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Karen Klaas’ friends stand at the back door of her California home and shout out for her. In response, though, they only hear a muted cry – a shocking sound that sends them running in fear. Then, after racing around from the back of the house to the front, the group see a man exiting the door. Little do they know that he has just strangled Klaas – and it will take 40 years for investigators to figure out who he is.

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But before we delve further into the tragic events of January 30, 1976, let’s discover a bit more about Klaas. While attending California’s Santa Ana High School, she counted Bill Medley as her best friend. And things took a romantic turn when she showed up at one of Medley’s gigs. You see, he just so happened to be a musician – both as a solo artist and as part of the duo The Righteous Brothers.

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