Orange County's 10 Most Murderous Murderers (or Suspects) of 2013

Categories: 2013 Homicides

Homicide detectives in some of the more active Orange County law enforcement agencies might disagree, but if you look at the county as a whole there were actually fewer reported murders in 2013 than we've noticed in recent years.

But we did still experience some horrific isolated incidents, at least one of which generated international headlines.

They also generated the list of 10 murderers (or suspects) that begins on the next pages ...

1) Christopher Jordan Dorner

Dorner with Chief Bratton
Southern California (and especially police officers here) were thrown into a tizzy after the Feb. 3 slayings of Cal State Fullerton assistant women's basketball coach Monica Quan and her fiancé Keith Lawrence, a University of Southern California public safety officer. An autopsy would show Quan died of three gunshot wounds to the back of the head as she sat in Lawrence's Kia Optima parked at their upscale Irvine condo complex. She also received a "tangential gunshot wound" on her right forearm. Lawrence was shot multiple times, including five times in the head and face and twice in his back and neck, as the Kia was riddled with bullets. Published on Facebook the next day was Christopher Dorner's "manifesto" threatening cops in Los Angeles by name--including Quan's father who had guided the fired police officer through disciplinary hearings--and cops everywhere by association. The former La Palma resident would go on to be blamed for killing two law enforcement officers before meeting his own fiery end in Big Bear. (

2) Ali Syed

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Orange County had barely recovered from the Dorner nightmare by Feb. 19, when the parents of 20-year-old Ali Syed called sheriff's deputies to their Ladera Ranch home after discovering the body of 20-year-old Courtney Aoki in their son's bedroom. Syed had left a suicide note and taken off in the family's SUV. Before the day was over, construction worker Jeremy Lewis, businessman Melvin Lee Edwards and Syed himself had been shot dead. Syed, who had fired randomly at motorists on Orange County freeways, turned his gun on himself to end a police chase. It later came out that Aoki was engaged and pregnant, so add another death to the body count. (

3) Marilyn Kay Edge

Before Marilyn Kay Edge was to turn her 13-year-old son Jaelen and 10-year-old daughter Faith over to the court-ordered custody of their father in Georgia, she drove her children from her home in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Orange County for an October day at Disneyland. But they never made it to the "Happiest Place on Earth." Police say she poisoned her children and left them to die in a third-floor room at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Santa Ana. Edge disclosed that after trying unsuccessfully to drive her gray Honda Accord into an electrical vault in the Home Depot parking lot in Costa Mesa, where she held off responders by trying to strangle herself. An Orange County Superior Court judge asked Edge three times Sept. 17 if she agreed to a one-month postponement of her arraignment, and she answered quietly each time, "Only if you promise to give me the death penalty." (

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