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US serial killer up for parole

05 December 2011, 17:11

Sacramento - A California man convicted of hacking to death 25 farm workers four decades ago is up for parole.

Juan Corona was the nation's worst known serial killer after his conviction for killing the farm workers north of Sacramento.

The 77-year-old is up for parole on Monday at Corcoran State Prison. He has been diagnosed with dementia and mental illness.

None of the victims' relatives are expected to attend.

Sutter County District Attorney Carl Adams said that is a sad testament to Corona's crimes. The victims were itinerant farm workers with few known relatives.

Corona was a farm labour contractor.

It was the worst known serial killing spree in the US until John Wayne Gacy jnr was convicted in 1980 of murdering 33 young men and boys in his Chicago home.


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