Charges Filed in 32-Year-Old Kidnapping, Murder

A man has been charged in the 1988 kidnapping and killing of 9-year-old Michaela Garecht from a Hayward store parking lot, law enforcement officials announced Monday.

David Emery Misch, 59, is charged with murder and two special circumstances, including murder during the course of a kidnapping and having been convicted of a previous murder, according to Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley.

Misch is currently in Santa Rita Jail awaiting trial in a separate double murder case and has been in prison since 1989 on another murder conviction, O’Malley said at a news conference early this week.


  1. Makes you wonder if the Governor, with his death penalty moratorium, understands the real world…

  2. It seems to be his fourth murder in total. He was convicted in 1990 of murder and has been charged with two others in March of this year. These types of crimes don’t come out of nowhere. They are behaviors that are difficult to get rid of once they occur. Valerie Houghton has sex trafficked my kids TWICE. There are likely countless more victims.

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