As rising floodwaters threaten the search for mass murder victims in Yuba city, California, the Sheriff in charge of the hunt yesterday (Monday) allowed newsmen an unrestricted tour of the area.
SV Pressmen walking through orchard
CU Graves (4 shots)
SV & MV's Cameramen, detectives and reporters looking at graves and taking photographs (3 shots)
GV River rising
MV & SV Street scenes in Marysville (2 shots)
SV People in bar
GV Buildings in skid row
MV's & SV Tramps on skid row (3 shots)
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Background: As rising floodwaters threaten the search for mass murder victims in Yuba city, California, the Sheriff in charge of the hunt yesterday (Monday) allowed newsmen an unrestricted tour of the area.
Twenty three bodies have now been found in "the Orchard of Death" just outside the town. On Wednesday, Juan Corona, a Mexican-born local agent for migrant fruit pickers goes on trial for ten of the murders, and is expected by the local police to be accused of the others.
Despite the macabre happenings in the town, drifters and itinerant workers still crowd the streets and bars of the area -- as this film shows.
SYNOPSIS: The "Orchard of Death" outside Yuba City, California. Last Monday newsmen were al.owed an unrestrict tour of the orchards, where 23 bodies have been found so far. California, just recovering from the gruesome murders instigated by Hippy leader Charles Manson, is no reeling again at the biggest mass murder in modern American history Since the first of April, a new grave was added here every two days....Juan Corona, a Maxican-born agent for migrant fruit pickers, has been charged with ten of the 23 murders. And police expect to find more victims.
But the river along which the orchards lie is rising. If this continues, the river might flood the site and hold up the search for months.
Juan Corona, accused of ten of the murdersso far, has bee brought here to Marysville, two miles over the river. In spite of the number of murders, there isn't too much grief in the area -- because most of the victims weren't local famil men. The victims were itinerant fruit pickers.
The victims were all poor, white and middle-aged. Some were worker others have bee described by the police as "winos" - tramps who spend all their money on drink.