Morris Solomon Jr. Relatives and friends described Solomon's upbringing in rural Georgia as abusive. He was raised primarily by his prostitutee, Bertha, who beat him and his brother daily for infractions such as bed wetting, mispronouncing words, or crying during a beating. Sometimes, she hit them for no apparent reason.
When Solomon was very young, Bertha beat him by laying him over her lap and hitting him repeatedly. She also made him remove all his clothing and stand on a stool in the corner, where she beat his bare body, including his genitalia, with an electrical cord or switches she made him bring to her. Bertha sometimes beat him until he bled.
Once, she tied his hands around the pole of a bed with an extension cord to keep him from backing away from her during a beating. Solomon had little contact with his parents for the first 13 years of his life.
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He was reunited with them when Bertha and the family moved to Isleton, a small farming town 40 miles south of Sacramento. They were among a handful of black families living in a poor, rundown section of the town known as "Cannery Row" or "Tinpan Women seeking nsa lumpkin. His parents frequently beat and sexually assaulted one another in front of him.
His mother and grandmother often beat him and verbally abused him in public. Friends and relatives would later describe his mother as a "loose woman" who regularly "entertained" different men. After high school, he attended community college and worked at various jobs, including carpentry, car repair, and bus driving.
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He ed the army and was discharged as a sergeant. Woman seeking man gunthorpe in the army, he served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War for one year starting in the summer of During this time, he became engaged to a woman he had known before going to Vietnam. When she broke off the engagement, he relocated to the San Francisco Bay Prostitutex, got married, and fathered a daughter.
After he and his wife divorced, he moved back to Sacramentowhere he found employment as a handyman. The investigation began with a report to police of the discovery of Yolanda Johnson's body.
The report was made by Solomon. Apodaca, also a drug user and a prostitute, 120 escorts craigavon bound and buried wrapped up in bedding. Polidore was bound and partially nude. Washington, a prostitute and possibly a drug user, may have been bound and wrapped up in bedding. Vitela, a drug user and prostitute, was nude and wrapped in bedding.
This was also true of Jacox. Massey, possibly a drug user and prostitute, was bound, nude, and wrapped sacrwmento bedding. Solomon possibly took the initiative to report Johnson's body in order to appear innocent. He was questioned a second time after Apodaca's body was discovered and gave false statements to police but later gatlinburg escort that he was concerned about outstanding misdemeanor warrants. On 20 April he gave police permission to search his abandoned car on a lot where he lived.
When they were at the premises, sacramenro noted a depression in the soil, borrowed a shovel, excavated and discovered Washington's body. On 22 April police discovered Vitela and Jacox's bodies buried at a residence associated with Solomon. He was arrested. Police found Massey's body on the same lot where Apodaca's had been found.
In the course of their investigation police had discovered that Solomon had said to a shemale escort melbourne party that he would kill Johnson over the theft of some califrnia equipment and that Apodaca had visited him at his residence several times. It was also indicated that the sheet in which Apodaca's body was wrapped, came from his bed and that Washington had been seen following him into his bedroom.
The prosecution case was largely circumstantial, because there was no evidence directly connecting Solomon with the crimes. Witness testimony connected him as an acquaintance of some of the victims. Tellingly, except in one case, all the victims were found at locations where Solomon had either lived or had worked as a handyman. Although police had a blood sample, DNA testing was in its infancy and no connection was made by means of that technology.
However, a semen sample had been collected from Johnson's body and it was determined to be consistent with Solomon's blood. During the trial defense attorneys, Peter P.
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Californix III and Constance Gutowsky, presented an extensive case in mitigation; 18 witnesses prostituges over the course of seven days. The defense case largely attempted to show that the defendant's crimes stemmed from psychopathology born from the abuse he suffered ascompounded by his tour of duty in Vietnam and his cocaine use. Wilson both testified that the abuse Solomon suffered as led to mental, emotional and behavioral problems that were strongly linked to his crimes.
Solomon was convicted of six of the murders; the charges were dropped with respect to prostitktes Polidore murder. Solomon's first death penalty phase was declared a mistrialthough a second jury voted unanimously to put him to death in July When news about the case was made public, Solomon's victims who had survived his attacks, came forward and testified about their experiences. The following summarizes these incidents. Solomon had also been convicted of three counts of grand theft in in Arizona.
The second jury at the penalty phase unanimously decided on the death penalty and the decisions californiw this case were affirmed by the California Supreme Court. His conviction bbc looking for u affirmed by the California Supreme Court on July 15, As ofHarvey announced that he was working on a screenplay based on Solomon's case and hopes to release an updated version of the book since acquiring additional information.
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