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Sierra Barter believes her step-grandfather may have been a serial killer.

“I remember my mom saying she Googled the Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders,” the 32-year-old told FOX News Digital. “She was freaking out about it. … And I thought, ‘This is too much. I can’t think about it right now.'”

“But maybe a few days later, I went and saw it, I really saw it,” she shared. “That shook me. It’s not fun to imagine that someone you spent time with, or someone you have a picture of, could have committed this type of crime. …I feel uneasy.”

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Sierra Barter has discovered a new side of her late step-grandfather, Jim Mordecai. (maximum)

A California woman’s quest to uncover the truth is explored in a new four-part documentary about Max, “The Truth About Jim.” The book details how Jim Mordecai, a respected high school teacher and star football player, had a history of alleged physical violence and sexual assault against women and girls. ing.

This documentary series includes interviews with Mordecai’s daughters, relatives, private investigators, and law enforcement.

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“The Truth About Jim” is available for streaming. (maximum)

Mordecai passed away in 2008 at the age of 67. Barter was 15 years old at the time. However, there have always been rumors about who Mordecai really is. And when Ms. Barter finally started asking her questions, she had no ready answers.

“After my father’s death, I learned the truth that caused my mother to live separately from my grandmother,” she said. “Then I started to understand why there was so much division in the family.”

Judy Mordecai gets out of her car at the storage facility.

In “The Truth About Jim,” Sierra Barter spoke to several women, including her grandmother, Judy Mordecai, who changed her last name. (maximum)

From an early age, Barter always knew that his mother, Shannon, hated Mordecai. She went a full ten years without speaking to her mother Judy, Mordecai’s third wife.

“It started with Sierra telling her family about Jim,” director Skye Borgman told FOX News Digital. “That’s when they confided in her about what an evil person he was to so many women. … Jim’s family was traumatized. … And it was painful to hear stories like that. But it was also very human and very courageous.”

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The documentary claims that Mordecai repeatedly raped one of his stepdaughters starting when she was 13 years old. Other family members and alleged victims claimed that the patriarch threatened them with threats and violence. Several women in the documentary claimed that Mordecai viciously bullied women and preyed on teenage girls.

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Several of Jim Mordecai’s accusers spoke out in the documentary. (maximum)

“It was difficult to sit with my grandma,” Barter admitted. “I’m very, very close to her. She’s always been the milk and cookies grandma…but it was hard to hear things like this about someone I love so much…but one… It was such an honor to get to know her as a woman of “understanding how strong she was and what she went through.”

“Hearing my aunt’s story had a huge impact on me,” Barter added. “At that moment, we were all glad to be free from the gym.… How did these women, the ones who dressed me up like a doll and made me laugh, do it behind closed doors?” It was painful to hear how they endured such suffering. It was heartbreaking. … It was shocking to hear what was taken from them at the hands of their father.”

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Sierra Barter looks at a photo of Jim Mordecai. (maximum)

Through conversations with loved ones, Barter discovers a disturbing connection between Mordecai and the Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders. At least seven unsolved murders involving young women occurred in the North Bay Area from 1972 to 1973. Two other suspects include serial killer Ted Bundy and the Zodiac Killer. Three of the victims were taken into custody and two remained in custody.

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Sierra Barter wondered if Jim Mordecai could be the Zodiac Killer. However, the documentary showed that there is no convincing evidence to support her claims. Barter still believes there may be a connection between Mordecai and the Santa Rosa hitchhiker murders. (maximum)

The documentary claims that Mordecai frequently tied up women and threatened to “throw them in a ditch.” He is also said to have threatened to kill one of his ex-wives when she asked for a divorce, saying, “If you try to get my daughters, I’ll cut your throat.”

Mordecai also kept a collection of cheap and random women’s jewelry.

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Sierra Barter said she was stunned by her family’s revelations. (maximum)

In the documentary, it is revealed that Barter turned over some of Mordecai’s personal items that may contain DNA to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation is still ongoing, the paper noted.

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Sierra Barter, Shannon Barter and Judy Mordecai look at knives in storage.

Sierra Barter, mother Shannon Barter (right), and grandmother Judy Mordecai (left) look at Jim Mordecai’s knife in storage. (maximum)

“These cases are very old,” Barter acknowledged. “There’s a lot of evidence that no longer exists. We need to follow up. A lot of people have died. But I still have hope. Maybe we can finally get some answers. ‘For these families. ”

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Sierra Barter drives around Santa Rosa. (maximum)

At one point in the documentary, Barter wondered if Mordecai could be the Zodiac Killer. The identity of the notorious killer who murdered at least five people in the 1960s remains unknown. However, the documentary showed that there was not enough convincing evidence linking Mordecai to the crime. Her theory is eventually unraveled.

In 2021, a team of experts investigating cold cases known as Case Breakers claimed that the Zodiac Killer was Gary Francis Post, who died in 2018. However, no one has been charged or identified in this murder.

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San Francisco police circulated a composite of the Bay Area’s “Zodiac Killer.” (Getty Images)

At the time, Fox News Digital contacted the Vallejo Police Department and the FBI, and attempts to reach Poste’s relatives were unsuccessful. San Francisco police said they could not discuss potential suspects in the Zodiac case because it is still under investigation.

Arthur Lee Allen was frequently cited as a suspect and died in 1992.

Barter is still waiting for answers. But she said she feels free from Mordecai and his shadow.

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Sierra standing next to two women at the ice rink.

After the documentary was released, Sierra Barter said, “I got my family back.” (maximum)

“I’m so happy to have my family back,” Barter said. “It’s not fun to see a family fall apart. …But I’m grateful that I don’t have to live with Jim lurking in the sphere anymore. …And I’m surrounded by a group of women who remind me that… I am so grateful that you are speaking out.

“There’s not much left of Jim’s childhood,” Barter recalled. “I can only assume that people who are hurt tend to hurt others too. But I don’t want to make excuses for him. There’s always an opportunity to get help, but he didn’t choose it. I I don’t know.” I think he felt powerless and that’s why he took out his anger on people and tried to take power away from them.

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Sierra Barter wants justice for the Santa Rosa hitchhiker murder victims. (maximum)

“But frankly, I’m not sure I want to know why. I’m grateful that these women are speaking out against him now. I can’t rest in the idea that it’s all of our fault that he was such a great man.” Know that he wasn’t. ”

“The Truth About Jim” is now streaming on Max.

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