50 years after a classmate's slaying, three amateur sleuths set out to find her killer

At most high school reunions, people talk about kids, spouses and jobs. But at a party for 1970s graduates of Lynwood High School, two women on the...

June 1, 2023
4:20 PM

At most high school reunions, people talk about kids, spouses and jobs. But at a party for 1970s graduates of Lynwood High School, two women on the dance floor were talking homicide. Rose Morales and Cheryl Sanchez Simmons had just learned that, when they were young, a girl their age had been strangled in their hometown. The killing of Jan Marsh, 14, had never been solved. And though the case had unfolded around them, neither woman had heard her story. As a band played '70s hits inside a hotel near Knott's Berry Farm, Sanchez Simmons danced her way over to Morales and said: 'We can't let this go.

Laura J. Nelson