On October 1, 1993, in the small California town of Petaluma, Richard Allen Davis abducted and murdered 12-year-old Polly Klaas. Davis was out on parole and claimed to be visiting his estranged mother the day he broke into Klaas's home during a slumber party. He was later sent to San Quentin after receiving the death penalty.
The story of Polly Klaas's kidnapping and murder - as well as errors in police investigation - made national headlines. Polly's story led to the founding of social justice organizations and changes to federal law.
In the list below, we'll look into Polly Klaas's life, her tragic death, and how her killer was eventually brought to justice.
Polly Klaas Was A Seventh Grader With A Bright Future
Richard Allen Davis Kidnapped Polly During A Sleepover At Her Own Home
Polly's Friends Initially Thought Her Kidnapping Was A Joke
Police Questioned Davis Only An Hour After The Kidnapping
A Partial Handprint And A Sweatshirt Led To Davis's Arrest
Davis Led Police To Polly's Body, Which Was In A Ditch Near Highway 101