The body count is piling up in Orange County this last month of 2011, with some slayings so awful they made the following compilation of the 11 most ucked fup murder scenes of the year.
Please note that this will also be my last list of 2011 that includes the Salon Meritage massacre. As much as I wanted to avoid it here, the final list after the jump just didn't seem right leaving off that tragedy.
1) Tossed Off Storage Unit Loft and Left to Die in Ants and Vomit
Gary Haynes was punched during a Saturday night fight in August at an Orange storage locker, thrown off a loft and left overnight in his own vomit and an army of ants. Suffering a broken eye socket, crushed vertebrae, broken scapula and other injuries to his skull, the Oceanside 52-year-old died five days later. Police arrested Sandra Higareda, 41, a former Haynes friend, and Steve Fry, 40, who is accused of delivering the fatal blow.
2) Beaten, Stabbed and Head Nearly Sliced Off
Bobby Ray Rainwater Jr. was knocked in the back of the head, stabbed and nearly decapitated outside the San Juan Capistrano mobile home the 54-year-old lived in with his elderly parents. His neighbor Robert Eugene Vasquez, 34, is being held for allegedly sneaking up on and murdering Rainwater Dec. 1 as well as the attempted murder the next day (by metal pipe) of a second man.
3) Worst Mass Killing in Orange County History
If for nothing else, the Salon Meritage massacre is included here because of what's been reported and what we can only imagine about the Seal Beach murder scene: the bodies inside the bustling hair salon of people who either died instantly or would go on to perish. A seriously injured 73-year-old woman in the chair of her dead stylist daughter, and a man dying in the parking lot. Others hiding, freaking out and fleeing. Anyone else recall images of an older woman shaking like a leaf outside the salon? She's probably still dealing with the nightmares. We all are. Scott Evans Dekraai, who police say confessed to setting out that October day to kill his ex-wife, now faces the death penalty.
4) Baby Tossed Off Children's Hospital Parking Structure
Seven-month-old Noe Medina suffered from congenital
muscular torticollis, a twisting of the neck muscles, that required treatment at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). The baby wore a helmet as a result of his condition, but it was removed the evening of Aug. 22 before Noe was pushed or tossed off the fourth floor of the CHOC parking structure. His mother, Sonia Hermosillo, was held in the boy's murder. His father later told a reporter that Hermosillo never viewed the baby as normal.