots were also missing.

Schoenborn died from strangulation. His body was nude and had a pen stuffed into a body cavity.

Evidence linking Kraft to the murders includes witnesses who saw Kraft and the two victims talking together in the hotel bar the night before they were murdered.

Alt's car keys were found in Kraft's hotel room after he checked out on Dec. 8.

A bottle opener that belonged to one of the victims and Schoenborn's jacket were found in Kraft's home in Long Beach.
55MC PLANTS

 

No connection was made to an unsolved case.
56SD DOPEJan. 19, 1984
Mikeal Laine, 24, of Modesto

Skeletal remains found in the mountains near Ramona in San Diego County.

He had a history of using illegal drugs.

 
57HIKE OUT LB BOOTSJuly 8, 1978
Keith Arthur Klingbiel, 23, of Everett, Washington

Body found on the road of Interstate 4 near the La Paz exit near Mission Viejo.

Cause of Death: Drug poisoning and strangulation

- His left nipple was burned with an automobile cigarette lighter.
- He was thrown from a moving vehicle
- A bootlace was missing from his left hiking boot.
- A Long Beach matchbook was found in his pocket.

Klingbiel was one of the 16 victims that Kraft was found guilty of murdering.
58ENGLAND No connection was made to an unsolved case.
59OIL No connection was made to an unsolved case.
60DART 405Nov. 18, 1978
Michael Joseph Inderbeiten, 20, of Long Beach

Body dumped during rush hours at the Seventh Street off-ramp, intersection of the San Diego Freeway and 605 freeways.

Cause of Death: Suffocation
- Sodomized
- Scrotum and testicles had been removed.
- Penis appeared skinned.
- Victim was alive during emasculation.
- Victim impaled with a large object in rectum.
- Deep burns made with a cigarette lighter found on his nipples.
- Body was nude except for his pants that were pulled down below the waist.

Inderbeiten was one of the 16 victims that Kraft was found guilty of murdering.
61WHAT YOU GOT No connection was made to an unsolved case.


Kraft was charged with 16 murders, 14 of which were connected through the list. He has always maintained that he was innocent and told investigators that the list referred to various gay relationships that he had been involved in and shouldn't be taken seriously.

He was charged with murdering 16 young males, mostly from southern California. 

Victims and their number on the list: (3) Edward Daniel Moore, (39) Roland Young, (24) Ron Wiebe, (28) Scott Hughes, (36) Richard Keith, (19) Keith Crotwell, (37) Mark Hall, (46) Robert Loggins, (40) Don Crisel, (60) Michael Inderbeiten, (44) Geoff Nelson, (44) Roger DeVaul, (5)"John Doe," (N/L) Kevin Bailey, (57) Keith Klingbeil, (N/L) Eric Church, (N/L) Terry Gambrel

Two victims Kraft was convicted of murdering (Eric Church and Terry Gambrel) were not on the list, or at least investigators could not make a connection. 

A jury found Kraft guilty and on November 29, 1989, he was sentenced to die.