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Wilmington John Doe was a young man found strangled in 1973. He is believed to be one of Randy Steven Kraft's victims.

Case

The victim was discovered by Long Beach police at around 11:30 AM on February 6, 1973. He was found naked in a ditch off the Terminal Island Freeway in Wilmington, California with a ligature mark around his neck. Police believe the victim had likely been garroted with a piano wire. A brown sock was also found stuffed up his rectum, and Kraft often sodomized his victim's with socks.

Local members of the LGBTQ+ community came forward and said they had seen the victim soliciting tricks along Belmont Shore, but were unable to recall his name.

The victim was believed to have been entered on Randy Kraft's scorecard as "WILMINGTON". Kraft was never formally charged with the decedent's murder, and has not confessed to the crime or given any information that may lead to the decedent's identification, as he falsely maintains his innocence.

Other suspected and potential victims of Kraft include Wilmington John Doe (April 1973), Marion County John Doe (1980), Jeff Sayre, Paul Fuchs, Keith Jackson, Kevin Clark Bailey and Oral Stuart Jr.

Characteristics

  • Brown hair.
  • Brown eyes.
  • Several long, thin scars on his lower right leg.
  • Type A blood.

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