On September 3, 1988, the bodies of
two women were found in a remote area near Coquille. Both women, who had
been dead for two or three days, were nude from the waist down. They had
been tied together at the wrists and shot in the head from close range
with a shotgun. Police found a great deal of physical evidence at the
scene, including tire tracks from a small automobile.
Investigators eventually determined that the victims
were from West Germany. A week after the bodies were discovered, two
witnesses separately came forward to report that defendant had said that
he and a man named Jeff Williams had been involved in shooting two women
with a sawed-off shotgun.
On September 11, 1988, police arrested defendant.