Soquel mass murderer John Linley Fraz...

Soquel mass murderer John Linley Frazier will argue for parole next week

There are 23 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Nov 14, 2008, titled Soquel mass murderer John Linley Frazier will argue for parole next week. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

John Linley Frazier, the mass murderer sentenced to death for killing five people at a Soquel hills home in October 1970, is up for parole this month.

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Vic

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Nov 14, 2008
His appearance before the parole board is just a formality. There's no way that wicked dirt ball will ever be released.
former resident

United States

#2 Nov 14, 2008
we should not be spending money on this guy. It is crazy that the death sentence can be removed but not put back. Sounds a way for lawyers to drum up business again.
Brian

Plymouth, MA

#3 Nov 14, 2008
"After the execution-style murders, Frazier set the Ohtas' home ablaze. He left behind a note that declared "World War 3" had begun and spoke of killing people who "misused the environment," according to Sentinel archives. The Ohtas had cut down trees on their property to build their uniquely-designed house."

Let's not remind white eco-NIMBY Santa Cruz "progressives" of this, they might be tempted to repeat his actions.

The rhetoric sure is similiar to what you hear from them today.
sockmonkey

Oakland, CA

#4 Nov 14, 2008
Brian, you are one sick, sick human being.
Observer

AOL

#5 Nov 14, 2008
Frazier murdered my doctor and his family the same night my mother went into a coma from a brain anurysm at Dominican.

Dr. Ohta was a gifted, gentle man who restored vision to son many people.

I'll never forget the horror of that night. I knew the Ohta's surviving older daughter. She committed suicide about six years after her family was destroyed. The youngest surviving daughter has had to live with the repercussions of his deeds for the rest of her life.

This man should never be released from prison. No penance will ever be enough for what he did to innocents.
Ghost of Tookie

United States

#6 Nov 14, 2008
Brian wrote:
"After the execution-style murders, Frazier set the Ohtas' home ablaze. He left behind a note that declared "World War 3" had begun and spoke of killing people who "misused the environment," according to Sentinel archives. The Ohtas had cut down trees on their property to build their uniquely-designed house."
Let's not remind white eco-NIMBY Santa Cruz "progressives" of this, they might be tempted to repeat his actions.
The rhetoric sure is similiar to what you hear from them today.
Yep, I agree with you. Your eco-terrorists, animal rights activists and tree sitters certainly have that " we are justified in our actions" mentality(No matter how stupid the rest of the world thinks we are). No, I wouldn't be one bit surprised if they did something just as stupid. In fact, they might consider Frazier an early pioneer of the eco-rights movement. He's a hero in their eyes!
W T F

United States

#7 Nov 14, 2008
Santa Cruz county is a really great place to raise a family. Let's keep it weird.
Remembering

Santa Cruz, CA

#8 Nov 14, 2008
I remember when this happened. Such a shock for something like that to happen n Santa Cruz.

The day before John Linley Frazier murdered Dr. Victor Ohta,wife Virginia, sons, Taggart, 11, and Derrick, 13, and Dr. Ohta's secretary, Dorothy Cadwallader.
He stopped in at the house of a husband and wife.He knew them from high school.
[They told me]
-he talked about many things-among the conversation was how a wealthy family was selfish,he(either he asked or was actually) swimming in their swimming pool and was told to leave.He appeared to be fine,before he left he asked them to stand in front of the fireplace to take their picture then he left.
The next day he murdered the family.
It seems he knew he was going to murder them-the odd thing is the "house and cutting down trees? were never mentioned to the couple. He told them he was angry about not being able to swim in the swimming pool!!!!!
If I recall what my friends told me correctly -he mentioned something about watching the family from an area near the house.
I remember them being shocked and saying that he could just as easily killed them and their children as take the picture of them-and of course the murders were beyond tragic.

My sisters knew the two surviving sisters. They had a sense that the older sister was never going to recover from what happened to her family. The suicide confirms that.

Such a tragedy in many ways

As far as John Linley Frazier getting parole. I am 100% sure it will not happen.
I think there is a requirement that inmates have parole hearings-it does not mean that any of the parole board members are even considering giving parole.From the article-it sounds like he is not too compliant so he has no chance of parole.

May the surviving sister be at peace and be filled with love and strength.
SoOkiE

Santa Cruz, CA

#10 Nov 14, 2008
I remember this murder, too. It rocked our community. So many murders back then. So many good people killed.
Frazier will not be released. Going before a parole board is a right (scoff) prisoners have, by law.
My heart goes out to the remaining daughter. I cannot even begin to imagine her pain.
recall them

Sonoma, CA

#11 Nov 14, 2008
Maybe we could get him out for a few hours and send him to a city council meeting.
TREEHUGGER

United States

#14 Nov 14, 2008
Marsy's Law (prop 9) that just passed says "Parole judges could increase the number of years between parole hearings typically to 15 years, saving money."

I wonder if they can enforce it on those already incarcerated.
50s Local

Lihue, HI

#15 Nov 14, 2008
Never, never, never.
john doe

United States

#16 Nov 14, 2008
I knew Taura Ohta too. I hope thois piece of $hi+ never gets out of his hell...
liberal laws

Santa Cruz, CA

#17 Nov 14, 2008
he cannot be released. This person should not even be alive anymore. We're paying taxes to keep this criminal alive.
Unbelievable. It's scary this is even a formality - he shouldn't even have a chance of being considered for parole!!!
WOW

San Jose, CA

#18 Nov 15, 2008
instead of lethal injections, how about euthanasia and donation of his organs? the prisoner's choice between the two, of course. that way we can please those that advocate for the death penalty, and those advocating for life, while the psychopaths can "redeem" themselves, just a little. it's better than just executing someone by a supposed painless injection anyways! what a waste of lives on all sides.
Preachers Kid

Santa Cruz, CA

#19 Nov 15, 2008
WOW wrote:
instead of lethal injections, how about euthanasia and donation of his organs? the prisoner's choice between the two, of course. that way we can please those that advocate for the death penalty, and those advocating for life, while the psychopaths can "redeem" themselves, just a little. it's better than just executing someone by a supposed painless injection anyways! what a waste of lives on all sides.
Oh! My Gosh! No!
We would have a run on capital punishment and there would be a black market organ donor thing-jurors would get paid to give the death sentence to someone jaywalking! Just to get the organs!
Ben Dover

Dothan, AL

#20 Nov 15, 2008
this guy is any different from the urchins that walk pacific avenue?
Marsha Keeffer

San Francisco, CA

#21 Nov 15, 2008
People like this must be separated from our community for the common good - so that no one else is harmed and so that they can do no further harm. Unfortunately, parole will never be a suitable option in cases like this. I'm grateful Ms. Symonds is pursuing this so vigorously.
Judy

Berkeley, CA

#23 Nov 15, 2008
I took my daughter to him 43 years ago. He was an excellant doctor. That was a nightmare of what happened to him and his family. I hope the murderer stays behind bars, he should never be released.
Parole Officer

United States

#24 Nov 15, 2008
Yeah, WHATEVER!

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