Q: When I was young, around 1978-80, a lady on our street was murdered by her 15-year-old neighbor. Her name was Susan Talbot and she lived near Fruitridge and 65th Street. Any information would be appreciated. What happened to the boy?
A: A 15-year-old boy was arrested and booked into juvenile hall on a charge of murder in the June 1979 slaying of 63-year-old Susan Talbot.
The boy’s name was not released because of his age, and no information was found in The Sacramento Bee’s archive’s regarding the disposition of the case.
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Police said Talbot, who was stabbed in the throat and strangled, apparently walked into her home on 66th Street about 5:30 p.m. and surprised her assailant as he was committing a burglary, according to stories in The Bee.
A neighbor reported seeing Talbot working in her front yard 10 minutes before Talbot’s husband, a state library employee, arrived and found her dead on a bedroom floor.
Police said the assailant may have held a knife to Talbot’s neck and forced her into the bedroom, where he strangled her and then fled with stolen items.
There were no signs that Talbot, who was 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighed 108 pounds, had struggled with her assailant. Police said all the doors and windows in the house wee locked except the front door.