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For first-rate editing, design and consulting work, contact Joel Davis at or call/text 916-802-8563..After 32 years from date of crimes, Hirschfield sentenced to death for kidnapping and murdering John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves...Order your book 'Chere and get it shipped Priority Mail with a bookmark signed by the author...


Author's view on trial, case

Author's Update on Murders' 30th Anniversary

Link to Hirschfield Case History Since His 2004 Arrest


ISBN 0-9741603-0-X

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On Dec. 20, 1980 – the weekend of the winter solstice – UC Davis freshmen John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves, the All American Couple in a quaint California university town, were abducted after working as ushers at a local children’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Their bodies were found two days later in a ditch east of Sacramento.

The murders remain the most shocking crime in the history of Davis — and profoundly influenced the lives of hundreds of people. Writer/college journalism lecturer Joel Davis, a Davis native who was a year behind John Riggins at Davis High School, unravels the complex, compelling story by drawing on court documents and exclusive interviews with key investigators, family and friends of the victims, even suspects who were charged with the murders.


"If it wasn't for Joel Davis, Richard Hirschfield might be a free man, out on the streets, not locked up in the Sacramento County Main Jail awaiting trial for murder with special circumstances."
— Sam Whiting
San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, March. 20, 2006


"Meticulously researched and highly readable...In this most gripping of true-crime stories, Joel Davis concluded that while there may be answers -- brutal and nightmarish ones -- there is no closure. Justice still waits."
— William Endicott
Sacramento Bee book review, Nov. 13, 2005


     " 'Justice Waits’ is the gripping true-crime story of a horrific double-murder that changed an entire town. Joel Davis’ dogged investigation and perseverance propels the story and prompted the long-dormant case to be reopened. Davis writes with the skill, compassion and soul of a spellbinding storyteller.”
— Gary B. Pruitt
Chairman, CEO and President of The McClatchy Co.

(Parent company of The Sacramento, Modesto and Fresno Bees)

Joel Davis' "insider point of view--as an acquaintance of one of the victims and as a young man in the city of Davis at the time--makes his storytelling take on an immediacy that's missing from most books in the true-crime genre."
— Kel Munger
Sacramento News & Review


'"Justice Waits: The UC Davis Sweetheart Murders'  is gripping and gutsy reportage."
— Dan Barnett
Chico Enterprise-Record


"A well-reported and compellingly written account of a crime Davis will never forget.”
— Bob Dunning
The Davis Enterprise









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