I've been trying to chase down why Phillip Thompson was looked at other than retaliation for ratting on his friend. Found this article very interesting as the murder described was once connected to the zodiac killer, and the real killer was once connected to the keddie murders. Also air strips and south American gun/drug trade...phew. www.oregonlive.com/oregonianextra/2008/04/a_long_wait_for_justice.html
We don't know because we've never seen an interview with Karl nor statements made by him. The PON list states that Doug Albin said he looked like one of the composites. He, like Frank Davis, had moved out of Keddie the first of March. He moved from Keddie to Lawrence Street, but while living in Keddie had the Sharps house practically in his backyard. The cabins to the side and back of the Sharps were:
#13- Frank Davis moved out March 1, 1981 (thrown out of Keddie because of drugs)
#14- Tom and Vivian Schmid (Tom saw a female doing dishes and was up unil 2:00am)
# 15 Karl Kautzer and Michelle Matsosich moved out March 1, 1981 (friend of Frank Davis)
# 16 Mike Plyer and Barbara Martens (heard a scream)
#17 Vickie Krois (Her boyfriend lived in Idaho and drove a white and green blazer)
Frank Davis told the police that Dana used to visit the people who lived in #16 before Mike Plyer moved in (January 1981). So Frank knew Dana well enough to know he had visited the people living 3 cabins down from him. The Keddie roster does not list who lived in #16 prior to Mike Plyer but I bet the Albins knew.
In the 1986 report Karl is listed as one of three suspects whose prints are to be resubmitted for new testing yet we have nothing in the info we have that would explain why - but I'm sure the police know.
As for Frank involved in a murder, from memory I think the murder happened when he was younger and he supposedly went to some guy's house with a friend and the friend shot the guy- but I'll try to find that story to be sure.