REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Oct 11, 2018, 7:00 AM ET

Accused 'Gypsy Hill Killer' gets life for 1976 murders


A career criminal thought to be the "Gypsy Hills Killer" has been sentenced to life in prison for raping and murdering two teenage girls in Northern California more than 40 years ago.

The San Jose Mercury News says 70-year-old Rodney Halbower demanded a mistrial and was shouted at by the victims' family and friends after he was sentenced Wednesday in Redwood City.

Halbower was convicted last month of the 1976 killings of 17-year-old Paula Baxter and 18-year-old Veronica Cascio.

Authorities believe he raped and killed six women and girls — including a 14-year-old and a nursing student in Nevada — in 1976 but he was only charged with two murders.

The killer's nickname was based on the area of Pacifica, south of San Francisco, where one body was found.

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  • Eye Candy

    Wonder why it took so long to get him. They must have had his DNA from the rapes.

  • McDuff

    Shame that he got to enjoy so many decades as a free man.

  • helicohunter

    I hope that in the future, men won't be able to get away with it for so long. Better late than never, but earlier is much better than later.

  • gs12

    Being California, they're lucky he wasn't released.