California · Massacres/Mass Murder

Man kills young daughters, 3 in-laws, wife, and co-worker

April 14, 1989
Sonoma County, California
After learning his oldest daughter was not fathered by him, Ramón Salcido slashes his three daughters’ throats, then kills his wife, mother-in-law, 2 sisters-in-law, and a co-worker

Rámon wife Ángela (24 when she was murdered) had been pregnant when the two were married; Rámon assumed the child was his. Distraught after Ángela told him he was not Sofía’s biological father, Rámon began drinking and snorting cocaine. He then drove with his three daughters — Sofía (4), Carmina (3), and Teresa (22 months), pictured — to a county dump. Once at the dump, he slit the throats of all 3 girls and threw their bodies down an embankment. Sofía and Teresa died, but Carmina managed to survive; she was found 36 hours later.

After killing the children, Rámon went to his mother-in-law’s house, angry that she was aware of Sofía’s parentage. He killed Marion Louise Richards (47) and her 2 daughters, Ruth (12) and Maria (8), then went back to his home and killed his wife Ángela. Rámon then visited his work and killed co-worker Tracey Toovey (35), and finally drove to supervisor Ken Butti’s home, shooting and wounding Butti and attempting to shoot Butti’s wife Terri though his gun jammed.

At this point, Rámon considered suicide and called his mother to say goodbye. She begged him to return to her in Mexico to “see her one last time.” He did and was arrested in Mexico 6 days later. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 1990. Carmina was adopted by a family in Missouri and, despite her ordeal, was reported to have had a warm and friendly disposition. She has since written a book about her experience entitled Not Lost Forever: My Story of Survival.

WARNING: the next photo is of Carmina recovering in the hospital shortly after the attack, and may be disturbing to some readers.
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