Authorities Say Police Buff Ran His Own Disneyland to Attract Girls
Feb. 05, 1985
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ A police buff identified by two bleeding teen-agers as the man who beat and stabbed them spent a quiet evening at home with his family while his victims lay in a car trunk a few feet away, too weak to cry out, authorities say.
Police said the man ran ''his own Disneyland ... the haunted house on the hill'' at an old mansion where he was a guard, letting in teenage girls who wanted to look around.
David Allen Raley, 23, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in connection with Saturday's stabbings of Jeanine Grinsell, 16, of San Mateo, and Laurie McKenna, 17, of Burlingame. Ms. Grinsell later died of her wounds.
Police investigators say the two teen-agers were first beaten and stabbed at the Carolands mansion, a historic Hillsborough home where Raley was a security guard.
They were attacked again in his garage, then stuffed into a car trunk while he spent a quiet evening playing Monopoly with his family just a few feet away, police Lt. Don Trujillo said. That night, they were dumped into a remote ravine about 10 miles southeast of downtown San Jose.
Ms. Grinsell, suffering from a fractured skull and as many as 50 stab and slash wounds in her upper body, managed to crawl up to the road, where she was spotted by a motorist Sunday morning. Police said she identified her attacker before she went ito surgery, where she died three hours later.
Ms. McKenna, listed in good condition at a San Jose hospital, also identified her assailant, police said.
Raley, arrested at his home Sunday night, was booked into Santa Clara County Jail for investigation of one count of murder, one count of attempted murder and two counts of kidnapping.
Raley had worked for less than a year as a guard at the mansion, built in 1914 by Pullman Railroad Car heiress Harriet Pullman Carolan Schermerhorn but vacant since the mid 1970s. It is not open to the public, but residents say it was a popular attraction with high school students drawn by its air of mystery.
''You wouldn't believe the things girls offer me. Food, money, sex - anything to get inside,'' Raley told a San Francisco State University journalism student who interviewed him for a feature story just hours before the attacks took place. ''They think that there's $300,000 hidden somewhere in there, and if I find it I'm sure not going to tell anyone.''
The student, Gayle Passaretti, said Raley told her that ''lots of people, especially the local high school students, wanted to see inside the mansion, but he only let girls in.''
Trujillo described Raley as the ''master of his own Disneyland. There's the haunted house on the hill, and he's in charge. And all the teen-agers come around because they want to get a peek at the place.
''He used that curiosity to take these girls captive, beat them and stab them, and then left them for dead.''
''We're exploring his connection to other unsolved homicides in our county,'' Trujillo said.
Trujillo said Raley was a police buff who monitored police radio bands and used police jargon and codes. Area residents said Raley sometimes raced his car along the street with siren blaring and yellow roof light flashing.
Guy Edwards, 17, who said he was a friend of Raley, recalled that the security guard liked to ''play-arrest'' people and handcuff them.