Written By Chandler Vaughn

    BARSTOW, Calif. – The above composite sketch is the likeness of a young girl who was murdered and barbarically decapitated in February 2010. Who is she? And how did she end up in Barstow?

    JANE DOE – She is now known as “San Bernardino Jane Doe (Feb 2010)”.

    HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN DESERT- In February 2010, a man hunting for aluminum cans came across a backpack on Lenwood Road, a dusty desert byway in Barstow, just off California’s Interstate 15 near State Route 58.  He picked up the backpack (shown below) and opened it to find the severed head of a teenage girl wrapped in two plastic grocery bags.

    Barstow Police were called to the scene.

    SAN BERNARDINO JANE DOE (FEB 2010) – Did you know her?

    The girl was estimated to be 14-19 years of age.

    • She was Latina or possibly Caucasian.
    • Her hair was brown.
    • She had been deceased for around three days before she was discovered by the roadside.
    • Extensive dental work present in her mouth indicates she was fairly well taken care.

    SKETCH OF VICTIM– A composite sketch of what the young Jane Doe may have looked like was released by authorities. The remaining parts of her body were never found, so a height and weight couldn’t be determined.

      San Bernardino Jane Doe Feb 2010

    UNIDENTIFIED / UNSOLVED – Jane Doe’s murder and identity remain unsolved.

    BARSTOW POLICE- If you have information on the identity of San Bernardino Jane Doe Feb 2010, please call the Barstow Police at 760-255-5134.

    • 1-800-78-CRIME to leave an anonymous tip.
    • 1-800-222-FIND
    • www.wetip.com to leave an anonymous tip.

    Rest in Eternal Peace Jane…God Be With You…True Love Never Dies

    Written by Chandler Vaughn. Contact:chandlerzone@gmail.com


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  • Joaquin Murrieta: California’s Injustice

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    May 14, 2014 /  California True Crime History

    murrieta flyer   Written by Chandler Vaughn

    California Justice has come a long way since the harsh, drunken reality of the Gold Rush.

    In 1850, as California was given it’s statehood, laws were being established, but enforcement was crude and uncivilized. As barbaric and greedy as gold miners and Mexican banditos were known to be, so too were the posses used to enforce the new laws and bring in the outlaws. Such was the case in 1853, when the State Legislature signed a bill to fund the capture of “The Five Joaquins”.

    Joaquin Murrieta: California’s Injustice: 161 years ago, Mexican-American immigrant, Joaquin Murrieta and his associate, Manual Garcia, aka. “Three Finger Jack”, were killed and dismembered by the “California Rangers”, a posse of 20 men, recruited by the State. The details of Murrieta’s execution are well documented, however, by today’s standards of law, were not only unjust, but “cruel and unusual”.

    The legend of Murrieta’s life and unconfirmed death remain mysterious. Historically, he has been portrayed as a ruthless, “gringo killer”.  Some see a patriotic,  “social fighter”, protecting land that once belonged to Mexico. Still, others see a resemblance in the fictional character Zorro and romantic stories of the Old West. After all, there’s nothing like a dark, masculine, mustang-wrangling character to sell a novel. Very glamorous.

    Joaquin Carrilo Murrieta was born and baptized in Sonora, Mexico in 1829. Joaquin married very young and traveled with his teen bride, Rosita Feliz, and brother to California in 1848. Like many settlers from all over the world , the trio was seeking the “American Dream” and the gilded fortune waiting in the hills of California.

    According to legend, Joaquin Murrieta was discriminated against for the next several years. He was forced off his land by greedy white miners, his brother was lynched and his young wife raped, while he was tied and horse whipped.  It is also believed the “Foreign Miners Tax” played a role in the undoing of Joaquin Murrieta. The tax was too hefty and made way for bullies to intimidate anyone who wasn’t a white skinned American.

    It is rumored that after abandoning his gold claim, Joaquin set up a gaming operation in “Hangtown”, known today as Placerville.  Allegedly, Joaquin started killing gold miners, one by one, for pure revenge. Up and down the state, gangs of Mexican thieves would frequently steal horses and attack mining camps for gold.  Again, it was assumed to be Joaquin.  Always Joaquin.

    California History: Wild and gruesome tales are told of this historic Californian, few of which can be verified. One thing is certain, in the spring of 1853, Joaquin Carrilo Murrieta, and anyone named Joaquin, became wanted men, “dead or alive” by the State of California.

    The facts of the case were never truly uncovered. No facts come to light when a suspect is murdered on sight. And sadly, no compassion is offered when a “dead or alive” reward is at stake. With such sudden measures taken by law enforcement, it remains uncertain if the correct Joaquin was ever captured. If it was Joaquin Carrilo Murrieta, one of the actual “Five Joaquin’s”, he certainly didn’t receive his day in court to defend himself. And if it wasn’t one of the “Five Joaquins”, the California Rangers murdered an innocent man.

    According to statements made by officials, Joaquin Carrilo Murrieta and Manual Garcia, were located and gunned down on July 25, 1853, in San Benito County. Joaquin was immediately decapitated, his body left behind, while his head and the hand of his three fingered partner were preserved in a jar of whiskey to be taken for proof when collecting the large bounty. It is unknown if the California Rangers kept searching for the four remaining “Joaquins” after receiving the reward. With full pockets, it is unlikely the search continued. But what did continue was both grizzly and disgraceful.

    As advertised in the flyer shown above, Joaquin’s preserved head was taken on tour in California as a spectacle.  The morbid greed continued as hundreds of citizens lined up to pay a dollar to view the head with gawking excitement. After that time, the jarred head was kept on display behind the bar at the Golden Nugget Saloon in San Francisco. When a severe earthquake hit the city in 1906, the head was officially lost and never seen again.

    It is still unknown if the head of the deceased belonged to Joaquin Carrilo Murrieta, or any Joaquin for that matter. Remember, during the 1850’s, the name Joaquin was a common Mexican name. Even the real Joaquin Carrilo Murrieta had a cousin who was also named Joaquin Murrieta. Modern ancestry research and authentic photos of  the two Murrieta cousins, both named Joaquin, confirm this.

    Murrieta family photos and history can be seen at www.my-familyhistory.com/16464/index.html. On this page, Joaquin Carrilo Murrieta is referred to as “El Patrio”, while his cousin, also named Joaquin Murrieta, is called “El Guero”.  Sadly, the head in the jar bears a striking resemblance to the cousin, “El Guero”, but looks nothing like the family photo of the real Joaquin Carrilo Murrieta. * (Two existing photos of  the severed head in whiskey can be seen on Google images. Whether they are authentic or fabricated, is still unconfirmed. In any case, the photos are distasteful, and will not be shown on True Crime California).

    It will forever remain unknown if Joaquin Carrilo Murrieta was guilty of the accused crimes. He was not afforded due process of law. If he was guilty, he should have been tried, convicted, and punished. Today, to determine a persons guilt, a fair trial must be administered. Until then, immigrant or not, we are all innocent until proven guilty.

    Thankfully, our rough-edged Golden State has implemented strict codes regarding criminal procedure and law enforcement conduct. As a result, California is filled with smart, carefully trained law enforcement officers, some of which are of Mexican-American descent, and proudly so.

    Currently, the death penalty in California is under moratorium.

    For additional information on Joaquin Carrilo Murrieta, visit “The International Association of the Descendants of Joaquin Murrieta” on Facebook.

    Be Safe California. True Love Never Dies.

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  • mourning-angelCOOL, Calif- Written by Chandler Vaughn

    VERONICA MARTINNEZ– In January 1992, a young California citizen named Veronica Martinez left her home to go grocery shopping and was never seen alive again. Very few facts are known about what actually happened to Veronica that day in 1992 over twenty years ago, but what has been released to the public is horrific.

    BODY FOUND– The following is written with great sadness. Veronica’s remains were found two months later in early March, a few miles north of Cool, California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Veronica had been murdered and dumped onto an embankment off of State Hwy 49 that runs along the American River. The fact that a 19 year old, pregnant mother of two had been murdered was terrible enough, but Veronica had been decapitatedIt was unspeakable.

    UNSOLVED MURDER– This unsolved murder has been under publicized. While details of a case must be kept classified to insure the integrity of an investigation, it simultaneously allows the local citizens to remain uninformed and unaware of ongoing danger that may be present in their community.  In addition, this crime took place such a long time ago that many residents feel a false sense of security or have never even heard of it.

    TRUE CRIME CALIFORNIA– The questions regarding this case abound. Was it someone Veronica knew who tried to conceal her identity? Is it possible her killer is still at large in California? It is. Always take caution. Be Safe California.

    EL DORADO COUNTY SHERIFF– If you have information relating to the Veronica Martinez case please contact the El Dorado Co. Sheriffs Office at 530-621-5655.

    Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of beloved California citizen, Veronica Martinez. True Crime California will continue to post updates until her killer is brought to face the full force of justice. True Love Never Dies.

    Contact Chandler Vaughn: chandlerzone@gmail.com.

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