Around 9:30 p.m., Barbara Nantais and Jim Alt went down to the beach for some privacy and Rick Selga and his girlfriend stayed in the parking lot to sleep in the station wagon. The next morning Rick was awoken by Alt knocking on the car window.
Barbara's parents, Ralph and Judy Nantais, were devastated by the news. They were out of town and had left their children in the care of an adult family friend. They had no idea that Barbara and Jim had gone to the beach to camp.
Jim Alt was rushed to the hospital where he had emergency surgery. He spent days in a coma and when he awoke, he had no memory of the attack. He was briefly investigated, but ruled out as a suspect because his injuries had been so severe and life threatening.
Despite the brutal attack, there was little evidence and the case eventually went cold. Six years later, on Aug. 24 1984, Claire Hough, a 14-year-old from Rhode Island, was found murdered on the same beach.
Claire Hough's best friend, Kim Jamer, had spent a few days with Claire in California but had returned to Rhode Island before the murder. Jamer says she had a very bad feeling on the beach at night two days before Claire was killed and had warned her friend not to go there after dark.
Despite the similarities in the Claire Hough and Barbara Nantais murders, their families did not know about each other. But around 2008, the San Diego Police Cold Case Unit posted the cases on its website saying that they believed both girls had likely been murdered by the same killer.
Lawyers for Rebecca Brown and Kevin Brown contend the San Diego Police Department's case is built on rumors and misinterpretations. Gene Iredale and Gretchen Von Helms say cross-contamination in the lab was to blame for the DNA link.
Today, the Houghs would rather not focus on the details of their daughter's murder. What is important to Sam and Penny Hough is who Claire was. They say Claire was all about love which is evident in the will she left behind telling her family and friends how much she cared about them.
Jim Alt, who survived the brutal attack the night Barbara Nantais was murdered, struggles with what happened and is dedicated to helping other survivors through his Facebook page, "Surviving Victims of Violent Crimes."