'I-5 Killer' connected to five more deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. - The infamous "I-5 Killer" has been linked to five more murders.


Officials from the Portland Police Bureau's Cold Case Unit said new DNA technology has connected Randall Brent Woodfield to the murders of Darcy Fix, Doug Altig and Julie Reitz.


Police officials said that Woodfield shot and killed Fix and Altic in Altic's Portland home on November 27, 1980. They also believe that he shot and raped Reitz in her Beaverton home on February 15, 1981.


In addition to those cases is another one from Shasta County, Calif. involving two people. Police said Woodfield sexually assaulted and shot Donna Eckard and her daughter Janelle Jarvis on February 3, 1981.


Woodfield, now 61, was convicted in 1981 of a series of attacks on women along Interstate 5 in 1980 and 1981. Prosecutors from Multnomah, Washington and Shasta counties are not planning on filing any charges against Woodfield at this time because he is currently serving a life sentence at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. However, that sentence has a possibility of parole.


Reitz's mother, Candee Wilson, supports their decision because a prosecution would cost tax dollars. But she is disturbed that Woodfield could still get out of jail.


"That he could ask for and receive a parole hearing is disturbing," she said. "I assumed I could live peacefully and that he could never set foot outside prison walls."


Even though the Oregon Parole Board denied Woodfield the opportunity to request a parole hearing back in 1983, the Cold Case Unit and Multnomah County District Attorney's Office will present the three open cases to the parole board in the event that Woodfield is granted a hearing.


"I am confident based on all of our efforts that if we were forced to prosecute Randall Woodfield, Multnomah DA would be able to prove these cases beyond a reasonable doubt," said Portland Police Bureau Det. Jim Lawrence.


The Oregon statutes that existed when the murders were committed would not allow for the possibility of the death sentence. However, the California statutes would allow a jury to impose capital punishment.


Also known as the "I-5 Killer" and "I-5 Bandit," Woodfield was the subject of the best-selling true-crime book The I-5 Killer by Ann Rule and the 2011 Lifetime movie Hunt for the I-5 Killer. While he was officially charged with one murder and one attempted murder, police suspect Woodfield killed 18 to 24 people.


"The fact that he could be prosecuted for crimes other than the ones he was convicted of in order to keep him in prison is only a small consolation," Wilson said. "A parent never forgets the death of a child. It's with me every single day. It's a slap in the face that these possibilities even exist."

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