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Former Resident Killed By Gunman

Mr. and Mrs. Claire Childers left Friday for Walla Walla after having received word of the tragic death of his half-sister, Mrs. Erline Folker.

Mrs. Folker’s body was found Wednesday, November 5, in the desert near Las Vegas, Nevada with her throat slashed. She was identified and relatives were notified Friday.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Griffin, of Las Vegas, said Jack Rainsberger had been booked on suspicion of murder after he had told a bizarre story about voices telling him in Los Angeles last week to go to Las Vegas and make a human sacrifice. Rainsberger further told of roaming Las Vegas streets on Monday, November 3, searching for a victim and spotting Mrs. Folker who was working in a stationary store, according to Sgt. Griffin. When Mrs., Folker got off work, Rainsberger said he followed her to her car and forced her at knifepoint to drive out to the desert where he sacrificed her.

Mrs. Folker is the former Erline May Childers, daughter of A.E. (Earl) and May Childers and was born at Joseph January 14, 1935. She was a graduate of College Place public schools and attended Walla Walla high school, being a member of the class of 1953.

Graveside services were held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Mountain View cemetery in Walla Walla. Dr. William H. Thompson of the First Presbyterian church officiated.

Among her survivors are: a 3 year-old son; her father, A.E. Childers, of College Place; a half-brother, Claire Childers, of Enterprise; a half-brother, Bill Childers, of Walla Walla; and two other half- brothers and two half-sisters, Russell, Ralph, Oma and Arvilla.

Wallowa County Chieftain, Wallowa County, Oregon, November 13, 1958 Front Page. Contributed by Sue Wells Notes by Gary Jaensch College Place is close to Walla Walla in Washington

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