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September 6, 2000 | From Associated Press
An unemployed cook stabbed his father, his grandmother, his girlfriend and her 3-year-old son to death after a family argument, but spared his own two young children, police said Tuesday. Richard R. Brown Jr., 27, used a kitchen knife to carry out the killings late Saturday or early Sunday, police said. Brown was arrested Monday night while driving back to the home where the slayings took place. He was surrounded by police when he came to a halt at a stop sign.
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July 24, 1990 | DAN MORAIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As jury selection began here Monday, Ramon Salcido wore the same seemingly emotionless look he had upon his arrest for the slaughter of his family in one of the most heinous crimes in California history. Salcido, 29, short, somewhat chubby and pale from being in jail for the past 15 months, was dressed in a gray pinstripe suit as the first 130 of 480 prospective jurors appeared in San Mateo County Superior Court.
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June 8, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
The arrest of a 22-year-old loner accused of killing six people for the thrill of it has ended months of fear and tension in the state capital. Eric R. Leonard was arrested Thursday night for investigation of the February slayings, in which on consecutive Tuesdays he killed three people at a convenience store and then three more at a pizza parlor. "I'm glad they caught him. That makes me happy.
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April 9, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The survivor among four gunmen felled by sheriff's deputies in Sacramento's dramatic hostage siege last week was arraigned Monday on 54 felony charges including three capital counts of first-degree murder. The legal proceedings took place in the intensive care unit of University Medical Center, where Loi Khac Nguyen, 21, of Sacramento was admitted with bullet wounds after the violent incident Thursday at a Good Guys electronics store.
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August 26, 2001 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just who is Nikolay Soltys and where has he gone? Suspected in the horrific murders of half a dozen family members in the suburbs of the California capital, the 27-year-old immigrant remains a cipher. To relatives who never saw the massacre coming, he is a savage enigma. To investigators fighting to catch him, he remains an elusive shadow.
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May 22, 1990 | From Associated Press
Sheriff's deputies investigating an assault report found the bodies of four apparent murder victims at a house in this community north of Modesto early Monday. The body of one man was found outside the rundown residence when Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies arrived shortly after 1 a.m. Three more bodies were found inside--two in the kitchen and one in the living room, Lt. Richard Breshears said. All of the victims were adults--three men and a woman, Breshears said.
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August 10, 2000 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A bizarre Marin County murder mystery involving the family of blues guitarist Elvin Bishop took a grisly turn Wednesday as authorities identified one of three dismembered bodies pulled from a Sacramento County river as that of Bishop's missing 22-year-old daughter. Since Monday, police divers have recovered eight gym bags containing what authorities say are the remains of Selina Bishop and an elderly Bay Area couple reported missing last week.
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May 27, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Five people--a couple and three children--were found slain in a rural Mendocino County home, police said. Authorities have not yet determined if all five were members of the same family, said Willits police spokeswoman Barbara Hahn. But she said the victims were a man, a woman, two elementary school-age children and a baby. Hahn would not confirm that the deaths were a result of a murder-suicide. "But we are not actively seeking a suspect at large," she added.
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December 18, 1990 | From Associated Press
A former winery worker was sentenced to death Monday for killing his wife, two daughters, mother-in-law, his wife's two young sisters and a co-worker in a wine-country rampage. Ramon Salcido's father-in-law, Robert Richards, called him a coward and tearfully asked for swift justice. Salcido, 29, was convicted on Oct. 30 of the April, 1989, murders.
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July 12, 1993 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK and CARLA NORTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES. Paddock, a Times staff writer, reported from San Francisco. Special correspondent Norton reported from Monterey
Dorothea Montalvo Puente might seem like "a grandmotherly figure," says prosecutor John O'Mara. But in reality, he contends, she is the nation's most prolific female serial murderer ever, "a cold, calculating" killer of tenants at her Sacramento boardinghouse.
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