Kristina Nelson, 21, and her stepsister Jacquelyn "Brandy" Miller, 18, were originally from Boise. They were living in Lewiston while attending Lewis-Clark State College. On the evening of Sept. 12, 1982, Nelson left a note in her apartment for her boyfriend, indicating that she and Brandy were going downtown to do some grocery shopping at the Safeway store. A possible route downtown would have ta
ken them by the Civic Theatre; Nelson had once worked there.
The Civic Theatre was preparing at the time to put on The Pirates of Penzance. Steven Pearsall, 35, who worked as a janitor there, had recently helped build a pirate ship that rolled on a dolly and included several ropes for actors, as pirates, to slide down. Steven's girlfriend dropped him off at the theater around midnight on Sept. 12. The theater was normally empty at that time, and Steven said he was going to do his laundry and practice his clarinet. Witnesses saw him enter the basement door. He was never seen a