California Man Confesses to 40 Killings

USA Today, April 10, 2014

A suspected contract killer charged in Central California with killing nine people confessed to investigators that he carried out up to 40 slayings in a career spanning decades, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Errek Jett, the district attorney in Lawrence County, Ala., said that Jose Manuel Martinez, 51, told investigators he carried out the crimes working as an enforcer for a drug cartel. Jett said they believe Martinez because of the details he gave investigators.

Jose Manuel Martinez

Jose Manuel Martinez

Martinez was arrested last year shortly after crossing the border from Mexico into Arizona and sent to Alabama, where he awaits trial on one murder charge. Once word got out, a steady stream of investigators from across the country came to question Martinez, Jett said.

Defense attorney Thomas Turner, who represents Martinez in that lone case, said his client is eager to start a June trial in Alabama, so he can return to California. Turner said Martinez maintains his innocence to the charge there and doesn’t seem to be a hardened killer.


Martinez targeted victims in Tulare, Kern and Santa Barbara counties between 1980 and 2011, said Tulare County Assistant District Attorney Anthony Fultz, who filed charges Tuesday.

Investigators have released details of their case, saying six of the victims were killed in Tulare County, two in Kern and one in Santa Barbara. They ranged in age from 22 to 56, investigators said.

One man was shot dead in 1980 driving to work in the morning, while two men were shot in 1982 working on a ranch, one surviving. The same year, another man went missing before being found two days later by ranchers shot and stabbed to death. Yet another was found in 2000 shot to death in bed with his four children at home.

In addition to the nine murder counts, Martinez was charged in California with one count of attempted murder and the special circumstances of committing multiple murders, lying in wait and kidnapping. {snip}


Martinez has lived on and off in Richgrove, a small farming community in Central California about 40 miles north of Bakersfield. He’s being held in Alabama, awaiting trial in a 2013 slaying, and Fultz said he’s also wanted in Florida on suspicion of two killings there in 2006.

Fultz declined to comment on any connection Martinez may have with drug cartels, saying he did not want to damage the case at this early stage. Fultz said that too will remain under investigation.

Fultz said he is confident Martinez committed at least the nine killings he’s charged with, but he has heard higher figures from across the nation.


Martinez has spent brief stints in state prison following a 2007 conviction on theft and drug charges, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.



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  • Dave4088

    Wow, and to think Jose was on the cusp of earning citizenship with the looming Obongo/Boehner/Ryan amnesty. I wonder how many more like Jose Manuel Martinez are walking freely around America’s streets while federal agencies are busily occupied spying on white nationalists and right of center political dissidents like all of us?

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      If you knew just how many others like him are in our midst, you will be carrying a gun everywhere you go, if not multiple weapons.

      • William Krapek

        Holy Crap.

        • Zaporizhian Sich

          That’s what I said when I learned of what these people really are. You can expect to see white women and children hanging from nooses this way from a bridge in Amerika, thank Obama and previous treacherous elites for it. That will result in very bloody blow back of course against the brown filth and their enablers.

  • IstvanIN

    And the FBI lists him as White!

    • Jesse James

      He looks as white as Pancho Villa.

      • IstvanIN

        Or George P. Bush.

  • WR_the_realist

    Turner said Martinez maintains his innocence to the charge there and doesn’t seem to be a hardened killer.

    Amazing. Martinez admits to murdering 40 people but he’s not a hardened killer. I wonder how many more people he’d have to kill to get hardened?

    Anyhow, this guy will add to the statistics of “white” serial killers.

    • me

      Martinez would have to kill at least 100 people by cutting out their beating hearts while they scream in agony…’s the tradition of his ‘people’–along with raping underage girls….

    • evilsandmich

      I wonder if Hispanics use the term ‘serial killer’? Given the picture above I’d guess that there are just murders and non-murders in their social grouping.

  • Luca

    I’m sure he’ll get off, because as Jeb Bush likes to say, each killing was not a felony, but an “act of love”

  • So CAL Snowman

    Just another dreamer . . . dreaming of killing and mutilating. Si se puede!

  • Texas just executed Ramiro Hernandez-Llanos for less. When this squat monster left California for Alabama, he made a big mistake. Alabama will execute him. And one more squattie down. BTW, Messcans brag (lie) a lot. It’s questionable whether he killed 40 or was just claiming bragging rights to make him king of the prison hill.

    • Anglo

      Right! I live in Alabama.
      “200 people currently are sentenced to death in Alabama.

      The death sentencing rate in Alabama is nearly six times greater than in Texas. Last year, Alabama – with a population of 4.7 million – sentenced more people to death than Texas – with a population of 24.8 million.

      Alabama has the highest death sentencing rate in the country. Last year, more people were sentenced to death in Alabama than in Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, Arkansas, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Louisiana combined.

      Alabama executed five people in 2010. Alabama put to death more people per
      per capita this year than any other state in the country.”

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Just more of the benefits that come with massive 3rd world immigration and multiculturalism.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    Eric Holder listed him as ‘white’?

    • Anglo

      I don’t understand either how Feds can get away with listing mestizos as White.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        They do it to inflate the white crime stats, but even worse, to hide the real damage from the foreign locust swarms. The % ‘White’, as we all know it, is probably not 63%, but more like below 50%. That would make us a minority. Can’t have that, now can we?

        • Anglo

          That’s right.


          A minority in our own country? No no, that can’t be possible. I distinctly remember Teddy Kennedy assuring America that such a thing would never happen due to his open immigration bill in 1965. So, obviously those numbers must be wrong because Teddy Kenned is a truly reliable person. Don’t believe me? Just ask Mary Jo Kopechne. You can find her at the bottom of the Chappaquiddick Tidal Channel in Massachusetts.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            The same double-cross that Reagan got when he signed amnesty in 1986. The agreement was that it would be the last time and it was accompanied by a pledge to enforce immigration/deportation laws, etc. A pack of liars. This latest so-called debate is Reagan double-cross, part deux–>and the death of America.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Jose Manuel Martinez, 51, told investigators he carried out the crimes working as an enforcer for a drug cartel.

    Well, these murders were just “acts of love” according to Jeb Bush!!

    …with weapons provided by Leland Yee and Eric Holder.

    • Strike_Team

      And so many stupid, cowed white sheeple feel good supporting these jackals. They can’t get it through their heads that every ethnic group is looking out for their own first. I know, I know, preaching to the choir. But if whites were aware we wouldn’t have non-white criminals with an anti-white agenda holding governmental power.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      If I remember correctly, it was more than just small arms, wasn’t it? Wasn’t it like RPGs, too? I will have to read more on this jacka$$.

      • ShermanTMcCoy

        You mean, he wasn’t using compressed air?

        • AndrewInterrupted

          I was reading a blurb about the weapons being more military grade. I just Googled around and now think something must have gotten lost in translation with respect to “shoulder fired” weapons. But, he was also looking for full auto weapons which his highly illegal without a gun dealer permit.

  • SouthernReality

    Just doing the work lazy American’s won’t do….

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Good stuff…!!!….;-D

    • r j p

      Lazy blacks are doing the business in most cities.
      Its Whites that won’t pick up the slack.
      Unfortunately we have (w)hites saving the garbage in ERs on our dime.

  • fuzzypook

    I really don’t care if they kill each other.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    Creatures like this are what I keep magazines fully loaded with hollow-point at the ready for. A pity he didn’t try messing with a white family here, many white men will leave his head in pieces because they shot him in the face with a rifle or shotgun.

  • r j p

    Diversity enriches America because people like Jose Manuel Martinez are able to liberate the assets of so many individuals.

  • Wrong kind of Native American.