The Unsolved Murder of Linda Raulerson

Liz Jin
4 min readNov 19, 2022

She Did Everything the Killer Asked, and He Still Shot Her Anyway

Linda Raulerson was a beloved wife and grandmother; image source.

If you drive down Interstate 10 past Jacksonville, Florida, you’ll reach the quaint little town of Lake City. It’s a place where the locals know each other by name and rally together against injustice.

By way of example, recently, Lake City residents came to the defense of a fellow resident and blind veteran who was wrongfully arrested when his cane was mistaken for a gun. This truly is a town that has your back.

It’s no wonder, then, that the chilling murder of one of their own rocked this tight-knit community to its core.

Linda Raulerson went to work one day and never came home

Linda Raulerson was a clerk at the Joy American Food Store, and she loved her job. Everyone loved the friendly grandmother who treated customers like family.

Linda and her husband of 38 years, John; image source.

Linda wasn’t supposed to be working the night of July 22, 2008, but for whatever reason, she decided to take an extra shift. It would prove to be a deadly mistake.

Around 8:30 pm, surveillance video from the store showed a white Buick pull into the parking lot and a man getting out of the car. The man walked into the store and — completely unprovoked — shot Linda in the arm before demanding money.

The audio from the surveillance video recorded the man’s angry voice yelling repeatedly, “Open the drawer!” hurry up, give it up!” “Where’s the money? Where’s the money?”

A frightened Linda did precisely what the man asked. She immediately handed over all the money available. She even showed him the empty cash drawer, no doubt eager to cooperate out of fear for her life.

But Linda’s efforts were futile. Despite getting everything he asked for, the man ruthlessly shot Linda in the head and left her to die.

A community is left shattered

Linda’s husband and four grandchildren were left reeling from losing their beloved wife and grandmother. They weren’t the only ones…

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Liz Jin

“I wake up in the morning with a desire to both save the world and savor the world. That makes it hard to plan my day.”