Santa Cruz is known for it's hauntings. There is a story of a woman in white, of haunted train tracks, haunted buildings and cursed burial sites.
In the 70's Santa was the unfortunate location of several serial killers, including Edmund Kemper, Herbert Mullin, and David Joseph Carpenter also known as the "trailside killer".
Another noted criminal was John Linley Frazier who murdered the Ohta family in Soquel in October of 1970.
Edmund Kemper was known to spend time at the Jury Room Bar and befriended the very police that were working on his murders.