Standing outside the door where Elizabeth Mae Hoffschneider was killed in 1984 is chilling. It looks like any other well-kept apartment complex. But the horror of what took place here makes it very different.
About a year and a half ago, I started this column with as harsh an introduction as I've ever written for anything: "'Nude lying face up in bed. Beaten. Neck stabbed. Sexually assaulted. Strangled to death.' The facts on the police report are brutally chilling. 'Blood drops on bathroom floor. Adhesive substance on wrists. Numerous cut hairs on upper body and on bedding.' And it goes on. Elizabeth Mae Hoffschneider was murdered in Huntington Beach on Nov. 14, 1984. Just 38 years old, her body was discovered in her Parkside Lane apartment by co-workers from the Fountain Valley medical company where she worked.'"
As you may have recently read in this paper, the person charged with this crime, Gerald Go, committed suicide in Canada, where he'd been held the last two years while authorities waited — and waited — for Canadian officials to send him back here for trial. Just as the path had been cleared, he killed himself.