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Ortega, Sally E. Comargo 1900-1926

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Peninsula Daily Herald, CA Jan. 11, 1926 p1
Man Kills Woman, Attempts Suicide
Mother of Three Slain by Mad Lover
Youth Attempts Suicide After Shooting Woman in Jealous Rage
Slayer Confesses Deed in Hospital
Skull Pierced by Bullet, Youth is Able to Talk With Police, Doctor
Victim of a jealous lover, Mrs. Sally Ortega, 26, mother of three small children, is dead, shot through the head and heart, James Randazzo, 24, her confessed assailant, is near death at Monterey Peninsula hospital, with a self-inflicted bullet wound through his head. Randazzo is a fisherman, living in New Monterey. The tragedy occurred last night shortly after 7 o’clock on the steps of Mrs. Ortega’s house, 411 Spencer street. Randazzo lay in wait for the woman and shot her down without warning as she was entering her home, police declared. Insane jealousy aroused when Mrs. Ortega went to a barbecue at Carmel yesterday with Charles Artellan was apparently Randazzo’s motive for the deed, according to police. Randazzo had been keeping company for some time with Mrs. Ortega, who is separated from her husband, Domingo Ortega of Santa Maria, officers asserted. Yesterday the woman returned home from the barbecue accompanied by Artellan. Randazzo was waiting in the gloom, armed with a .45 calibre automatic pistol. He fired two shots point blank at Mrs. Ortega. Both took effect and she dropped, instantly killed. Artellan fled, Randazzo fired two shots at him. They missed. Then, police declared, Randazzo turned the weapon on himself, firing a shot through his temple. When neighbors arrived, the woman lay dead. The pistol was at her side. Still alive and conscious, Randazzo was found near her. The bullet had passed through his skull. Randazzo was still conscious at the hospital this morning, although he was not expected to live. First denying the shooting, he later confessed that he fired the shots, according to police. Coroner J.A. Cornett of Salinas investigated the slaying here today. He announced no inquest would be held until it was determined whether Randazzo would live or die. If the slayer lives, police said, he will be placed under arrest in the hospital and charged with the murder of Mrs. Ortega. Artellan was arrested last night, quizzed by Acting Chief of Police Harry Piper and later released. Another man, Lew Davidson of Oak Grove, was found in the Ortega dwelling at the time of the shooting. He was held for questioning and released after telling police that he went to the woman’s house and hid there, intending to surprise her when she arrived home. The remains of Mrs. Ortega were removed to Freeman’s undertaking parlors. Funeral arrangements will not be made until after the inquest is held. The woman’s three children, ranging in age from four to eight, will be placed in care of County Probation Officer Ney Otis temporarily. Mrs. Ortega is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Comargo of this city.
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Peninsula Daily Herald, CA Jan. 12, 1926 p1
Murderer, Shot Through Head, is Still Alive
James Randazzo, who … confessed to the shooting … (blank spot on newspaper print) of Mrs. Sally Ortega, mother of three children, because she had gone to a barbecue with another man, was still alive today in the Monterey Peninsula hospital, his condition apparently little changed despite the fact that he had a bullet hole through his head. Randazzo signed a formal confession of the murder yesterday afternoon in the presence of police officers and Mrs. C. Pearson, representing Deputry District Attorney Argyll Campbell. Mrs. Pearson wrote the confession and obtained Randazzo’s signature to it. At the time it was believed by hospital officials that Randazzo would not live through the night. Reports today were that although he is still rational at times there is practically no hope for him to live. After firing two shots into Mrs. Ortega, Randazzo turned the .45 caliber automatic on himself and sent a bullet through his brain. The bullet drilled a hole through his head from one temple to the other. Coroner J.A. Cornett arrived in Monterey yesterday afternoon to investigate the shooting. His examination of Mrs. Ortegas’ body showed that Randazzo had shot her through the back and that after she fell he had placed the gun at her head and shot her again. The first bullet is believed to have killed her instantly. The shooting occurred on the steps of the Ortega home in New Monterey Sunday night. Charles Aretellan, Oak Grove truck driver with whom Mrs. Ortega went to the Carmel barbecue, has been questioned by the police. Artellan owes his life to the fact that his feet were swift and that he made a quick get-away after Randazzo shot the woman. Coroner Cornett will not hold an inquest over Mrs. Ortega until the latter part of this week. Should Randazzo die before then a double inquest will be held, Cornett says. Mrs. Ortega’s husband, who has been in Santa Maria, arrived in Monterey last night and will take charge of funeral arrangements when they are made.He is making arrangements for the care of his three children, ranging in age from four to eight years.
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Monterey Peninsula Daily Herald, CA Jan. 14, 1926 p1
Ortega Funeral Held Here
Funeral services were held here this morning for Mrs. Sally Ortega, who was shot and killed by James Randazzo last Sunday morning. The services were held in the San Carlos church and interment was made in the Catholic cemetery. Several relatives and friends of the deceased were present at the services. J.A. Orgeta, husband of the deceased, left Monterey shortly after the ceremonies to arrange details of a funeral for his father, C.E. Ortega, who died in Santa Barbara last night.
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Monterey Daily Herald, CA Oct. 14, 1926
Randazzo Hearing Again Postponed
Arraignment of John Randazzo, on a murder charge arising from the slaying of Mrs. Sally Ortega, on a Monterey street last Christmas, has been changed to 2 o’clock Friday, it was announced today. Randazzo has been held in the county jail at Salinas since Christmas. He was arraigned shortly after the commission of the crime but legal technicalities have necessitated a new hearing. Randazzo attempted to end his own live at the time but although he sent a bullet through his brain he recovered.
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Monterey Daily Herald, CA Oxt. 16, 1926
Randazzo Held on Murder Charge
James Randazzo, Monterey, who has been in the county jail since the shooting of Saly Ortega last January 10, was held to answer to the Superior Court without bond after a preliminary hearing held in Justice of the Peach [sic] Ernest Michaelis’ court alte yesterday. Deputy District Attorney Argyll Campbell conducting the prosecution, called Dr. J.P. Sandholdt and Robert J. Bisnet, police officer, as witnesses. The defense called Mrs. Louise Canargo and Mrs. Olivia Lopez, sisters of the dead woman. Randazzo is alleged to have killed the woman in a fit of jealousy. The day of the murder she had been picnicking near the Carmel bridge with her two sisters and their children. Charles Artellan, and his brother, were also members of the party. Mrs. Ortega’s slayer shot twice at Artellan but did not hit him. Randazzo made an unsuccessful attempt on his own life, but although he sent a bullet through his brain, he recovered after many weeks of hospital care.
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ORTEGA SALLIE E 01 10 1926 MONTEREY 921668
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