The Murder of Cara Knott at the Hands of a CHP Officer

In 1986, Cara Evelyn Knott was a 20-year-old San Diego State University student, with her life ahead of her, just waiting. She was a vivacious, bubbly young woman and the stereotypical southern California girl — — blonde hair and a wide, beaming smile.

She was also responsible. So, on the night of December 27, 1986, when she didn’t return home from her boyfriend’s residence, her parents were immediately alerted. Cara’s father, Sam, drove between the Knott family home in El Cajon and her boyfriend’s place in Escondido, searching for his daughter’s white VW. In…