The corpse of the prime suspect in a two-decade-old cold case, Patrick Pearse, was found in a parked car in Santa Maria on 5/18. A resident of Santa Maria, Pearse, 45, was linked to the bludgeoning murder of Linda Shulman, 30, after his DNA – on record for a previous manslaughter conviction – was found in an analysis made last year to match the semen stain on Shulman’s mattress. A motive was never established


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