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Juan Corona
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Murderer
    (February 7, 1934-March 4, 2019)
    Born in Autlán, Jalisco, Mexico
    Convicted of the murders of 25 migrant farm workers (1973)
    Conviction overturned on appeal on grounds of incompetent counsel (1978)
    Re-convicted on all 25 counts of murder (1982)
    Sentenced to 25 consecutive life terms
    He entered the US illegally (1950).
    After a flood in the Yuba City region, he suffered a nervous breakdown and became convinced everyone else had died and he was living in a land of ghosts (1955).
    His half-brother, Natividad, had him committed to a state mental hospital, where he was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.
    After three months of electric shock treatments, he was declared recovered, released from the hospital, and deported to Mexico.
    One of the farmers who contracted with him for field workers found a newly dug hole on his peach orchard (May 19, 1971); the next day, the hole had been filled in and the farmer contacted police, who dug up the body of a man who had been hacked to death with a machete.
    Police found receipts signed by Corona on the bodies of two of the victims they dug up.
    Police found weapons and a ledger that included the names of eight of the victims at Corona’s home.
    At his retrial, he tried to pin the crimes on his now-conveniently-deceased half-brother Natividad.
    His two trials combined as the most expensive single-defendant criminal case in California history.
    During a parole hearing, he admitted to the killings, calling the victims ‘winos’ who had been trespassing in the orchards (2011).
    A prosecutor commented, ‘He just doesn’t seem to realize that what he did was wrong.’
    He returned to the US legally (1962).
    Natividad had attacked a man who had rejected his sexual advances with a machete, so trying to pin the killings on him wasn’t such a bad strategy. (Although, considering that Natividad had been in Mexico when most of the killings took place, it wasn’t a great strategy, either.)
    He was stabbed 32 times in jail after bumping into another inmate in a corridor and failing to apologize (December 6, 1973).
    He lost an eye in another prison attack (1980).

Credit: C. Fishel


    For 2019, as of last week, Out of 104 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
 
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