Serial killer pleads guilty to 1973 cold-case

A convicted serial killer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to killing 21-year-old Stanford Law librarian Leslie Perlov in 1973.

According to Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen, “Justice for Leslie Perlov and her loved ones has finally been served. This serial murderer will spend the rest of his life in prison.”

In 1973 and 1974, Getreu, 78, strangled Perlov and Janet Taylor, daughter of Stanford football coach Chuck Taylor, 13 months apart in what became known as “The Stanford Murders.”

It wasn’t until 2021 that Getreu was finally brought to justice for Taylor’s murder.

An official discovered Perlov’s body on Feb. 16, 1973, with a scarf wrapped tightly around her neck.

As a result of DNA discovered under Perlov’s fingernails, Getreu was finally charged in 2018 after decades of going cold.

The authorities believe Getreu committed at least three murders, including those of Perlov and Taylor, as part of a string of sexual assaults.

Additionally, he was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of a 16-year-old girl in Germany in the 1960s, as well as the sexual assault of a California woman in 1975.

According to Rosen’s office, the 78-year-old has a sentencing hearing in April, after which he will spend the rest of his life in prison.