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US News "You were going home alone…" 36 years later, the murderer of Tina, 14, writes a letter of confession

17:35  23 october  2020
17:35  23 october  2020 Source:   parismatch.com

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A man jailed for the murder of a teenager whom he has always denied finally admitted the facts , six years after his conviction.

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Until then, he had never ceased to deny the facts. Convicted of murder in 2014 and since incarcerated in California, Steven Carlson finally confessed, from his cell. In 1984, 14-year-old Tina Faelz was killed in Pleasanton, California. In three letters obtained by the " San Francisco Chronicle ," the man, who was 16 at the time, described killing his classmate with a kitchen knife at least 44 times.

The three letters are separated into different categories, one is a statement addressed to the parole officers, the other is for Tina's family, and the last is directly addressed to her victim. “This heartfelt apology comes too late,” he wrote in one. “I had been living in denial for years, I was unable to believe and take responsibility for the brutal murder I subjected you to that day of April 5, 1984. I want you and your family to know that you did did absolutely nothing to deserve what I made you endure. That’s what makes this murder so excruciating and horrific, ”we read.

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"You were horribly surprised to see me brutally attack you to kill you"

Tina's murderer had been in the wild for years, leaving his family unable to mourn. It was not until 2011 that advances in DNA analysis were traced back to Steven Carlson, thanks to blood found at the time on the victim's handbag. Upon testing, investigators discovered that this DNA matched that of the man already in prison in Santa Cruz. “He has spent about half of his life in prison for rape, drug charges and his parole violation. In 1984, it was a 16-year-old boy from Lemonwood, known at school as the "Creepy Carlson", "the" San Francisco Chronicle "reports.

In 2014, he was convicted of Tina's murder but appealed, claiming his innocence. While no motive for the crime has ever been formalized, Steven Carlson committed his murder when he was drunk and enraged after being harassed in high school earlier today. He wanted to throw a party while his parents were away but had received teasing from his classmates. “It all happened so fast. I remember going into the kitchen and picking up a knife. (…) I don't remember stabbing her. I just remember standing above his bloody body holding a bloody knife, "he said in one of the letters. "You were just minding your own business, you were going home on your own and had to go through this scary tunnel for a 14 year old girl, and you were horribly surprised to see me brutally attack you to kill you He wrote again.

Tina's family reacted to these words. His brother said it was "nice to know that he finally confessed, and that's 100% him." "This aspect makes me feel better, this confirmation, but it does not change anything," he explained. For her part, the Alameda County prosecutor said the confession, 36 years after the crime, "is too few, and too late." She recalled that after the murder, the victim's brother could not sleep because he "was afraid that his sister's killer would come after him." "How much better he could have slept, and how much anguish could have been avoided, if this confession had been made when Drew was still a child," she commented.

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