One of California's most notorious mass murderers is dead. Juan Corona died of natural causes this morning at the age of 85. Corona killed 25 farm workers and buried the bodies in orchards along the Feather River in Sutter County. The bodies were found in 1971. Most had been hacked and/or stabbed. One had been shot. It was the largest number of deaths in a mass murder in the United States at the time.
Corona, a Yuba City farm labor contractor, had hired each of the dead men to work in the farms. He was convicted in 1973 and sentenced to 25 consecutive life sentences. Later that year, he was nearly killed in a prison stabbing attack at Vacaville that cost him his left eye. Corona was stabbed 32 times, but survived.
Corona was denied parole eight times, most recently in 2016.