Yuba City, California, has become the scene of the biggest multiple murder in modern United States history.
SV Men digging in orchards (2 shots).
GV Yuba City street scenes (3 shots)
CU Newspapers headlines (2 shots)
SCU Male resident being interviewed...
SCU Woman resident being interviewed...
CU 2nd woman talking
SV PAN digging machine drives past police car.
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 4: MAN: "He was so like an oddball to me when I first met him. And I still think he is. All these things have happened round here lately. I don't know whether it's true or not -- whether he would be able to do something like this or not".
SEQ 5: WOMAN: "Well, I was very surprised. Of course, I know we all were. And I still keep thinking maybe he isn't guilty because we haven't heard the evidence yet, so I'm going to wait for that".
SEQ 6: 2nd WOMAN: "I'm just horrified -- a little scared, too. You just don't think these sort of things happen in small towns. It's just that we always hear about it happening in the city".
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Background: Yuba City, California, has become the scene of the biggest multiple murder in modern United States history. Yesterday (Thursday), the number of murder victims found buried in orchard land near the small farming town reached 15. At the same time, police moved in heavy digging equipment to assist their search -- and the murder toll has since risen to 20.
Most of the victims seem to have been itinerant farm workers -- drifters without friends whose disappearance could pass without notice in Yuba City. But the townspeople are free with their opinions about Juan Corona, the local man charged with 10 of the murders.
SYNOPSIS: They call it the Orchard of Death this farming land near Yuba City, California, where the biggest multiple murder in recent United States history has been uncovered. By Thursday, fifteen murder victims had been discovered buried in shallow graves.
All the victims seemed to be itinerant farm workers -- solitary drifters whose disappearance could pass unnoticed even in a small town like Yuba City. Despite the magnitude of the crime, the local newspaper played the story down. To the townspeople, the victims are faceless strangers. But they're free with their opinions about Juan Corona, the local man charged with ten of the murders.
Later on Thursday, the police moved in heavy digging equipment to help in their macabre search. And the murder toll had soon risen to twenty people.