Convicted Killer Confesses to murder of classmate 36 years later

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Steve Carlson was convicted of killing his 14-year-old Pleasanton classmate in 2014. He just wrote a confession letter to the girl’s family–36 years later, according to Odd Crimes. 

Foothill High School freshman Tina Faelz was murdered as she walked home from school in 1984. Carlson, 52, was to have a parole hearing two weeks ago but asked to cancel it, according to Alameda County District Attorney prosecutor Jill Klinge. His next hearing wont be for another three years.

Klinge asked for the “remorse letters” be given to the family as a sense of closure, since he never admitted to killing Faelz. He was 16 at the time of the killing and was tried as an adult, according to East Bay Times. 

“I was living in denial for many years; not being able to believe or take responsibility for brutally murdering you on that day of April 5, 1984,” Carlson wrote. “I want you and your family to know you did absolutely nothing to deserve what I did to you. that’s what makes this murder so callous and horrific.”

Faelz was walking home from school and took a shortcut when she was stabbed 44 times. The homicide case went cold until 2011, when DNA found on a purse linked to Carlson.

Carlson was in Faelz’s freshman class, but had little interaction with her, however he did live next to the murder scene at the time.

On the day of the murder, Carlson was intoxicated and had left school early after being bullied by classmates, who had thrown him into a dumpster.

He was questioned after her death as a person of interest and again in 1986 after he told people at a party he killed Faelz, which he later said was a joke, according to East Bay Times.

In a 2011 interview with East Bay times, Carlson denied killing her, saying police were blaming him so they could close the case.

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