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Janelle Lisa Cruz

  • Birth 11 Jul 1967 Louisiana, USA
  • Death 5 May 1986 Irvine, Orange County, California, USA
  • Burial Corona del Mar, Orange County, California, USA
  • Plot Vista Del Mar, Lot 888, Space A
  • Memorial ID 8728007

Janelle Lisa Cruz

She was a poet, a warrior. A representation of all that is good in the world. She was a young woman who was struck down well before her time. But first, to us, she was just Janelle. :)

Her sense of life, fun and humor was infectious. The kind of girl where if she laughed, you laughed. And if she smiled, your heart just sore knowing she thought well of you.

Janelle loved her family, adored Marilyn Monroe and despite several hardships, graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA. She had tremendous ambition and looked forward to her bright future.

But all that changed on May 5, 1986.

Janelle came face to face with The East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker; California's most prolific (and still uncaught) serial killer/sex offender, in her own home. Unfortunately, the wrong person ended up walking away from that encounter.

Five long years had occurred since this madman claimed a victim and there would be no other murder after Janelle.

That means, The East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker came out of hiding for her--and then stopped. Why?

If you have any information about Janelle's murder (or the 100+ other crimes he committed), please get in touch with the authorities of Irvine, Sacramento and Santa Barbara, Ca. This case needs closure, for all the victims.

It has been over 25 years since Janelle took her last breath and almost 40 years since these series of crimes began. And yet, no one knows to this day who is responsible.

We need your help in solving this, once and for all.

One thing though this monster can never take away from us is our love for Janelle. She will always be remembered throughout her family and friends, and live on in our hearts and minds.

Janelle MUST NEVER be forgotten.

I look forward to the day when The E.A.R./O.N.S. is caught and punished for all his crimes.

Everyday I wake up with the hope that a miracle will come.


**A film is currently being planned to be made about Janelle and these series of crimes. It's called, "Bird with a Broken Wing" and we need your help in getting it made.

Remember, every dollar counts. And please, tell everyone you know about this film and how they can help. Thank you.

And last but not least, here is Elton John singing, "Candle in the Wind." This song could be just as much about our beautiful angel, Janelle, as it is about Marilyn Monroe.

Special thanks to Cameron Cloutier for all his support and
for making Janelle's memorial a special place for us to come and share our heartfelt comments and cherish Janelle.

****Thank you to "Tracker" for sponsoring Janelle's memorial.
****Thank you to "With All My Love" who created Janelle's graveside memorial.

Gravesite Details Bird With a Broken Wing is a movie dedicated to telling the story of Janelle's last two years of her life. Incredible story that will touch your heart. Go to FaceBook page Janelle Lisa Cruz and show your support. We need you to share this and help.
  • Maintained by: LeeLee
  • Originally Created by: With All My Love ☮ & ❤️
  • Added: 7 May 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8728007
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Janelle Lisa Cruz (11 Jul 1967–5 May 1986), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8728007, citing Pacific View Memorial Park, Corona del Mar, Orange County, California, USA ; Maintained by LeeLee (contributor 46954795) .