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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Joseph Famalaro, one of Orange County's most notorious murderers, was sentenced to death Friday by a Superior Court judge who spoke of the terror that his victim, Denise Huber, must have felt during the final moments of her life. "Just imagine what was going through her mind," Judge John J.
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NEWS
June 14, 1992 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the past two years, Rosie Alfaro has tried to block from her mind that murderous afternoon. She was high on drugs, so the memories are hazy anyway. Still, she can't help but remember little Autumn Wallace with her trusting smile. And how that innocent grin faded as she was stabbed to death. Alfaro can't recall if the little girl cried out in pain, or if she even said anything as her life ebbed away.
NEWS
May 4, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury took less than three hours Tuesday to find a teen-ager guilty of first-degree murder for orchestrating the 1992 New Year's Eve ambush slaying of high school honors student Stuart A. Tay. Robert Chan, 19, of Fullerton, a onetime candidate for valedictorian, now faces life in prison without parole for his role in Tay's death. The 17-year-old Orange resident was beaten with baseball bats, forced to swallow rubbing alcohol and then left to die in a shallow grave in a Buena Park back yard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1990 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When she was an 11-year-old girl with no place to go, Patti Bailey testified Monday, her brother-in-law took her into his home and talked of marrying her someday. Fondling soon followed, she said. At age 15, Bailey said, she and brother-in-law David Brown, then 31, began having sexual intercourse--usually once a week, while her sister was in the shower or out shopping.
NEWS
May 3, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
S uperior Court Judge Donald A. McCartin's eighth-floor courtroom in downtown Santa Ana has a peculiar notoriety: Two of the nation's most sensational trials played out there with shocking, oftentimes gruesome, revelations. In 1989, McCartin sentenced Long Beach serial killer Randy Kraft to death for the mutilation murders of 16 young men.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once a fixture in Orange County social circles, millionaire Newport Beach developer Jim Hood was denounced Friday as a threat to society and ordered to spend 29 years to life in prison for shooting a man authorities believe Hood hired to kill his wife. In a case that involved greed, illicit sex and murder, Hood was convicted in December of first-degree murder for the March 22, 1992, shooting of Bruce E. Beauchamp, a former construction worker employed by Hood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Millionaire Newport Beach developer James N. Hood was convicted Thursday of gunning down a former employee who prosecutors believe had earlier carried out orders to kill the boss' wife. In a murder case that had all the makings of a gritty film noir, a San Bernardino County Superior Court jury deliberated four days before finding Hood, 50, guilty of first-degree murder for the shooting death of construction worker Bruce E. Beauchamp.
NEWS
May 14, 1995 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A dozen doctors tried for a year to find out what was making Linda L. Curry ill, but numerous medical tests failed to identify the cause of the mystery illness that disabled her for days at a time. When Curry died on June 10, 1994, the doctors did not have a clue about what killed her. Instead of listing a cause of death, the death certificate said it was "pending investigation." "They came up with a lot of false leads and went down different paths," said Paul M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 1992 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cinnamon Brown, whose sensational murder of her stepmother at her father's urging in 1985 was the subject of two books and a made-for-TV miniseries, is free after serving eight years in a California Youth Authority facility. Brown, 21, was quietly paroled last week in a 2-1 vote by the CYA review board. Authorities said she is living in Orange County and preparing to take a clerical job.
MAGAZINE
February 3, 1991 | NANCY WRIDE and MATT LAIT, Nancy Wride and Matt Lait are Times staff writers in Orange County
SEPT. 12, 1986, SHORTLY AFTER 4 P.M. Two seventh-graders, Richard Bourassa and Jeffrey Bush, are playing after school. They are alone in the den of Richard's Anaheim Hills home, a pair of 13-year-olds training loaded guns on each other. The barrels touch. Suddenly, Richard later tells police, the 12-gauge shotgun in his arms goes off, spraying the room with buckshot. One pellet pierces the door. Another shatters the window. And several riddle Jeffrey's body and head.
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