The Top Six American Serial Killers Were Homosexual. 6: Juan Vallejo Corona

Claim: “Gays” are victims”.

Fact : the top six serial killers in US criminal history were all homosexual.

Homosexual Serial Killers: 6: Juan Vallejo Corona

 

 

A.K.A.: “The Machete Murderer”

Classification: Serial killer

Characteristics: Homosexual rape

Number of victims: 25  Men (transients and itinerant farmworkers)

Date of murders: 1960’s – 1971

Date of arrest: May 1971

Date of birth: 1934

Victims profile: Men (transients and itinerant farmworkers)

Method of murder: Shooting – Stabbing – Bludgeoning

Location: Yuba City, California, USA

Status: Sentenced to 25 consecutive terms of life imprisonment in January 1973

Penniless native Mexican Juan Corona arrived in Yuba City, California, sometime in the 1950’s and slowly built a more than respectable living as a labor contractor. He was respected and seemingly happily married with children. But he was also a schizophrenic and a sexual sadist who turned to murder in the spring of 1971.

Corona found workers in the steady flow of migrant laborers coming out of his home country just plain vagrants that were looking for a paycheck. Most were men that were transient in nature and not likely to be missed. He would simply select a new worker, one that was owed money usually, kill them, and bury them. The disappearances never raised any concerns. Workers often just up and left without notice.

A fruit farmer in the area found a hole dug on his property on May 19. When the man checked on the mysterious hole the next day, it was filled up. Even to a simple farmer it was obvious that this was more than likely a grave for someone or something and he called the police. Kenneth Whitacre was dug up from the earth, his throat and head hacked viciously and his upper body stabbed repeatedly.

A search for more graves turned up more than anyone would have imagined and by early June the total had reached 25 bodies, all men who had been seen with or had gotten their jobs through Corona’s labor contracting business. He was arrested for the murders and tried and though there were rumours of an accomplice, Corona was found guilty and given 25 separate life sentences in January of 1973.

After barely surviving a stabbing attack in prison, Corona won an appeal for a new trial about a decade after the original. The basis was that he had been improperly defended and that new evidence would point to his own brother as the true murderer.The second trial was a money-wasting sham and Corona was sent back to the California penal system to continue serving out his life sentences.

A native Mexican, born in 1934, Corona moved to Yuba City, California in the early 50’s. He stayed there, and established a family, moving from being a picker in the fields to a labor contractor. He was known to many ranchers supplying cres on demand. In 1970, a young Mexican’s scalp was laid open by a machete, in the cafe run by Corona’s gay brother, Natividad. The victim pressed charges agains Natividad, trying to get $250,000.00 in damages. Natividad fled to Mexico, and the case was left unsolved. Nobody had linked Juan to the crime.

On May 19, 1971, a Japanese farmer was touring his orchard and came upon a freshly dug hole, about the size of a grave, in between two fruit trees. One of Corona’s crews was working nearby so the farmer shrugged it off until later that night when he returned and found the hole filled in. He called the police in to the site the next morning, a bit of digging revealed the fresh corpse of Kenneth Whitacre. The guy had been stabbed, and his skull torn open with blows from something sharp.

Four days later, workers reported finding a second grave. The corpse of Charles Fleming was found in it, before they had him identified, they had found the next burial site, and the next. In nine days of discovering bodies from the orchard, totaling 25, the search was terminated. In one grave, deputies found two receipts dated May 21, and signed Juan V. Corona.

On June 4, another bodie would be discovered with two receipts with the same signature. Most of the victims were stabbed or hacked to death, with many signs of homosexuality being involved. Most of the victims were migrant workers, drifters, and alcoholics. None had been reported missing. The receipts placed Juan at the scene of the crime, and he was taken to trial. The defense tried to place the blame on Natividad, a known violent homosexual. [Another one!]

The jury deliberated for 45 hours, before convicting Corona on all counts. He was sentenced to 25 consecutive terms of life imprisonment in Corcoran State Prison, California.

Juan Corona was born in Mexico in 1934. His life there is somewhat of a mystery, but what we do know started when he moved to the U.S. in the 50’s as a migrant worker. From here he turned himself into a successful labor contractor in Yuba County, California. And there were few signs of what really went on in Corona’s head.

In 1970 a young Mexican man was viciously attacked with a machete (he was nearly scalped) in Corona’s gay brother’s cafe. The man accused Corona’s brother, Natividad Corona, of the crime and filed a law suit, seeking $250,000, against him. Natividad fled the country not long after this and the case was forgotten. The crime wasn’t linked to Juan, why would it?

On May 19, 1971, a farmer who had hired Corona to arrange labor for his farm found a large, grave shaped, hole between two tree’s. He asked the nearest worker about it but he just shrugged it off, not knowing or caring it seemed. Well this farmer was a nosy bastard and really wanted to know what the hell was going on, so he returned to the hole later that night only to find that it had been filled in. And this bastard was a real nosy cunt. He called police and had them check it out. After a bit of digging they found themselves a nice fresh corpse. It was Kenneth Whitacre, a known bum. His head had been ripped apart with a cleaver or machete. They also found some gay porn buried with him, leading police to file the case as a sex crime.

Police were not that worried about the crime and never suspected what was to happen next.

Four days later on a nearby farm some workers discovered another body. It was Charles Fleming, a known drifter. As police searched the new burial site another corpse was found. Then another. After nine full days of excavation police called the search off. It was June 4. They had 25 corpses. And all had been killed since February. 

Of the 25 victims police had been able to identify 21. Most were migrant workers, but some had been drifters and there were also a few bums. Most had been attacked with a machete or knife. All had been stabbed to death, a deep puncture to the chest followed by two slashes across the back of the head in the shape of a cross. All had been buried face up, arms stretched above their head and their shirts pulled up over theirs faces. Some had their pants pulled down and had signs of recent homosexual activity. The killer had some fun before or after they were dead.

None of the corpses had been reported as missing by family and if the bodies hadn’t been discovered it would seem plausible that the killer would have gotten away with it all. But he had made four mistakes.

The first was to leave a grave open long enough to be seen by a nosy landowner. The second was much more stupid. He had buried a receipt with his name on it with one victim, Melford Sample. The name on the receipt was “Juan V. Corona.” The third mistake was burying two bank deposit slips with the same name on them with another victim. And the fourth was being seen with a victim.

Police picked Corona up on murder charges. The case against him was based almost completely on the receipts found on Melford Sample’s body and purely circumstantial evidence. Unfortunately for Juan when police search his home they found a Machete, a pistol, two butcher knives and a ledger that contained the names of seven victims. Corona’s lawyers tried to argue this and also tried to lay the blame on his brother, a known violent offender with homosexual tendencies.

The only problem with this argument was that Natividad was not even in the country at the time of the murders. Corona’s lawyers only called one witness during the trial, and also failed to mention that Corona was diagnosed as schizophrenic in 1956, thereby ruling out any chance of an insanity defence. Despite his hopeless defense it still took the Jury 45 hours to convict Corona of the 25 murders (a record for the U.S. at that time) and a month later he was sentenced to life in prison.

While in prison Corona was linked with a few more murders but nothing even came of it. And then in 1978 an appeals court upheld an appeal by Corona citing that his legal team was incompetent and that he would receive a new trial. Unfortunately for Juan he was attacked in prison while awaiting the new trial. He has never regained sight in one of his eyes. He was then put through an extensive psychiatric observation period, further delaying his retrial.

It never made a difference though. In 1982 Corona was again found guilty of 25 murders. He went back to prison to serve out a new life sentence.

In 1978 Corona was reported to have told a Mexican consulate who was visiting the prison that he was guilty. This is the only reported time of him admitting the crime. The exact quote went – “Yes, I did it, but I’m a sick man and can’t be judged by the standards of other men”.

Location (of Kills): Yuba City, California

Number of Kills: 25

 

 

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