A few times a year, someone asks Tom Siebe about the Ramon Salcido case. Same with Craig Schulz.
Ken Gnoss thinks of it every April 14. And Dave Edmonds thinks about it as little as possible.
It's been a quarter-century since Salcido, a Sonoma Valley winery worker, committed Sonoma County's most heinous killing rampage — slaying seven and almost killing two others.
A Look Back At The Salcido Killings
Carmina Salcido sits in a hospital bed after being taken to Petaluma Valley Hospital in April 1989. Carmina was found alive in a field after her father's rampage.
Carmina Salcido was only three-years-old in 1989 when her father, Ramon Salcido, murdered most of her family and left her for dead. Salcido now has a three-year-old daughter of her own. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)
Carmina Salcido now has a 3-year-old daughter of her own, Zophia.
Retired Sheriff's Capt. Dave Edmonds, who was the lead investigator on the Salcido slayings, said, "It was like our little 9/11 here."
Craig Schulz in 2010. (PD FILE, 2010 )
Former prosecutor, now Sonoma County judge, Ken Gnoss in 2014. (PD FILE, 2014 )
Tom Siebe, a retired chief deputy coroner with the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office poses for a photo near his home in Petaluma on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (BETH SCHLANKER/ PD )
Ramon Salcido in 2007. (PD FILE, 2007)
A Sonoma County deputy puts police barrier line at driveway of Salcido in Boyes Hot Springs after Ramon Salcido's killing spree.
Sonoma County deputies investigated the shooting scene on April 14, 1989 at Grand Cru Winery in the Sonoma Valley.
Sheriff's office investigator searches for evidence in front of Boyes Hot Spring home of Ramon Salcido in 1989. (PD FILE, 1989)
Greg Berry, an investigator with the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, removes the body of one of three victims of Ramon Salcido's April 14, 1989 killing spree from a home in Cotati. (PD FILE, 1989)
Carmina Salcido, then 3, sits in her room at Petaluma Valley Hospital with some of the toys well-wishers sent to her after her father, Ramon Salcido, slit her throat and left her for dead with her two sisters.
Angela Salcido was 24 when she was killed by her husband, Ramon. (PD FILE, 1989)
Ramon Salcido's three daughters, from left: Sofia, 4; Carmina, 2; and Teresa, 22 months. Carmina survived her father's attack in April 1989, lying with her sisters' bodies at a dump for a day and a half before being discovered. Salcido killed seven people during his rampage.
Ramon Salcido is escorted off a private jet by Sonoma County sheriff's deputies after his arrival April 21, 1989 from Mexico, where he had fled after murdering seven people including his wife and two of his three daughters. (PD FILE, 1989)
Young boys watch intently as technicians go over the Salcido murder scene in Cotati in 1989. (PD FILE, 1989)
Tracy Toovey, assistant winemaker at Grand Cru Winery in Glen Ellen, was shot to death by Ramon Salcido in 1989.
Sheriff's investigators put covers on their shoes as they prepare to enter home on Lakewood Avenue in Cotati where three people were murdered in 1989. (PD FILE, 1989)
Neighborhood kids view a newspaper near the home in Cotati where Ramon Salcido allegedly killed his three victims in 1989. (PD FILE, 1989)
Some neighbors of the Cotati murder victims were in tears upon learning of the crime in 1989. (PD FILE, 1989)
The first day of murder trial for Ramon Salcido in San Mateo in 1990. (PD FILE, 1990)
A young woman expressed her grief between the Rosary and the funeral mass of the Richards/Salcido families. Services were held n Petaluma in 1989. (PD FILE, 1989)
Ramon Salcido and Public Defender Marteen Miller greet one another during Salcido's last court appearance for discovery proceedings in 1989. (PD FILE, 1989)
He lives on San Quentin's Death Row while those whose job it was to follow his bloody trail continue to deal with the vivid memories in different ways.
“Every year I remember April 14, 1989. Twenty-five years certainly is a milestone. Every year is a milestone to me, given the severity of the crime,” said Gnoss, a Sonoma County judge and former prosecutor who teamed with then-Chief Deputy District Attorney Peter Bumerts for the trial that sent Salcido to Death Row.
“A lot of us are at the end of our careers and it probably remains ... ,” Gnoss said, pausing to search for the right word, “ ... the most important thing we've ever worked on.”
“It comes up in conversation. You talk about it. Otherwise I don't dwell on Ramon. He's not worth it,” said Siebe, retired Sonoma County sheriff's chief deputy coroner.
Like several sheriff's detectives, deputies and others, Siebe worked at each of the four murder scenes. Among a host of difficult duties, he helped carry the bagged bodies of victims. He also had to tell Cathy Toovey of the death of her husband and tell Bob Richards of the death of his wife and three daughters, and the next day, two of his three granddaughters.
Salcido “was a point of true evil,” Siebe said.
Schulz, son of famed Peanuts comic creator Charles M. Schulz, joined the investigation effort when he volunteered his father's company plane to fly sheriff's detectives to Mexico to retrieve Salcido, who had fled the country.