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January 29, 1993 | From Associated Press
A Fremont man apparently distraught over a breakup with his wife threw his 3-year-old daughter off the Golden Gate Bridge and then jumped over the side, authorities said Thursday. Steven Page, 35, was also believed to be connected with the death of his wife--Nancy Page, 37--earlier in the day, police said. The Coast Guard retrieved the bodies of Steven Page and his daughter from San Francisco Bay, said Shelly Freier, a Coast Guard spokeswoman.
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December 7, 1999 | Associated Press
Police chaplains have set up a trust fund to help pay for the funerals of five children and their father killed in a murder-suicide. Kao Xiong shot five of his seven children before turning a gun on himself Saturday afternoon. Two children, boys ages 14 and 9, escaped unharmed and are staying with relatives, police said. Mai Thao, Xiong's wife and the children's mother, was not home when the killings occurred.
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August 15, 1992 | From Associated Press
A gunman who killed three people at a nursery before taking his own life harbored a grudge over an insurance settlement resulting from an accident with the owners' daughter, the gunman's brother said. Mark Fredrick Cleaver, 40, burst into the house of Douglas and Junkjo Nakashima, owners of Nakashima Nurseries, early Thursday after throwing a dud grenade through a window and shooting off a lock, said Sheriff's Deputy Bill Cassara.
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December 5, 1999 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man armed with a shotgun and a rifle killed five of his children Saturday afternoon before fatally shooting himself in the head, authorities reported. Police said that Kao Xiong apparently opened fire on his children shortly after 4 p.m. inside the family's apartment on Fairfield Street. Investigators said that Xiong might have been arguing with his wife sometime before the shooting. She managed to escape injury, along with two other children.
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September 21, 1996 | From Associated Press
An emotionally troubled woman packed her three young children into the family station wagon and slammed into a high-voltage electric tower in what investigators are calling a murder-suicide. "At this point there's no other reasonable explanation," Alameda County Sheriff's Lt. Dave Hoig said Friday. The fiery crash occurred early Thursday.
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December 29, 1992 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man who was under court order to stay away from his family shot and killed two Richmond police officers, wounded his wife and 14-year-old son and then took his own life early Monday morning, police said. Both officers, who were wearing bulletproof vests, were shot in the head with a high-powered rifle as they reached the top of the stairs inside the two-story apartment where the family lived, said Richmond Police Sgt. Mike Pon.
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August 18, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man who killed a teen-age girl before taking his own life early this month may also have attacked four women in the foothills near Stanford University, police said. Robert Michel Christy, 28, shot himself to death in his car soon after killing 17-year-old Stephanie LeDoux in Rocklin on Aug. 3. Stanford police said he may have been the "foothill rapist," wanted for one rape and three rape attempts that appear to have been connected.
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November 10, 1992 | Associated Press
A man who killed six people in a weekend shooting spree and then killed himself had threatened violence, but friends didn't believe him because he was such a "nut," authorities said Monday. The killer also left a suicide note in which he wrote, "Damn the American family to hell." None of the verbal threats by Lynwood C. Drake, 48, were reported, said San Luis Obispo County sheriff's Sgt. Greg Beuer. The latest came Saturday, the day of the killings.
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December 5, 1999 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man armed with a shotgun and a rifle killed five of his children Saturday afternoon before fatally shooting himself in the head, authorities reported. Police said that Kao Xiong apparently opened fire on his children shortly after 4 p.m. inside the family's apartment on Fairfield Street. Investigators said that Xiong might have been arguing with his wife sometime before the shooting. She managed to escape injury, along with two other children.
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January 31, 1991 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Supreme Court, in an unusual "victims' rights" case, refused Wednesday to allow a lawsuit against authorities for allegedly breaking a promise to warn a former prosecutor who was killed by a man he had sent to prison decades ago. In a brief order, the justices let stand a trial court's dismissal of a wrongful death suit brought by the family of William O. Weissich, the Marin County district attorney from 1953 to 1960.
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November 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
The investigation of the apparent traffic deaths of a Reno couple has taken a dramatic turn, and authorities now believe that both victims were shot to death in a murder-suicide. Nevada County sheriff's investigators speculate that Roberto and Araceli Gallegos had an argument in their moving car and that, as he drove, Roberto Gallegos shot his pregnant wife several times before turning the handgun on himself.
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January 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
A trail of blood led to a man who police believe killed himself after murdering his three young sons and setting their apartment on fire, officials said Sunday. Bloodstains on a nearby chain-link fence and sidewalk marked the path to the body of Vasily Petrovich Losev, 45. He was found in a grassy lot Saturday, police said.
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July 13, 1998 | From Associated Press
A tense two-day standoff between a SWAT team and a murder suspect holding his two daughters captive at gunpoint ended late Saturday with all three dead. Carlos Joseph Ramirez, 22, had been holed up in his ex-girlfriend's house since about 6 a.m. Friday, apparently despondent over their troubled relationship. Negotiations were proceeding calmly until shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday, when Ramirez became hysterical, police said in a news conference early Sunday.
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October 4, 1997 | Associated Press
A Sacramento County man shot and killed his wife and then himself Thursday while their two small children were sleeping, officials said. Sheriff's investigators said 8-year-old Anthony Moreno called 911 after he heard the shots and discovered the bodies of his father, Tony Moreno, 31, and mother, Toni, 26, in the bedroom of their Antelope home. The boy and his 2-year-old sister were unharmed and were placed in the care of relatives.
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February 17, 1997 | From Reuters
An 83-year-old man shot and killed his 82-year-old wife inside a hospital here Sunday and then turned the gun on himself, officials said. The bizarre double shooting happened at Laurel Grove Hospital in Castro Valley, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department said. Sheriff's officials found both the man and woman slumped in wheelchairs. She was a patient at Laurel Grove, a rehabilitation center where she was being treated for a hip condition.
NEWS
September 21, 1996 | From Associated Press
An emotionally troubled woman packed her three young children into the family station wagon and slammed into a high-voltage electric tower in what investigators are calling a murder-suicide. "At this point there's no other reasonable explanation," Alameda County Sheriff's Lt. Dave Hoig said Friday. The fiery crash occurred early Thursday.
NEWS
November 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
The investigation of the apparent traffic deaths of a Reno couple has taken a dramatic turn, and authorities now believe that both victims were shot to death in a murder-suicide. Nevada County sheriff's investigators speculate that Roberto and Araceli Gallegos had an argument in their moving car and that, as he drove, Roberto Gallegos shot his pregnant wife several times before turning the handgun on himself.
NEWS
June 18, 1993 | Associated Press
A fire that killed one adult and two young children Thursday was an apparent murder-suicide, police said. The dead are believed to be a man and his two children, ages 4 months and 2 years, San Francisco radio station KCBS reported. Police Lt. Jim Long told the station that a woman and her two children lived in the house in the city's Ingleside district and that the woman had a restraining order against the children's father. The man came over and asked the woman to go to the store, Long said.
NEWS
July 12, 1993 | Associated Press
A man with a history of threatening his children killed himself and his young son and daughter Sunday after holding them hostage for nine hours, police said. Joel Dennis Souza, 35, of Antioch had barricaded himself and his children in the master bedroom of his wife's home at 4:15 a.m. His estranged wife, Jennifer Lee Souza, 34, apparently slipped out of the house and called police, saying her husband was armed and holding their two children hostage, police said.
NEWS
June 18, 1993 | Associated Press
A fire that killed one adult and two young children Thursday was an apparent murder-suicide, police said. The dead are believed to be a man and his two children, ages 4 months and 2 years, San Francisco radio station KCBS reported. Police Lt. Jim Long told the station that a woman and her two children lived in the house in the city's Ingleside district and that the woman had a restraining order against the children's father. The man came over and asked the woman to go to the store, Long said.
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