Ramon Salcido

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Ramon Salcido
Ramon Bojorquez Salcido

(1961-03-06) March 6, 1961 (age 57)
OccupationWinery worker
Criminal penaltySentenced to death
DateApril 14, 1989
Location(s)Sonoma and Cotati, California, United States
Ruger .22-caliber handgun

Ramón Bojórquez Salcido (born March 6, 1961 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico) is a convicted Mexican-American mass murderer and as of 2017 is on death row in California's San Quentin State Prison.[1]

He was convicted for the 1989 murders of seven people, including his wife and two of his daughters, four-year-old Sofía and 22-month-old Teresa. A third daughter, three-year-old Carmina, was left lying in a field beside the bodies of her sisters for 36 hours after being slashed across the throat by her father. She was rescued and later adopted by a family in Missouri.[2] In 2009, Carmina Salcido wrote a book, Not Lost Forever: My Story of Survival, about her experiences.[3][4]

The victims were killed in the cities of Sonoma and Cotati. Maria, Marion, and Ruth Richards were killed at a house at Lakewood Drive in Cotati, and Salcido's relatives and Toovey were killed in Sonoma.[5]


On April 14, 1989, after a night of drinking and snorting cocaine, Salcido slashed his daughters' throats; killing Sofia and Teresa, Carmina survived.[6] He then drove them to a county dump. Salcido then drove to Cotati, where he killed his mother-in-law and her two daughters. He then returned to his home in Boyes Hot Springs where he shot his wife, Angela Salcido. He then went to the Grand Cru winery, his place of employment, where he killed Tracey Toovey his coworker.[7]

Salcido fled after the killings to Mexico, via Calexico. He was arrested in Guasave, Mexico, on April 19, 1989. When arrested, Salcido told police that he committed the murders because he suspected his wife was having an affair with a coworker.[8][9]



Salcido's trial had been moved out of Sonoma County due to extensive news coverage of the case. On October 30, 1990, Salcido was found guilty by a jury of six counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. On November 16, 1990, Salcido was sentenced by a jury to the death penalty. Marteen Miller, Salcido's attorney, contended that his client was under the influence of cocaine and alcohol during the time of the slayings. The defense had sought a verdict of second-degree murder or manslaughter under the circumstance that the drugs had put Mr. Salcido in a state of psychotic depression when the rampage began.[6][10]


Investigation Discovery portrayed the Ramon Salcido case in the docudrama series "Evil I", episode: "Killer in the Sun", originally aired 2012.[11]

The investigative reporting series ABC's 20/20 features exclusive interviews with survivor Carmina Salcido, the episode is titled 'What Happened to Carmina", originally aired October 2009.[12][13]

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  1. ^ (CDCR), California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. "State of California Inmate Locator". inmatelocator.cdcr.ca.gov. Retrieved 28 March 2017. Enter (a) CDCR#: E79901 or (b) Last/First Name: Salcido, Ramon; to search for inmate
  2. ^ Daughter Confronts Ramon Salcido, Father Who Left Her for Dead
  3. ^ Salcido, Carmina; Jackson, Steve (2011). Not lost forever : my story of survival (1st ed.). New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 9780062044945. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Carmina Salcido to speak about her new book". Sonoma Valley Sun | Sonoma, CA. Sonoma Valley Sun Newspaper. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  5. ^ Petty, Bonnie. Cotati’s day of infamy lives on in new book, The Community Voice, October 22, 2009.
  6. ^ a b "KILLER OF 7 GETS PENALTY OF DEATH". New York Times. November 17, 1990. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  7. ^ Salcido tape tells how murder rampage began, 'Los Angeles Times, September 16, 1989.
  8. ^ Man wanted in killing of 7 is arrested in Mexico, New York Times, April 20, 1989.
  9. ^ "Carmina Salcido discharged from hospital". UPI. SANTA ROSA, Calif: United Press International, Inc. 10 May 1989. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  10. ^ Egelko, Bob (1 July 2008). "Death penalty upheld for man who killed family". SFGate. SONOMA COUNTY, CA: Hearst Communications, Inc. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Episode Guide : Evil I : Killer in the Sun". Investigation Discovery. Discovery Communications, LLC. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Sonoma County murder spree survivor Carmina Salcido appears on 20/20". ABC7 San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO, CA. 16 October 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  13. ^ "20 20 On Id What Happened To Carmina". World News. Retrieved 28 March 2017.

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