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Crime Q&A: Was anyone arrested in ’84 Labor Day killings at Rancho Cordova office?

Q: In the early 1980s, two women were killed while at work on Horn Road. Was a suspect ever arrested?

Lynne, Rancho Cordova

A: Timothy Pride, a janitor, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for fatally stabbing two co-workers at Progressive Casualty Insurance in Rancho Cordova on Labor Day in 1984.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Kimele Speich, 29, and Catherine Keltner, 23, were at the office on the holiday to catch up on their work. Keltner sustained about 60 stab wounds and Speich, 19. Both women died of stab wounds to the heart.

Pride was described as a seemingly quiet and polite employee whose silence hid nearly 20 years of rapes and violence toward women. His criminal record reportedly began at the age of 14 or 15 with a rape and included dozens of arrests as a juvenile and adult for rapes, assaults, vehicle theft, robbery, parole violations and other felonies.

In October 1994, Pride, 41, was shot and killed by a guard at San Quentin Prison after he attacked another inmate.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy