34-year old Pleasanton cold case solved

Woman whose body discovered on dark road apparently died of drug overdose

Alameda County Sheriff's investigators say they can now close the book on a 34-year-old cold case in Pleasanton.

The body of Karen Rose Robinson, 21, of Oakland, was discovered on a dark road in 1975.

Investigators originally classified the case as a homicide after Robinson's boyfriend told officers he had dropped her off near Oakland City Hall on the night she died, according to Sgt. Scott Dudek.

But investigators now believe that Robinson died of a heroin overdose. The boyfriend now says he was selling the drug at the time for the Black Panthers and that she injected too much of it without him knowing, Dudek said.

Dudek, who supervises the cold case unit, said the man told investigators he didn't want to be blamed for Robinson's death, so he moved her lifeless body to the dark road where she was discovered.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Dec 4, 2009 at 11:46 am

This story is very marginal.

Suggestions for improvment:

1) name of boyfriend?
2) what "dark road"?
3) motive behind the "boyfriend" finally coming forth with additional information
4) your last paragraph makes no sense as you have written "...said Robinson told investigators he didn't want to be blamed for Robinson's death".

Until stories or complete or edited more thoroughly, keep them out of print. You bring down the integrity of the publication with crap like this.

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Posted by T.H.
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 4, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Yeah, maybe a quick proof reading would help. Unless, that is, if the boyfriend's name is also Robinson. I have read this story in other places and this seems to be the Cliff Notes of those articles. Like Cliff Notes it's missing the full story and the details that you should know if you are interested in what really happened. Brevity is not the aim of true journalism. Rewrite or pull it off is what an editor should be saying.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Is it PC for T.H. to know more?

Divorce = PC

When the PPD wants you to know more, they will provide the information.

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Posted by Janet Pelletier
Managing Editor
on Dec 4, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Janet Pelletier is a registered user.

Last sentence: should read "the man," not Robinson, and it has been changed to correctly reflect that.

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Posted by Ceasar
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Dec 4, 2009 at 3:35 pm

It's funny. We want Woodward and Bernstein but journalists work for slave wages. You get what you pay for.

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Posted by You get what you pay for ...
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Dec 4, 2009 at 7:57 pm

What a cruel comment from a thoughtless sob. Some of us choose to work for low wages cause we don't necessarily need the money and receive a great deal of gratification from our work in return. Think about this the next time before you offer up such mindless dribble, Ceasar.

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Posted by T.H.
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 5, 2009 at 12:20 am

It's about checking beyond spell checking. Make sure the word usages are correct, information...the basics. Re read it a few times and have another person do the same. It's one thing to blog or post but if you publish you need to hold yourself to your highest possible standards. Not perfect, but the best you can do, and I believe they can do better. It's this that and the other thing(Publishing rumored spousal abuse, repel instead or rapel, jebs naming people thing) I can't list or remmeber them all, it's an opinion you generate after awhile of half-a, amateurish, pseudo-reporting.

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Posted by P-town Dad
a resident of Amador Estates
on Dec 6, 2009 at 6:36 am

Are charges being filed against the boyfriend or not? This is a critical part of this story.

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Posted by T.H.
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 6, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Web Link

This article was written first and the PW basically plagerized it.

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

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