The bones were discovered by construction workers who were repairing a road, just outside the campground. The skeletons were located under multiple layers of gravel and asphalt, suggesting that they were placed there during the construction of the road in the 1990s.
A preliminary examination of the bones has allowed the coroner to determine that the victims were all girls, aged approximately between 10 and 12 years old.
“A group of workers that were repairing a road, noticed some human bones when they began to excavate,” Sheriff Steve Freitas told reporters. “They rapidly called 911, and our officers arrived a few minutes later. Our forensic experts have unearthed a total of 13 bodies buried together, and we are now searching the area to see if there are more.”
Sheriff Freitas said the victims appeared to have been killed with knives or other similar weapons, but refused to give too much information, which could compromise the upcoming investigation.
Located in Monte Rio, California, the campground belongs to a private San Francisco-based men’s art club known as the Bohemian Club.
The club’s all-male membership and guest list includes artists, particularly musicians, as well as many prominent business leaders, government officials, senior media executives, and other people of power.
Former U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr. and Jr as well as Bill Clinton are known to have appeared in many of the club’s annual meetings. Other famous guests include the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan and actors Clint Eastwood and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Even Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth showed up in 1983.
Rumors and conspiracy theories have denounced for years, the annual gathering at the Grove. Many stories of wild homosexual orgies, male and female prostitutes being engaged in what can only be described as extreme sexual games, young children being exploited in unspeakable ways, up to and including cold-blooded ritual murder, have been associated with the site.
In 1989, a young man named Paul A. Bonacci, claimed that he had been kidnapped, flown to the Grove and forced into degrading sexual acts with other boys, by Republican leader Lawrence King, manager of the now defunct Franklin Community Federal Credit Union. The FBI raided Mr. King’s property and criminal charges were filed against him, but were finally dropped a few weeks later in what was largely seen as a political cover-up.
The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has dispatched over 60 officers on the site, to thoroughly search the area for any other bodies.
The bodies are presumed to have been buried there for at least 20 years, so the police investigation to identify the victims and find the killer could be extremely complicated.
The authorities clearly hope that the autopsies will provide more information, and help provide a lead to solve these horrible crimes.