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Hundreds Of Sightings Checked But Still No Hard Leads

April 17, 1989

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) _ A winery worker sought in the killings of his wife, two daughters and four other people was an angry, jealous man who spied on his wife and had threatened ″to blow her head off,″ a friend said.

Ramon Salcido, 28, was so possessive of his wife that he drove home from work several times a day to check on her, said Richard Clark, Salcido’s next- door neighbor in Boyes Hot Springs and friend.

Authorities on Sunday concentrated their search for Salcido north of San Francisco and alerted the U.S. Border Patrol, fearing he could head for his native Mexico.

″The cost of this is substantial, but we’ll pay anything to get this man into custody,″ said Sonoma County Sheriff Richard Michaelsen. ″His acts are those of a totally insane person.″

On Sunday, the owners of the Grand Cru Winery where Salcido worked as a forklift operator offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

″These atrocities have caused fear and terror to invade an area known for its beauty and hospitality,″ Walter and Bettina Dreyer said in a statement.

On Friday, officers discovered the bodies of Salcido’s 24-year-old wife, Angela, at their home; his mother-in-law and her two young daughters at their home in Cotati; and a winery co-worker. The girls had been raped and sodomized, and one was nearly decapitated, authorities said.

The next day, the bodies of two of Salcido’s daughters were found at a dump with their throats slashed. The throat of his 3-year-old daughter, Carmina, also was cut but she survived and told police her father had done the slashings.

On Tuesday, only three days before her death, his wife learned he had been married before and had another child born only a short time before their own oldest daughter, the Los Angeles Times reported today.

After learning of her husband’s other life, Mrs. Salcido said she wanted to leave him, the newspaper said.

‴Now I can get an annulment,‴ next-door neighbor Steve Nielsen quoted Mrs. Salcido as saying.

Salcido also was a regular seller and user of cocaine and possibly amphetamines, the Times reported, quoting several of his acquaintances it did not indentify by name.

On Thursday night, Salcido stayed out drinking until 2 a.m., then snorted cocaine with a friend, the newspaper said.

Sheriff’s investigators said detectives had no information that Salcido sold drugs.

Clark described Salcido as being extremely jealous. ″Anybody who was higher up than him or if he had a nicer car than he did - he didn’t like that. He wanted to be No. 1,″ Clark said.

He also said the Salcidos had recently begun arguing loudly.

Once, he said, he heard Mrs. Salcido, an aspiring model, cry out, ″Living with you is like living in jail 3/8 You won’t let me go out 3/8″

″I could hear them yelling. ... I guess I knew (the killings) were coming. I heard him say, ’I’m going to blow your head off,‴ Clark said.

″He blew up - I had a feeling he would,″ said Clark. ″He told me he had a gun and he was ready to use it if he ever needed.″

Salcido also was upset recently because he was served papers ordering him to pay nearly $6,000 in overdue child support and to make monthly payments of $511 for a 4-year-old daughter in Fresno, Clark said.

Despite reports of Salcido’s having problems at work, his boss, Dreyer, remembered him as ″very cooperative″ and ″quick to please.″

″He never caused any problems for anybody,″ said Warren Brunhagen, a patron at McNeilly’s bar in Boyes Hot Springs, where Salcido was a regular customer.

″If we had had 30 bar patrons like Ramon, there’d be no problems.″

Investigators still have not determined a motive for the slayings and haven’t worked out their sequence, Michaelsen said.

″We hope the young daughter of the suspect can put some light on it,″ the sheriff said.

Money and gifts poured into a hospital where Carmina was recovering from surgery.

″I’ve been told she’ll make a full recovery. It was reported to me her vocal cords were not cut,″ Michaelsen said.

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