August 26, 2001 |
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.
May 22, 1990 |
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.
August 10, 2000 |
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 |
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.
December 18, 1990 |
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.
July 12, 1993 |
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.
October 24, 1990 |
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.
November 2, 1991 |
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.
June 7, 1991 |
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.
May 3, 1992 |
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.