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QUESTION: What happened to the man that killed his wife, his mother and two of his three daughters? One daughter was found in a landfill with her throat slashed but survived. I believe this occurred in Santa Rosa. He was high on drugs and was convicted of the murders and sentenced, possibly to death. These horrible murders occurred I believe in 1988 or sometime near.
Submitted by: Sharon, Sacramento
ANSWER: Ramon Salcido was sentenced to death for the slaying of seven people, including his wife and two daughters, during a killing spree April 14, 1989 in Sonoma County.
A jury found him guilty of first-degree murder with special circumstances. Now 52 years old, he remains on death row at San Quentin State Prison.
According to stories in The Bee, Salcido, who had been drinking and doing drugs, slashed the throats of his three daughters Sofia, 4, Teresa, 22 months, and Carmina, 3 months, and dumped them in a Petaluma quarry.
He then killed his mother-in-law, Marian Louise Richards, 47, and her daughters, Ruth 12, and Marie, 8, before shooting and bludgeoning his wife, Angela, 24, in the couple's Boyes Hot Springs duplex. Finally, Salcido drove to Glen Ellen and fatally shot his boss at Gran Cru winery, Tracey Toovey, 35.
He also shot another worker, who survived, and tried to shoot another person, but the gun jammed.
Salcido's daughter Carmina survived and was adopted by a couple in Missouri. In 2009, she told her story in a book, "Not Lost Forever: My Story of Survival."
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