Polly Klaas

Real Name: Polly Hannah Klaas
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Petaluma, California
Date: October 1, 1993


Details: On October 1, 1993, twelve-year-old Polly Klaas was abducted from her Petaluma home at knifepoint from her mother's house, where she was hosting a slumber party. She was never seen again.

Suspects: Polly's friends that were at the slumber party were helped by police sketch artist Jeanne Boylan in making a composite of her abductor.

Richard Allen Davis

Extra Notes: This case first aired on the October 2, 1994 episode focusing on Jeanne Boylan, who helped solve it. It was also documented on The FBI Files and Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case.
Results: Solved. Two months after Polly's disappearance, Richard Allen Davis was arrested and charged with her murder, mainly because of the composite sketch. He led police to her remains, was tried, convicted of her murder, and sentenced to death. The case made national news when actress Winona Ryder, who grew up in Petaluma, helped bring it to the forefront while the search was ongoing. After Davis' conviction, Ryder starred in a film version of Little Women, which had been Polly's favorite book, and dedicated it to her, handing over all her profits from her work to missing child charities and the Klaas family.