Kevin Janson Neal and his wife lived at the end of the road, at the bottom of a ravine, in a battered baby-blue trailer home with a front yard full of broken-down cars, abandoned television sets and assorted other trash.
The only way inside: a makeshift wooden gangplank leading to the back door. Described as delusional by family members, Neal draped a giant metal awning across the front of the house as if to armor himself from the outside world.
“It’s about paranoia, I think,” said Gregg Cohen, the Tehama County district attorney.
Neighbors said Neal turned unpaved Bobcat Lane into a nonstop nightmare. He taunted them, fired guns at them and then called law enforcement to accuse them of running a methamphetamine lab – a charge that appears to have been unfounded, according to Cohen and other law enforcement officials.
Then he unleashed his hellish worldview on the rest of Rancho Tehama Reserve. On Monday he murdered his wife, Barbara Anne Neal, and buried her beneath the floor of their home. The next morning, wearing a military vest and