The Righteous Brothers in the 1960s. Photo: Pinterest
The Righteous Brothers in the 1960s. Photo: Pinterest

For 40 years law enforcement authorities have tried to track down the killer of the ex-wife of Bill Medley, the bass-baritone star of the famed music duo “The Righteous Brothers.”

On Monday the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says deputies will reveal the name of the killer, having solved the 1976 murder mystery through the use of DNA.

The 32-year-old Karen Klaas, who had remarried, dropped off her 4-year-old child by her new husband at day care on Jan. 30, 1976, and went to her Hermosa Beach home, according to the sheriff’s department.

Neighbors — concerned when they could not contact her — called police, and she was found dead in the home. She had been choked, beaten and raped, according to the sheriff’s department said. She died several days later.

A man was seen leaving her home around the time of the crime, but her killer was not found. Her husband was ruled out as a suspect, sheriff’s officials said.

More details about the solving of the case will be revealed at a news conference Monday at the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles. Sheriff Jim McDonnell and District Attorney Jackie Lacey are expected to attend, along with sheriff’s and police investigators and members of Klaas’ family.

Medley, now 76, was known for a number of hits with singing partner Bobby Hatfield. Hatfield died in 2003. One of the Righteous Brothers biggest hits was “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” in 1989.

–City News Service

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