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Victim: Trinidad Saucedo

Date: March 21, 1973

Address: 1427 Market Street

Synopsis: Trinidad Saucedo was disabled and lived in a downtown hotel room in East Village. He spent a great deal of his time socializing with friends at a downtown bar called “Jesse James.” Saucedo was well-known in the neighborhood because of his flamboyant personality, his drinking and his prosthetic leg. Saucedo was also known to carry large amounts of cash.

On the morning of March 21, 1973, Saucedo was found dead in his room by the hotel manager. Saucedo had been strangled to death. Detectives surmised that the motive for the murder was robbery, inasmuch as all of Saucedo’s money was missing from his room.

Saucedo was last seen the night before his death drinking; first at Jesse James’ Bar and then the Lucky Lady Bar. He was in the company of a white female in her fifties, possibly named “Linda” and a black male possibly named “Jackson.” Saucedo appeared to be extremely intoxicated, and witnesses overheard the female asking him for money several times before Saucedo left.


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Victim: Jane Doe

Date: June 17, 1973

Address: San Diego Bay

Synopsis: On June 13, 1973 San Diego police discovered the body of a young woman underneath the pier at the foot of Laurel Street. The woman’s body had been dismembered and placed into an orange suitcase and several green plastic garbage bags.

The woman was never identified, nor was the perpetrator, and the motive behind her death remains a mystery. The woman was a white female, possibly of Portuguese or Italian descent. She was 5’1” tall and weighed approximately 150 pounds. She had black, medium length hair, brown eyes and perfect teeth. There was a ½“ birthmark on her left outer thigh, similar to a mole. There were also two smallpox-type vaccination marks on her right shoulder and possibly a small round scar on her left cheek.

Although the woman’s remains were found in San Diego, investigators at the time thought she might have been from the Los Angeles area.

Last Updated July 2008