With Tidsbury's encouragement, Holmes decided to ask Murrin some questions. On
January 5, he and a pair of hefty friends showed up at Murrin's place with a
tire iron. Murrin tried to scare them off with a .22-calibre rifle, but Holmes,
who had been negotiating to buy the gun from Murrin, knew it wasn't loaded.
Murrin was knocked on the back of the head, thrown down his stairs, tossed in
the back of a waiting pickup and driven to Mission Creek Park. The bridge over
the creek was gated and locked, so they hoisted Murrin over the fence and let
him drop six feet onto the concrete on the far side.