Because Francis' husband—who was away at the time—was a drug dealer, the five murders were thought to be motivated by drug trafficking.Prosecutors later argued that the murder of Kathy Francis eliminated Mullin's claims of not guilty by reason of insanity because he killed her to remove a witness who could link him to the Gianera murders.In one published account of these murders, however, an FBI profiler states that Mullin killed the Francis family first and then executed the Gianera couple.About a month later, on February 10, 1973, Mullin was wandering around Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park where he encountered four teenage boys camping illegally in the park.
On November 2, 1972, Mullin went to confess his sins at St. In a delusional state, he believed the priest, Father Henri Tomei (a French Resistance veteran from Marseilles who came to America after the war and was in his eighth year as assistant pastor), wanted to volunteer to be his next sacrifice to keep away the earthquakes.The old cabin near the Mystery Spot on Mystery Spot Road, was now occupied by Kathy Francis (an old friend of Gianera).She gave him Gianera's new address, which was on Western Drive in Santa Cruz.Herbert William Mullin (born April 18, 1947) is an American serial killer who killed thirteen people in California in the early 1970s.
He confessed to the killings, which he claimed prevented earthquakes.
Mullin was to claim later that the victim was Jonah from the Bible, and that he had sent Mullin a telepathic message saying, "Pick me up and throw me over the boat.