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PostSubject: Cosette Ellison   Tue Oct 04, 2011 10:29 pm

Check this out...I was researching info in the town of MORAGA, when I came across this article that mentions Cosette Ellison, long time considered to be a Z victim by some>

The Fuel Line Bombing and Canyon Fire of 1969?
Someone knew just where to put a dynamite charge on a pipeline carrying aviation fuel from Shell Oil to Oakland International in 1969. The blast leveled the Canyon Store and injured several men - one critically. Do you remember?

In a casual conversation with Patch reader and long-time Moraga resident John Eriksen the topic came up: "Do you remember the pipeline bombing and fuel fire in Canyon back in 1969?"

John has one of those memories you envy and even though we were both young scuts back then he recalled another friend, Cosette Ellison, mentioning the blast - which was huge news and probably equal in "local buzz" to the recent conflagration in San Bruno - even though there were a lot fewer of us around back then.

"She told me how it woke up her family, and how it burned the store and post office," John said. "No one is really sure who did it."

A lot of Canyon residents, in fact, thought the initial blast was a sonic boom. In mid-March of 1969, with the Weathermen and other dissident groups bombing police stations and other hard target examples of the capitalist oppressors, an exposed stretch of 10-inch Shell Oil pipeline running from Martinez to a fuel storage site near the Oakland Airport made a tempting target.

No one knows for certain who set the charge or why, as no one was ever brought to justice for the bombing, and along with the Weathermen Shell was having some union difficulties at the time. What is known is that someone with a insider's knowledge of the pipeline knew that it was above ground in only one 25-foot section crossing San Leandro Creek in Canyon, and was comfortable enough with explosives to touch it off. Investigators said that the bomber may have been trying to time the blast to coincide with a fuel transfer from Martinez to Oakland - missing that transfer and avoiding creation of an even bigger firestorm by seconds.

As it was, six men were badly burned; 12 cars were destroyed - including three police cars and a Highway Patrol cruiser - and the landmark Canyon Store was left in ruins. Conjecture over who was behind the bombing was Topic No. One in the fledgling Moraga Valley for weeks.

The Night The Sky Turned Red

There were 60 homes in Canyon back in 1969, most of them drawing supplies and getting their local news and gossip during routine visits to the Canyon Store and post office, built in 1885 and so precious to the town they formed a trust to save it from destruction by the East Bay Municipal Utility District three years earlier.

On Monday, March 17, Elizabeth Hathaway and her mother, W.I. Garibaldi, were asleep in their Pinehurst Road home about 100 yards away from the pipeline when the first of several explosions awakened them at roughly 10:30 p.m.

Hathaway said the concussion blew out nearly a dozen windows in her home. It was clear something bad had happened and help was summoned, with the Moraga Fire Department, county sheriff's deputies, and a highway patrolman all responding. Also racing into Canyon that night was Earl J. Davis, a Shell Oil Superintendent, who arrived to assess the situation after technicians in Martinez realized the pipeline had lost pressure.

Gladys Shally, Canyon's "unofficial historian," was in bed reading when the first explosion rocked the town. Like many townspeople, she thought it was a sonic boom, and she looked outside to see if she could hear a plane.

About an hour later, George R. Menge told the Oakland Tribune, a second wave of explosions touched off as 20,000 gallons of 115-octane fuel spilled out into San Leandro Creek and caught fire.

"We heard two explosions, close together, and looked down the hill," Menge said. "Oh Boy! Everything was red. The sky was red. Everything looked pretty horrible, pretty frightening - everything around 300 yards from the store was burning. I saw the guy in the phone booth. He had real courage."

The "guy in the phone booth" was Earl Davis, phoning in his initial report when the fuel line touched off and suddenly in the middle of a fireball. Davis lost all his hair, his clothes were burned from him, and he was burned over 70 percent of his body. Firefighters and town men rushed in, rolled him into a blanket and raced him to safety as fire engulfed Canyon Store and crowned in the grove of second-growth redwoods for which the town is known.

Capt. John Huff of the Moraga Fire Department said a fire engine sent out after the first explosion had just pulled away from the store when the gasoline went off. Three sheriff's cars, a 2 1/2 ton truck, Davis' car, a carry-all van and two other cars were aglow and burning. Another deputy was credited with saving the lives of several evacuees when the explosion went off virtually in front of his patrol car and he threw the car into reverse in an effort to escape the flames.

"His driving helped save us," said Sgt. H.E. Rellar afterwards. "We were going backwards about 50 mph trying to get away."

At the height of the blaze 50 officers and deputies from the California Highway Patrol, East Bay Regional Parks, Oakland police and Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department were on the scene.

It was found that the bomber's initial charge had torn a jagged four-foot-long hole in the fuel line, which only seconds before the bomb went off was fully pressurized as Shell pumped fuel to Oakland. Had the bomb detonated while the line was pressurized, investigators later said, the conflagration would have been "10 times worse."

Aftermath

As it was, the blast stunned locals and outsiders alike. The Canyon Store was a total loss with damage assessed in 1960's valuation at $50,000. Richard Rivind, a Canyon resident found wandering in a daze on Skyline Boulevard, was treated for shock and minor burns, telling police he was on a hillside and knocked to the ground when the blast went off. Sgt. H.E. Rellar, deputies Al Moore, Ken Sandy, Hans DeGraef and Ron Michener were all treated for burns at Kaiser Hospital in Walnut Creek.

Shell Oil offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the saboteur, officials noting that "oil facilities in the area have suffered four explosive attacks, two of which have involved Shell facilities."

Earl Davis, the 45-year-old Shell employee from Pleasant Hill, was the most severely injured of those caught in the Canyon fire that night. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital in San Francisco the night of the blast and listed in critical condition there for several days. Lamorinda Patch can find no subsequent report on his condition so, if you happen to know, we'd be grateful if you could clue us in.

As for the Canyon pipeline it was subsequently repaired and the vulnerable 25-foot section the bomber chose to make his attack was placed underground.

As this is written we do not know if the line is still utilized, or under which of our towns, if any, it is buried.


Cosette Ellison vanished in March, 1970, about a year after this blast. She was from Moraga. She was found very close to of Mt Diablo. "Ellison's body was found in a ravine off Morgan Territory Road, south of Clayton." Morgan Territory Rd was VERY CLOSE to the compass drawn on the Phillips 66 map by Z. (Also if you are interested, my Z POI that knew Cheri Bates and graduated with her also has used an address on Morgan Territiry rd).

This mystery 'blast' combined with the fact it was very near Cosette's home, seems of interest. I know there are suspects in her case, but this makes me wonder if Z really could have been involved.



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PostSubject: Re: Cosette Ellison   Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:42 am

Yeah... this one always interests me. Canyon by the way is a little area right outside of Moraga....back then and even now a lot of old hippie types live back there. It's a beautiful cool place, like a private retreat.
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PostSubject: Re: Cosette Ellison   Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:59 am

A little info on Canyon, CA.... outside of Moraga.

In the late 1960s Canyon became a center of political and social protest and creative alternative lifestyles. CANYON CINEMA of San Francisco was founded by neighbors here in the 1960s. Today’s residents still work together to maintain their own roads and water systems, and Canyon Community Association volunteers provide mediation services, emergency planning, and interface with county and state agencies. Much of the land beyond the community is owned by the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD).


http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBoQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FCanyon%2C_California&rct=j&q=canyon%20in%20moraga%2C%20CA&ei=JuOLTvKvDMixsAL1y5nVBQ&usg=AFQjCNE5Ttu5pxVAaUdcUQZMJ1V3TN4iDA&sig2=cGQL5eiLPo8fQDaxcZqpIw&cad=rja

The community is mainly traversed by PINEHURST Road and Canyon Road. The homes of the community are nestled amongst the steep, narrow private roads and footpaths that extend from the redwood groves and ferns along the creek, through the mixed live oak, bay, and madrone forests on the steep hillsides, up to the chaparral and knobcone PINES that grow along the ridge.
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PostSubject: Cosette Ellison   Fri Oct 07, 2011 6:27 pm

Cosette Ellison ( I hope I am not off topic again )
She was found nude 3-3 -70 Her death from what I have read, was undetermined.
I have always felt that she could have been a Z victim, not only because it was done in the Z Years ,but the area he was compelled to write about ( Mt Diablo ).
I have driven Morgan Territory rd many times in the past, a very pretty drive. I don't know as much about Cosette Ellison, as I do Elaine Davis.
She lived in my home town of Walnut creek , and had the same last name as I did. There were clues that her abductor/ killer , drove her towards Santa Cruz.
She was taken 3 months before Cosette, on 12-1-69
I think there were as many as 9 girls missing or found dead in the months of March. Six in 1970 alone.

Zodiac wrote two letters (that we know of) in the month of March , was on the 13th and 22nd 1971 The only victim who was killed on any of those letter dates, was Tonie Anstey one yr before, on March 13th 1970.
Even though she was not a Z victim as thought many, I find the 71 letter written one yr later too much of a coincidence.
My thoughts about Zodiac victims, is that there are many more than he has claimed. That he became too scared of being caught, to continue bragging about his murders.
Or that he wanted to keep his word , and not let anyone know when and who he has killed. My guess is that because we know he is a coward, it was that he is too scared.
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PostSubject: Re: Cosette Ellison   Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:01 pm

Here is a link to a Cosette Ellison/Moraga/ Morgan Territory Road etc. related post which I posted over at Zodiackillerfacts.com Oct 5, 2011, that might be of interest:

http://www.zodiackillerfacts.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=1305&start=10


Feel free to copy/past from that post if you like.
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PostSubject: Re: Cosette Ellison   Sat Oct 08, 2011 5:15 am

Theforeigner wrote:
Here is a link to a Cosette Ellison/Moraga/ Morgan Territory Road etc. related post which I posted over at Zodiackillerfacts.com Oct 5, 2011, that might be of interest:

http://www.zodiackillerfacts.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=1305&start=10


Feel free to copy/past from that post if you like.

Thanks Foreigner, and here is a link to the Zodiac/Bates POI that went to high school with Cheri Jo Bates, and wound up living in Vallejo. He also lived on Morgan Territory Rd at some point:
http://zodiackillersite.forummotion.com/t917-classmate-of-cheri-jo-bates-that-wound-up-living-in-vallejo
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PostSubject: Re: Cosette Ellison   Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:50 pm

VTH 3/27/1970
Articles from Sandy & Zam*

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PostSubject: Re: Cosette Ellison   Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:47 pm

Sandy & Zam @ The Library were else.

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PostSubject: Re: Cosette Ellison   Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:48 pm

Articles by Sandy & Zam*

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PostSubject: Re: Cosette Ellison   Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:49 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Cosette Ellison   Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:51 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Cosette Ellison   Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:53 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Cosette Ellison   Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:54 pm

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