Jenny’s father, John Lin, found the girl’s partially clad body at 6:45
p.m. May 27, 1994, in the upstairs master bathroom of their Pineville
Circle home in Palomares Hills. A coroner ruled that the Canyon Middle
School 8th-grader was not sexually assaulted.
She had been tied up naked and stabbed several times in the abdomen.
The slaying shocked the Castro Valley community.
Before the attack, presumably the last person she spoke to was a friend on
the phone at 5:15 p.m. that day. Jenny, who played musical instruments,
studied dance and excelled in academics, had turned 14 just 2 days
Jenny was a straight-A student with a dazzling smile who liked the band U2. A musician herself, she played both the piano and the viola.
The FBI profile suggested the killer was someone from the community, someone who knew Jenny and her routine. The murder didn’t appear to be the work of a serial killer because no similar murders have been reported.
In 2006 Alameda County sheriff’s investigator identified a 38-year old Alexander Sebastian Shaw as a prime suspect in the case.
Shaw is a convicted killer serving a life sentence in Oregon. He has recently confessed to multiple murders in exchange for avoiding a death sentence but has not confessed to the murder of Jenny Lin.
He has not been arrested for Jenny’s murder
A $100,000 reward continues to be offered for information leading to the conviction of the murderer.
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