ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Ramon Salcido: A Ruthless Killer or ?

Updated on January 22, 2010

 Nothing can be said or done to defend the numerous murders Ramon Salcido did in 1989 in Sonoma County, California, not far from Santa Rosa. What happened, happened. He killed his wife, two of the three small daughters, he then went on to kill others before fleeing to Mexico in a  car via back roads until reaching the border area where he ditched the car and walked across with a mass of other people. Hopped on a bus, a very  crowded bus, where he could only stand, and despite the fact that his jacket had blood stains on it and a gun handle protruded out of his jacket, ont one person question him about it. Nada. Por que? Probably because people were afraid to get involved. But, they did notice it. Of course, by this time, authorities from the US and Mexico were watching for him around his home town. He knew they were. It was as if he wanted to get caught by going home.

Once on the airplane heading back to the US, he was asked why he did it, he chuckled a no answer, for he had none. On film, it appears as if he was a cold blooded killer. I mean, he laughed. He seemed to enjoyed his noteriety, it was the one time in his life that he felt important and movie star. His chuckle when asked was not because he enjoyed killing, it was a reaction that many have when they are in serious trouble. He acted smug about what he did because that is how he dealt with such things long before this point.

Unlike most who have disasters in their lives, Ramon simmered before the horrific event and then exploded in a rage. Many personal events led up to this: he lost his job that supported his family, his wife no longer honored him, his wife was planning to leave him, inter family issues heightened this stew, things like, Ramon was a jealous guy by nature, about his wife, about other guys looking at her, about her wanting to be a model, he was insecure having been a migrant worker who married a beautiful white woman who could do better elsewhere. He knew this. He had lucked out and perhaps tamed her (in a sense) by keeping her pregnant, thus, forcing her to stay at home and away from what she wanted to become.

As far as we know, Ramon had no prior arrests. He was a good employee up to a point in time, for he worked for his wages, which he thought were good, a guy with little education from Mexico. He was not illegal or a wetback. He was a likable guy obviously until events in his life went from not so bad to bad to worse. A downward spiral of events he had little control and along the way he lost his pride. As the events happened, his anger grew worse. Anger at anyone that was better than he was. There probably were family issues regarding the in-laws who lived near Santa Rosa, maybe they did not want their daughter marrying a Mexican. Maybe he never was really welcomed, maybe these issues were voiced between Ramon and his wife or between Ramon and her parents. There may have been some "bad blood" between them all under a veneer of pleasantries. This is not atypical. This would explain why Ramon deliberately drove to their home after killing his wife and kids to seek a revenge.

All of these simmering feelings existed before Ramon exploded. He was able to keep them in check like most people. Ramon crossed the line into a murderer with the help of a lot of alcohol (tequila and champagne) he consumed with his friends at a local bar. As if this was not enough, he and his friends did several lines of coke just before he left to walk home. Up to this point, all Ramon was a wasted guy drowning himself away from the financial and marriage problems on the horizon. He knew finding another job would be hard. He knew his wife was not happy and she was sick of being a "housewife" and sought a career in modeling. He knew she probably would leave him. Being possessive, this really angered him.

Then, he arrived home in the early AM, when most are asleep. He walked into their room. He was just hoping to crash and sleep the day away. Yet, his wife was not there. Timing is everything in life, and here, his wife had left early, before the kids awoke, to withdraw money from a nearby ATM. While she was there, he had returned home. As he told me, "I just lost it". Ramon's rage, which had simmered for sometime, erupted in every sense of horror. It was then, his wife returned and the confrontation occurred in the kitchen ending in a bloody mess which ended her life. When I asked him why he killed his kids, he gave no answer. He only dropped his head and fought back tears through that tough, macho veneer that protected him. He did it because he did not want anyone else to raise them, have them, they were his. Luckily, Carmina survived.

Ramon's rage in the kitchen was a reaction and barely controllable. He went into a controlled rage as evidenced by his ability to drive a car all over Sonoma County without drawing any attention to himself whatsover. Pretty remarkable because he drove on back and not so back roads and no doubt must have passed at least one police car!

Jealousy and possessiveness can be so detrimental if unchecked and personal problems only add to the explosive nature that this mix can have. Ramon, after his arrest, acted as he did because he was for the first time, in the limelight, he was a star. He was wanted. He felt important. His smirks or chuckles are just a reaction, a sort of protection from the horror he caused. It makes it easier for him to deal with it. No parent, not even Ramon, can honestly say they enjoyed killing their children. Rage causes one to do many unbelievable things.

When Carmina and her father finally met recently in San Quentin Prison, it was odd. It was a circus with cameras, media, no privacy. Ramon played as if nothing had happened. He was smiling probably because he was seeing his only daughter. Carmina expected some sort of apology. Ramon's character returned to the chuckle, smug reactions that the media's impact have on him. While an apology might help Carmina in some way, that expectation really does nothing  more. It would never make things right between them. She would never really forgive her dad. There could never be any sort of "normal" relationship. So, it really is just a moot point.

Deep inside, I am sure Ramon regrets what he did. He was and maybe now, just a normal person that personal demons took control of in 1989, via possessiveness and jealousy, which events elevated into a uncontrollable rage ruining the lives of many family members.

Does he deserve to die? Yes. That is why he is on death row. Will God forgive him? I doubt it.

 

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Pollyannalana profile image

      Pollyannalana 

      6 years ago from US

      God would forgive him of course if he were really ever sorry. Too bad he couldn't think what his controlling would cost him. If all people like this would just have a plan two. But they don't.

    • profile image

      angry mother 

      7 years ago

      KILL THAT MAN AND GET IT OVER WITH STOP WASTING TAX PAYERS MONEY HE DONT DESERVE TO WALK THE SAME PLANET OR BREATH R AIR.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)