Authorities identify 17-year-old boy believed to be early victim of serial killer sitting on death row



Randy Steven Kraft, better known as the “Scorecard Killer,” has been on California‘s death row for decades, but that doesn’t mean investigators stopped suspecting him of other unadjudicated slayings.

Now, after 49 years, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has identified a teenage John Doe they believe died at his hands.

The slain boy is Michael Ray Schlicht, 17.

According to deputies, two people were off-roading on a fire road on Sept. 14, 1974, in unincorporated Laguna Hills, present-day Aliso Viejo. Investigators determined he died three to five days before from an accident due to alcohol and diazepam.

Michael Ray Schlicht, pictured at left, was identified as a possible early victim of Randy Steven Kraft, seen sitting in court in 1989. (Image of Schlicht: Orange County Sheriff

Michael Ray Schlicht, left, was identified as a possible early victim of Randy Steven Kraft, seen sitting in court in 1989. (Image of Schlicht: Orange County Sheriff’s Department; screenshot of Kraft: KNBC)

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