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Carmina Salcido: A Victim Survivor Exploiting a Horror?
Carmina Salcido, daughter of Ramon Salcido (now on death row), was born in 1986 and at the time of the gruesome murders Ramon committed out of a drug induced jealousy frenzy, she was barely three years old. Once the murders hit the news, it was all over national coverage via CNN, CBS etc. Not only had the horrendous acts been committed to innocent people and little girls (Carmina's older siblings), but somehow, in 1989, he got in his car and drove to the Mexican border, ditched the car, then walked across the border with gun in his pocket, got on a local bus and traveled unmolested by authorities until reaching his hometown!
This is not about Ramon.
Once it was all over, Carmina, the sole survivor of a throat slashing by a Dad-gone-bad, the Court sent Carmina to a foster home in the Midwest with a new identity. She lived there normally until she told and became an adult. She remains a definite victim with the scintilla of memory about her dad driving the three girls around Sonoma County after the killing of their mom and family members, asking basic questions to her dad, and then events leading up to the throat slash that missed a main artery by millimeters. She recalls laying in the ditch with her dead sisters.
From this event, she has written a book with another writer. At age 3 yrs., how much does she, or anyone, really remember? I think some can recall some events at that early age, bits and pieces, I know I can, but surely not enough to fill more than few pages at best. Yet, we have a whole book. How much of those early times is really true and not mixed with fiction or misplaced items? Hard to tell. How much of it is based upon what she had read or heard when she was much older?
Sure, she has everyone's sympathy, but is her book really a cleansing thing for her or is it really to cash in? Maybe prep us for the American Idol? Even partially? It won't be the first time this sort of thing was done.
As to American Idol, Carmina can sing. She is focused on opera in style. No doubt, she will be the hidden star for the show when it begins again and when Carmina is introduced, you can be sure the lead headline will be the mass murder event she survived. Will the judges be really impartial, knowing the history of this contestant? Will they feel such empathy to cloud their artistic judgement? Think about it. What if Carmina wins!? Talk about a PR boom for the network, the show and Carmina.
One cannot blame Carmina for trying.