Man convicted in first of two cold-case Stanford strangling trials

REDWOOD CITY — John Arthur Getreu, who recent cold-case breakthroughs connected to the strangling murders of two women in the 1970s near Stanford University, has been convicted by a San Mateo County jury in the first of two trials he faces for slayings that notoriously went unsolved for decades.

John Arthur Getreu, shown in a 2019 booking photo, was found guilty in the 1974 cold-case murder of Janet Ann Taylor near Stanford University. He also faces trial for the 1973 killing of Leslie Perlov in the same area. (San Mateo Co. Sheriff’s Office) 

Jurors needed just an hour of deliberation before finding Getreu guilty of first-degree murder in the

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