|Birth: ||Mar. 31, 1925, England|
|Death: ||Aug. 15, 1964|
San Diego County
Murder victim. Raymond Henry Goedecke was convicted for the murders of his father, mother, brother, and sister. The jury found him guilty of first degree murder of his father and second degree murder of the other victims, determined that he was sane when he killed his father and insane when he committed the other killings and fixed the penalty at death for the murder of his father. About 6:15 a.m. on August 15, 1964, defendant, who was then 18, left a church camp to return to his home, a distance of about 50 miles. He had driven to the camp the night before accompanied by two young friends, both girls. The girls left the camp with him, and, after taking the first girl home, defendant and the second girl, Christine, drove to his home, arriving about 7:30 a.m. When they entered the house no one was about. Defendant called out, "Get up you lazy bones," and went down the hallway toward the bedrooms. Christine, who had remained in the kitchen, heard defendant make a loud noise and say something to the effect that they were dead. She went back to the bedrooms and saw the bodies of defendant's 8-year-old brother, Mark, and his parents. The body of defendant's 15-year-old sister, Ellen, was later found in her bedroom. All four had All four had been beaten about the head many times with an iron rod, and the father had been stabbed repeatedly. According to the autopsies, the father's death was due to multiple stab wounds, skull and facial fractures and contusions of the brain. During an interrogation at the station the police saw what appeared to be blood in Raymond's hair and a fleck of blood on his ear. They asked him to remove his clothing and after he did so they observed numerous stains. Raymond later admitted killing his family but said that he did not know why he killed them. During his trial, he gave the following version of the events on the night in question: After attending a religious program at the church camp, he slept in his car. He awoke during the night and went for a drive. After driving awhile, he decided to go home for some coffee. He parked across the street from his house, and as he passed through his garage he kicked an iron bar and picked it up. He wrapped a towel around the bar, and he removed his shoes and socks in the kitchen, a habit he acquired when new carpeting was laid in his home. He then went into his parents' bedroom and struck his father several times with the bar and then hit his mother a number of times. His father began to sit up, and defendant again struck him repeatedly. He then hit his mother some more. Afterwards he went into the bedrooms of his sister and brother and struck them many times. He washed up in the bathroom and then returned to his parents' bedroom and saw his father attempting to crawl towards the door. Defendant smoked a cigarette as he watched his father struggle for awhile. On seeing his father's hunting knife on a chest he thought, "Maybe this will finish him off." He then stabbed his father a number of times. As he left the house, his thought was, "Raymond, get out of here." He did not know what was in his mind during the episode except the two quoted thoughts. The jury returned verdicts of first degree murder as to the killing of defendant's father and second degree murder as to the other victims and was sentenced to death. Years later the death sentence was reduced on appeal.
Henry Christian Goedecke (1922 - 1964)
Ellen Goedecke (1949 - 1964)*
Mark Goedecke (1955 - 1964)*
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego County
Plot: Grave A-A 2780
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Louis M.
Record added: Apr 02, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87966313