48-Year-Old Cold Case Solved: The Homicide of Wendy Jo Halison

In 1968, 22-year-old art student Wendy Jo Halison was seen filling up her car at a gas station down the street from her house. The next day, her mangled body was found stuffed in the trunk of her car not far away. Her brutal homicide left her family completely devastated and without closure. That is, until the case was solved nearly 50 years later.

Beautiful and Bright: Wendy Jo Halison

Beautiful and Bright: Wendy Jo Halison

Wendy Jo Halison grew up in a Mid-City home in Los Angeles, California with her parents, her older sister Linda, and her poodle Pierre. Her father was a real estate agent and her mother a stay-at-home mom. She attended what is now Cal State Unversity Northridge for art. It is noted by Linda’s husband that “She had everything going for her,” and was a beautiful and bright young woman.

On the last Sunday that she was seen, Wendy saw an ad for a hair dryer that was on sale at Thrifty and asked her sister if she wanted to join her. Her sister’s answer may have changed the course of both of the young women’s lives forever.