Palmdale murder to be featured on Crime Stoppers Sunday

PALMDALE – It’s been more than 30 years since Palmdale resident and mother of three, Leslie Long, was robbed, kidnapped, raped, and murdered, in a crime that shook the city to its core.

Sunday night, authorities will ask the public to help solve the 1978 murder, via Crime Stoppers Case Files: Southern California.

The television show, which airs at 11 p.m., Sunday on KCAL 9, will feature a re-enactment of the crime, as well as interviews with members of Long’s family.

Viewers will hear from Long’s children, who are now grown, but were all under five at the time of the murder. Their father died just one year after their mother in a motorcycle accident.

Long’s children never spoke of their mother’s murder until recently, according to the show’s producers. The children were raised by their Aunt, whom they’ve always called “Mom.”

Many believed Long’s murder to be solved, since two prison escapees were linked to the crime for so many years. With DNA technology recently excluding both escapees, investigators are starting over and asking for the public’s help in solving the murder.

There is a $26,000 reward for anyone who provides information to help identify, arrest and convict those responsible for Long’s murder. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspects or any possible clues is asked to call Detective Schoonmaker at (323) 890-5579.