Sacto 9-1-1
December 30, 2010
Ask Sacto 9-1-1: 2 teens who stabbed woman to death out of prison

Q: What happened to the two young girls that stabbed to death an 80-year-old woman in an Auburn apartment complex in the early '80s? I heard that one girl also stabbed a prison guard. - jimbob, Auburn

A: Shirley Wolf, then 14, and Cindy Collier, then 15, were convicted of the slaying of June 14, 1983, slaying of 85-year-old Anna Brackett.

The victim died in her condominium after being stabbed 28 times with a butcher knife. The death wound was 4 inches deep, authorities said.

Wolf and Collier each received an 8-year sentence in the California Youth Authority for the killing, The Bee reported.

Wolf was still in prison until at least the late 1990s after she assaulted guards, in one case stabbing a California Youth Authority supervisor. The supervisor survived the attack. She also tried to escape by ramming a stolen prison vehicle into a prison gate.

The Bee was unable to determine the current locations of Wolf and Collier, but they are no longer in the state prison system.

In 1983, Wolf told authorities that she and Collier picked out cars they liked at an Auburn apartment complex and then knocked on doors with numbers that matched the car stalls, asking for directions, for a glass of water or to use a phone.

Brackett answered their knock and chatted with the girls for three hours.

"Saw she was an old lady. Perfect car. Just a setup. We figured we'd kill her," Wolf told sheriff's deputies. Wolf said it was her "job" to hold down Brackett and kill her while Collier ransacked the house.

"She was telling me to stop," Wolf told sheriff's deputies. "That she was dying. And I turned and I go, 'Good.'"

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