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Any information on case of Sacramento woman killed by teenage neighbor in 1979?

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?

Shannon, Carmichael

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.

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.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy