Deputy sheriffs and detectives in California's Yuba City have mounted a grisly search for victims of a mass murderer.
SCV Deputy Sheriff (2 shots)
SV Detectives digging (2 shots)
CU Sheriff Whiteaker speaking (SOF)
SV Still of arrested man under jacket
CU Corona still
GV Corona's Home
SV Detectives load tools into car (2 shots)
SV Man digging (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 5): SHERIFF: "The were several deep lacerations on the head of all of the victims, stab wounds in the chest area."
QUESTION: "About how long do you think they had been there?"
SHERIFF: "One as recent as 48 hours, others as long as two months."
QUESTION: "Had there even been so much as a hint prior to the time of this development?"
SHERIFF: "Nothing prior to last Thursday night."
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Background: Deputy sheriffs and detectives in California's Yuba City have mounted a grisly search for victims of a mass murderer. The hunt started after farm workers found a body buried in a shallow grave. By Wednesday, the deputies had uncovered a total of 12 graves.
Most of the victims are said to have been male farm workers. Sheriff Roy Whiteaker described the manner of their deaths:
Juan Corona, a 37-year-old Mexican-born local agent for migrant fruit pickers, was charged with murdering 10 of the 12 victims found so far.
SYNOPSIS: Another gruesome mass murder has come to light in California. The scene of the crime is a riverside orchard at Yuba City. A farm work discovered a body buried in a shallow grave. Detectives and Sheriff's Deputies moved into the area and by Wednesday had uncover another eleven bodies. All the victims were said to have been middle aged white men, apparently farm workers. Sheriff Roy Whiteaker, who leads the hunt, described the manner in which the victims had been killed.
Juan Corona, a thirty-seven-year-old Mexican-born agent for migrant fruit pickers, was charged on Wednesday for murdering ten of the twelve victims.
He lived in this house with his wife and four daughters. The Sheriff's office refused to say what had led to them to suspect Corona -- but at the time of the arrest they also took control of two tool boxes and a spade. Meanwhile, in the orchard the grisly hunt for further bodies has been continuing. The first of the victims was discovered on Monday when a Japanese-American farm worker stumbled on a freshly dug grave.