TV Guide to Murder by Criminal Illegals

When President Trump warns about danger from violent criminal illegals he usually cites MS-13. That murderous gang is a clear and present threat, but Americans can see other examples in the popular series “Forensic Files” on HLN.  

“The Music Case,”  a 2004 episode again making the rounds, charts the murder of Cally Jo Larson, 12, of Waseca, Minnesota, where violent crime was practically unknown. The bright student and gymnast was found murdered in her home. The episode shows how forensic evidence helped catch and convict the killer, but there’s more to the story.

The evidence, including a CD case, led police to one Lorenzo Sanchez, an “illegal immigrant” from Mexico. But the show does not provide his back story. Sanchez, or whatever his real name is, had fake identification from Texas, so he was a false-documented illegal. He had also been deported twice and served a month in jail the previous year. Yet authorities allowed him to remain in Minnesota, which functioned in effect as a sanctuary state.

Sanchez wandered around Waseca burglarizing houses and broke into the Larson home through a basement door. He encountered Cally Jo, who had just returned from school. “Forensic Files” explains that police were shocked to find the 12-year-old stabbed through the chest, but the false-documented intruder was much more active.

He tied up Cally Jo and raped her before stabbing her to death. Then the Mexican national wrapped an electrical cord around Cally Jo’s neck and strung up her bleeding body from a staircase banister. An hour later, Jayme Larson, 16, found her little sister there.

“Forensic Files” shows how the killer tried to pin the rape-murder on his brother Pedro, also an illegal immigrant. The episode does not show Lorenzo claiming that U.S. authorities violated his rights by not telling him he could consult with Mexican officials. That recalls the fleeing murderer in “Dirty Harry” telling Clint Eastwood, “I have rights!” In similar style, the false-documented criminal knew how to work the system.

Based on the evidence, the court found Sanchez guilty. But the “Forensic Files” episode fails to show the leniency of his sentence. Authorities dropped four charges, including criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping, and the rapist-murderer got a life sentence with possibility of parole, for which he will be eligible in 2030. Anybody in the Larson family, like people across the nation, could be forgiven for believing that Cally Jo’s killer should be strapped onto Old Sparky and turned up to 11.  

As Cally Jo’s mother, Connie Larson, said, “I’m unable to forgive an evil man who committed an evil act.” Connie is not on record calling the Mexican an “animal,” which would not be appropriate. Animals basically kill for food, not pleasure, and have not been known to string up dead bodies for exhibition.

Just to recap, Lorenzo Sanchez—or whatever his real name is—was not supposed to be in the United States in the first place. This criminal gained entry by breaking U.S. immigration law, just as he broke into houses in Waseca, Minnesota.

Sanchez was deported but again violated U.S. law. U.S. authorities knew he was illegal but failed to deport him again, and failed to arrest him only eight days before the rape, murder, and hanging of Cally Jo Larson.

This is what happens when U.S. officials fail to enforce the law and allow violent criminals to enter and remain in the United States. The false-documented criminal takes an innocent life and gets to keep his own. American taxpayers bear all the costs of this criminal’s incarceration, and Mexico contributes nothing, just as Mexico does nothing to stop the flow of illegals into the United States.

So President Trump has a case that Mexican criminal illegals do indeed rape and murder Americans. Trump also objects to the immigration lottery and recently cited Sayfullo Saipov, the Uzbek Muslim who killed eight people with a rented truck last October. Concerned Americans can find other cases on “Forensic Files.”

Check out “Honor Thy Father,” an episode about Zein Isa, a PLO supporter who brought his family to the United States in 1985. Isa’s daughter Tina played soccer, listened to popular music, and worked part time even though her father responded with beatings. When Tina took a shine to African American Clifford Walker, Isa called her a “she-devil” and stabbed the sixteen-year-old to death.

So President Trump may have a case that, instead of a lottery and chain migration, we should prefer legal immigrants who respect U.S. law, including the law against murder. As Cally Jo Larson, Kate Steinle, and countless others confirm, it is dangerous to allow violent criminals to enter the United States, and perverse to allow them to remain.

About Lloyd Billingsley

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party and other books including Bill of Writes and Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation. His journalism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Spectator (London) and many other publications. Billingsley serves as a policy fellow with the Independent Institute.

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