Serial killer John Getreu found guilty of murdering Stanford student in 1974 ...

Serial killer John Getreu found guilty of murdering Stanford student in 1974 ...
Serial killer John Getreu found guilty of murdering Stanford student in 1974 ...

A serial killer was found guilty of murdering a Stanford University student nearly 50 years ago after a DNA breakthrough that tied him to killing. 

Jurors took just one hour to find John Arthur Getreu, 77, guilty of killing 21-year-old Janet Ann Taylor Wednesday after just one hour of jury deliberation.

Taylor, the daughter of legendary Stanford football coach Chuck Taylor, was found beaten, strangled and left on the side of the road near the campus on March 24, 1974. 

Prosecutor John Stauffer said that Getreu's crimes were sexually motivated and used DNA evidence to identify Getreu in Taylor's death, according to ABC News.

Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies were able to take DNA evidence from a coffee cup that Getreu had thrown away matched with DNA found on the torn green pants of Taylor. 

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Investigators could not conclusively determine whether Taylor had been raped. 

John Arthur Getreu, 77, was found guilty of killing 21-year-old Janet Ann Taylor Wednesday

John Arthur Getreu, 77, was found guilty of killing 21-year-old Janet Ann Taylor Wednesday

Getreu was an employee at the school at the time of the murder.   

He was a supposed family man and Boy Scout leader in his Palo Alto, California hometown. 

However, as prosecutor John Stauffer said, he was also living a double life predator, having previously been convicted for rape and murder.  

In closing arguments, Stauffer mentioned two of Getreu's other known victims: Diane Doe, a 17-year-old rape victim, and 15-year-old Margaret Williams, who Getreu killed in 1963 while he lived in Germany. 

In the Doe case, Getreu took a guilty plea deal for statutory rape, paid a $200 fine and was sentenced to six months in jail.

In the Williams case, Getreu was convicted in Germany and tried as a juvenile in 1964 and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was released in 1969 and returned to the United States.

Another woman, Sharon Lucchese, has accused Getreu of

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