Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Children of Thunder: The Helzer Brothers


Associated Press, "Closing Arguments Begin In Helzer Murder Trial." June 14, 2004

Booth, Claire. "Court sees Helzer's '12 Principles," Contra Costa Times. December 6, 2001.

Booth, Claire. "Helzer's cousin talks about plan; he says the older of the two brothers accused of killing 5 had asked how mentally ill people act," Contra Costa Times. December 11, 2001.

Booth, Claire. "Riveting testimony at Helzer hearing; Concord residents tells of seeing man in truck with duffel bag in his lap," Contra Costa Times. December 14, 2001.

Booth, Claire. "Man pleads guilty to 5 murders; Former stockbroker could get death penalty for gruesome acts," Contra Costa Times. March 6, 2004.

Booth, Claire. "Helzer: 'I want this life to be over;' jurors hustled out after outburst later return to hear relatives stories," Contra Costa Times. July 22, 2004.

Bulwa, Demian. "Bizarre plot told in court; 5 slayings prelude to overthrow of Mormon Church," San Francisco Chronicle. June 2, 2004.

Bulwa, Demian. "Details of bizarre plot to kill in God's name; Accused woman says she was under spell of a prophet," San Francisco Chronicle. June 24, 2004.

Bulwa, Demian. "Witnesses call younger Helzer sweet, gentle; defense rests in sentencing phase of capital murder trial," San Francisco Chronicle. July 27, 2004.

Bulwa, Demian. "Killer under spell of brother, expert says; Psychiatrist testifies 2 murderers shared psychotic delusions," San Francisco Chronicle. June 29, 2004.

Fimrite, Peter. "Murder victims' relatives find solace at memorial; death verdict is not a victory, they say -- 'Nobody won,'" San Francisco Chronicle. August 4, 2004.

Foley, Gregory. "Prosecutors will charge trio for Woodacre slayings," Point Reyes Light. August 31, 2000.

Furillo, Andy, Ralph Montano and Sam Stanton. "Horror surfaces in Delta; officials link gabs with body parts to killing spree," The Sacramento Bee. August 10, 2000.

Goodyear, Charlie and Peter Fimrite. "Selina Bishop deposited money in her name on behalf of alleged killer, friends say," San Francisco Chronicle August 11, 2000.

Goodyear, Charlie and Peter Fimrite. "Officials ID Bodies, Rule Out Other Victims," San Francisco Chronicle. August 12, 2000.

Goodyear, Charlie. "'Witch' testifies in slayings; Suspect claims he is 'warlock,' she says," San Francisco Chronicle. December 14, 2001.

Gerstman, Bruce. "Ex-playmate describes Helzer plot; jury in penalty phase hears of killer's trip to buy 'date rape' drug in Mexico," Contra Costa Times. November 19, 2004.

Gerstman, Bruce. "Helzer witnesses cite religion, youth; defense attorney leads those on the stand to discuss the family history of mental illness," Contra Costa Times. December 7, 2004.

Krupnick, Matt. "Helzer sentenced to death; tearful jury hands down Justin Helzer's sentence four years to the day after the final two of five victims were killed," Contra Costa Times. August 4, 2000.

Krupnick, Matt. "Former centerfold describes scheme at Justin Helzer murder trial; Taylor Helzer's ex-girlfriend says drugs led her to agree to help finance a self-help organization," Contra Costa Times. May 14, 2004.

Krupnick, Matt. "Helzers' friend gave them alibi; Debra McClanahan tells murder trial's jurors that she didn't know of the killings when she agreed to buy extra movie tickets," Contra Costa Times. May 21, 2004.

Krupnick, Matt. "Godman details five murders; former roommate of defendant Justin Helzer explains how she helped," Contra Costa Times. May 28, 2004.

Krupnick, Matt. "Jury takes up its task in the Justin Helzer trial," West County Times. June 16, 2004.

Lee, Henry K. "Sex, drugs at heart of 5 killings, jury told; prosecutor alleges plot led defendant, brother on rampage," San Francisco Chronicle. May 1, 2004.

McMillan, Carolyn, Larry Spears, Andy Jokelson, and Jessica Guynn. "I guess you never really know someone; murder probe exposes side of Helzer brothers that friends never saw," Contra Costa Times. August 13, 2000.

Miller, Cheryl. "Delta bodies beaten, knifed coroner reports on duffel bag case," Sacramento Bee. September 1, 2000.

Peele, Thomas and Tony Hicks. "A 'macabre' relationship; friends were wary of Bishop's 'Jordan,'" The Sacramento Bee. September 11, 2000.

Read, Simon. "Wife wants Helzer spared," Tri-Valley Herald. March 17, 2004.

Vega, Cecilia M. "Lawyers call killer of 5 a mentally ill misfit," San Francisco Chronicle. June 25, 2004.

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