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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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October 24, 1990 | From Associated Press
Former winery worker Ramon Salcido was lucid when he slashed the throats of his three daughters, left them to die at a dump, and then pondered killing more of his family, a prosecutor said Tuesday during closing arguments. "Before he even leaves the dump, he's thinking about his next victims," prosecutor Peter Bumerts told the jury of eight women and four men. Salcido, 29, has admitted killing seven people, including six family members, during the April, 1989, wine country rampage.
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November 2, 1991 | From Associated Press
After only one day of deliberation, a jury on Friday recommended the death penalty for Richard Farley, who admitted killing seven people while in a rage over unrequited love. As the judge read the verdict, Farley, who has remained unemotional throughout the trial, turned to his attorney, who patted him on his shoulder. Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Joseph F. Biafore Jr. will sentence Farley Jan. 17, after hearing a motion from the defense for modification of the sentence.
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June 7, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man described by authorities as a withdrawn loner was arrested Thursday in connection with the killings of six people, who were gunned down at close range at a local convenience store and a pizza parlor. Sacramento County Sheriff Glen Craig said Eric Royce Leonard, 22, who lives near both shooting scenes, was arrested at his apartment about 9 p.m. after ballistics experts identified a .25-caliber pistol owned by his father as the weapon used in all six of the killings.
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May 3, 1992 | DAN MORAIN and CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As dropout-turned-gunman Eric Houston spoke with authorities, this rural farming town struggled Saturday to make sense of why the brooding young man who liked guns now stands accused of turning his deadly anger on a popular high school teacher and on students he didn't know. Yuba County Sheriff Gary Tindel, speaking at a Saturday press conference, said Houston waived his right to a lawyer and was talking freely to detectives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1992 | From Associated Press
A man who said he would "smile for the cameras" if he went to the gas chamber did not flinch when a judge on Friday sentenced him to death for killing seven people in a rage blamed on unrequited love. But Richard Farley apologized in court for the slayings, which the judge described as "the equivalent of a holocaust." "I do feel sorry for the victims," Farley said unemotionally after explaining that he "wasn't the type" to show outward remorse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dozens of deputies fanned out across a Sacramento County neighborhood Monday afternoon, as a nationwide search continued for the suspect in the slayings of six family members. With few solid leads in a week, police planned to "go back to ground zero" in their hunt for Nikolay Soltys, said Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. James Lewis. "We're no closer to catching him than we were a week ago," Lewis said.
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May 19, 1993 | PETER H. KING
Maybe it is as written. Maybe you can't go home again. An alternative view is that you never truly leave. Though I moved away 20 years ago, this overgrown farm town still seems like home to me. I still keep watch on its changes and controversies--the news of Fresno, if you will--and also on certain people and places I knew as a boy. I still feel . . . connected. While I get needled sometimes for writing too many columns from here, I find Fresno a difficult dateline to resist.
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