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The final victim
With each attack, Bittaker and Norris were becoming more brazen, and each assault was becoming more brutal. This pattern reached its horrific climax with the abduction of 16-year-old Shirley Ledford on 31st October 1979. The pair spotted her outside a gas station in the Sunland-Tujunga suburb of LA on her way home from a Halloween party. They offered her a ride in the van and she accepted, recognizing Bittaker as a regular at the restaurant where she worked.
Once in the van, they drove to a secluded spot and bound and gagged her at knifepoint. This time, they decided it wasn’t necessary to travel to their usual location, choosing instead to assault Shirley in the back of the van while they drove around town.