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Former Lodi resident Jack Earl writes crime book about murders in Victor

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Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013 10:30 pm

When Jack Earl watched the news coverage of Doug Gretzler being arrested by Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies for killing two Lodi families in a Victor farmhouse, he was confused.

“I had the image in head of a bad guy, not a guy my age who did a bad thing. It was so shocking to me,” he said.

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  • robert maurer posted at 10:26 am on Sat, Feb 9, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 488

    Hi,Ted, you said it exactly correct.I only knew you from Mr. Heinrich's mechanical drawing class. You were one of the students that in many ways, I worked to achieve to be; a good roll model. I remember the same about Jim. It is almost always a pleasure to hear from good people from my past. However, I just moved to Idaho last year,but in my heart ,the lodi area has always been my home and always will be.

  • Ted Lauchland posted at 10:27 am on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 261

    I can not say I knew everyone in Highschool but seeing faces in my annual brings back even people I never really knew. Good to meet you again , more or less. A lot of water under the bridge and yet it seems just like yesterday. People that come and go and some "Stuck in Lodi" - and loving it !

    I do not go on line that often on this blog but when I do it never seems to fail to be interesting. Looking forward to conversing on subjects with you in the future.

  • robert maurer posted at 12:56 pm on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 488

    My dad was employed by Rick's dad until that tragedy. I have memories of rick and I racing to the concession stand during the 7th inning stretch for food and drinks while our dads talked at the Lodi Crushers/Padres/A's baseball games at the Lodi stadium.By the way,hello Ted and Jim.I remember you from high school.

  • Alex Kennedy posted at 4:26 pm on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    Alex Posts: 215

    Dear LNS,

    This article is so riddled with grammatical errors that it was hard to follow in some areas. It's as though you don't even care. Take a few minutes to proof read your work before you post.

  • Simon Birch posted at 1:19 pm on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    Simon Birch - Online Manager Posts: 170 Staff

    Everyone: Here's the link to the Amazon page. http://amzn.to/VFtdkO
    I've also added it to the story above (where it's clickable).

  • Jim Schwartzenberger posted at 12:20 pm on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    Jim Schwartzenberger Posts: 2

    I just ordered the book on Amazon $22.95 not sure if it is available locally. There was not an E-book option.

  • Layla Bohm posted at 11:29 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    Layla Posts: 9


  • Marty & Christi Weybret posted at 9:42 am on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

    MCW Posts: 7

    Sara, I'd like to read the book. How do I find it? Has Jack thought of publishing it on iTunes?

  • Ted Lauchland posted at 2:28 pm on Sun, Feb 3, 2013.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 261

    You will find many people in this area that remember and have a personal viewpoint of the tragedy. Mine was close , very close as I knew Mark, Debbie and the Earl family through DeMolay and Rainbow. I sat next to Ricky in an accounting class one day and not the next . I lived a mile away from the happenings . Not a pleasant memory . Their houses carry those memories to this day every time I drive by.

    My sorrow still goes out to their remaining families. The stories go on.



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