Category: Serial Killing
Location: Sutter County, California
Crime: Convicted of killing 25 migrant farm workers over a six week period and sentenced to consecutive life sentences. All of his victims were stabbed and mutilated with a machete and many bore evidence of sexual abuse, before being buried in shallow graves in farms throughout the region.
Biography: Born in Mexico, Corona first came to America illegally in 1950, at the age of sixteen. Shortly after a flash flood killed 38 people in 1955, Corona is said to have suffered a mental break. He was committed to DeWitt State hospital in 1956 and diagnosed with schizophrenia. He was deemed cured after a series of 23 shock treatments and deported back to Mexico. He came back to the United States and went back to working the farms in California. It is said that Corona had a violent temper and was often abusive toward gay men. His first victim was a gay man who was found in 1970, hacked about the head and face with a machete in the restroom of a small caf owned by Corona's half-brother. In early 1971, many more victims began showing up in several farms around the area. In one of the graves, police found evidence linking the murder to Corona. A subsequent search of his apartment turned up additional evidence, such as blood stained clothing, knives and a ledger which contained the names of many of the victims and the date they were murdered.