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This Day in History: James Huberty McDonald’s Massacre 7/18/1984 San Ysidro, CA

San Ysidro monument

Victims:

Murdered
Elsa Herlinda Borboa-Firro, 19 (McDonald’s employee)
Neva Denise Caine, 22 (McDonald’s manager)
Michelle Deanne Carncross, 18
María Elena Colmenero-Silva, 19
David Flores Delgado, 11
Gloria López González, 23
Omar Alonso Hernández, 11
Blythe Regan Herrera, 31 (mother of Matao Herrera)
Matao Herrera, 11
Paulina Aquino López, 21 (McDonald’s employee)
Margarita Padilla, 18 (McDonald’s employee)
Claudia Pérez, 9
Jose Rubén Lozano Pérez, 19
Carlos Reyes, 8 months
Jackie Lynn Wright Reyes, 18 (mother of Carlos Reyes)
Victor Maxmillian Rivera, 25 (A maintenance worker)
Arisdelsi Vuelvas Vargas, 31
Hugo Luis Velazquez Vasquez, 45 (a rising international banker)
Laurence Herman “Gus” Versluis, 62 (a truck driver stopping for coffee on his retirement day)
Aida Velazquez Victoria, 69
Miguel Victoria Ulloa, 74

Survivors included:
Ronald Herrera
Keith Thomas
Aurora Pena
Maria Rivera
Joshua Coleman
Alberto Leos
Jason Hall
Rosa Hall
Adam Hall
Kenny Villegas
Francisco Lopez

McDonald’s Memorial
Innocent victims pay the price of an angry man
‘Going to hunt humans’
McDonald’s mass killer a man of many faces
Huberty phoned mental health center
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Murderpedia: James Oliver Huberty
Wikipedia: San Ysidro McDonald’s massacre
Slaughter at McDonald’s changed how police operate

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Berserk!!!
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Murderers, Mobsters & Madmen Vol. 1
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James Huberty

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42 Responses

  1. Why did James Oliver Huberty kill Matao Herrera.
    The DZ-MV730A cannot record S-Video input.

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  2. Laurence Herman “Gus” Versluis is part African American due to the relationship of William Grinstead, a Caucasian, and his wife, Elizabeth Key Grinstead, an African-European-American.

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  3. The police chief at the McDonald’s Massacre was Bill Kolender, and he is of Russian/Polish (Ashkenazi) Jewish origin. Versluis is possibly Melungeon origin. One of the nineteen survivors of the McDonald’s massacre is part Japanese. Juan Acosta Tokano is half-Mexican and half-Japanese.

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  4. hi I am a criminal justice student and am looking for the profial and family back ground of this man James Huberty for a paper I am doing could you help with this

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  5. There are a few of the victims of the McDonald’s Massacre are not Mexicans. Laurence Versluis for example, is Belgian-American. Ray Kroc died of a heart attack 7 months before the McDonald’s incident and I am glad he is not around to see the effects of the shooting in the restaurant.

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  6. Ronald Herrera and Blythe Regan Herrera’s name is like the president’s name due to Blythe’s husband’s first name and her middle name Regan (like Ronald Reagan!)

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  7. Blythe Regan Herrera came from Celts, Neva Caine came from Ashkenazi Jews, Lawrence Herman Versluis came from Teutonics, Africans, and such, and the rest of them came from a mixture of Spaniards and Native Americans via Siberia.

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  8. I lived only a few blocks from this mcdonald’s… On the day of this awful tragedy, my mother went into labor to have me. She still tells the story of how it happend… She insisted to the doctor she WASN’T going to have me on such a horrible day in history! I was born just in time, at 12:02am July 19, 1984. Not a moment to spare.

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  9. Karlita Maria Felix, the youngest victim of the McDonald’s massacre, is still alive! Her name (Felix) says it all, and it means Happy!

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  10. Larry Dicks is the survivor of the McDonald’s Massacre, and he is hit by flying glass.

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  11. abuelita is the mother of omar alonso hernandez and abuelita is in sunset elementary school my school

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  12. William B. Kolender vital statistics:
    Born on May of 1935 in Chicago, Illinois.

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  13. In 1964 I worked with Jim Huberty. For those who don’t know, Jim was an embalmer and funeral director. I was his preceptor during his apprenticeship. I spent a lot of time with him and he was certainly a misanthrope of the worst kind. I’ve never quite met a person which such a dislike for others for no apparent reason. The only time I heard him speak fondly of anyone was his father who I was told was portrait artist. At the time of his rampage and death I was working in NYC and I remember seeing his pix on the front page of the NY Daily News and saying, “Oh my God I knew he would do something like this.

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    • Maybe if people were more friendly to him, he might be a little different. Did it occur to any body that he was a human being too at one time. At times I think society in general tends to create its own Frankenstein monster which turn on us.

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  14. Hey by the way no joke but im related to him. hes related to my Dad

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  15. Blythe Regan Herrera is the daughter of Marion E. (Stewart) and Robert M. Jones. She was born Blythe Regan Jones.

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  16. tHE CANTON REPOSITORY TODAY PUBLISHED THE OBITUARY OF JIM’S FATHER WHO DIED AT AGE 97. THE ARTICLE ONLY MADE AN INDIRECT REFERENCE TO JIM AS “A SON PASSING BEFORE HIM.” TO READ THE OBIT GO TO LEGACY.COM OR THE CANTONREP.COM AND CLICK ON OBITUARIES.
    WHAT A LONG TIME TO CARRY SUCH A BURDEN. I FEEL SORRY FOR THIS MAN.

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  17. Imelda Perez and Aurora Pena is the Frick and Frack of McDonald’s injured victims. Joshua P. Coleman is very much alive and he is working as an ironworker.

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  18. Here is the list of injured victims in the McDonald’s:
    Juan Acosta Tokano, John L. Arnold, Anthony Alan Atkins, Joshua P. Coleman, Guadalupe Del Rio Reyes, Larry G. Dicks, Astalfo Felix Cejundo, Karlita Maria Felix Flores, Maricela Flores (Durante) de Felix, Ronald Hector Herrera, Alberto Hale Leos, Francisco Jesus “Poco” Lopez, Jr., Aurora Pena, Imelda Perez, Maria Leticia Hernandez de Rivera, Mireya Rivera, Keith Thomas, Arthur Velasquez, Kenneth Villegas

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  19. HEY V.E.G!
    Laurence Herman Gus Versluis, was not black. You have wrong information. I am a nephew.

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  20. Kurt, for your information, visit http://www.familysearch.org/eng/search/AF/pedigree_view.asp?recid=36306037&familyid=9818031&frompage=99. There is a John Thomas Grinstead. That Grinstead is a descendent of William Grinstead and his wife Elizabeth Key Grinstead.

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  21. Vasili E Grinstead would know

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  22. Jerry, my last name is not Grinstead. I put initials there and I want to remain anonymous.

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  23. V.E.G — I have a personal question for you regarding this shooting and its survivors. Please contact me at franscellr (at) aol (dot) com

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  24. Hi, Seeing your blog broght back some memories of my teen years when Jim Huberty lived in Massillon. I went to Jr High one block from where he lived on 6th st N.E. on the corner of Federal st.
    I remember one day, some fellow classmates and I, being confronted by Huberty while walking passed his house and he threatened to kill anyone who stepped one foot in his grass. Although we gave this man a hard time, none of us dared to try. I look back and and what if we did? More than likely, we might had made the news 10 years earlier.

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  25. Larry G. Dicks, the survivor of McDonald’s massacre, went Home to be with the Lord on March 21, 2009.

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  26. V.E.G.,

    that’s impressive you follow this incident so closely. Were you a victim or know someone involved. i have followed your postings from various random sites while doing research on the McDonald’s Massacre of 1984. How is it you know so much about this incident, even the ancestry of the 21 victims. I haven’t verified everything but you appear to be right. I follow the incident very closely myself and have a personal question for you about the shooting. Drop me a comment at amandahess94@gmail.com

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  27. I was wondering if anyone knows about Margarita Padilla’s family. I’m trying to locate them, as I was raised for the first 4 years of my life by the family. I moved to Alaska just days before the massacre. If you could please drop me a message at krisstofershaw_wamu134686@yahoo.com.

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    • I just wanted to update my post to advise that I have been in contact with the family, and to find out that it makes so much sense as to why I was so close to this very special person and her family. This family took care of me for 7 years. Not 4, as I had thought. I also want to thank those for helping to reunite me with the family.

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  28. Keith Thomas, Hi I was a childhood friend of Keith Thomas who was shot twice in the wrists.Would anybody have any idea how to find Keith or where he might be contacted?

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  29. Hi Robert, I’m Keith’s mom, How do you know him?? Let me know,

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  30. Robert, in case they don’t pass my email along,it’s
    nanipooh50@gmail.com Thanks, nancy (Keith’s mom)

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  31. I have no idea if Keith Thomas is living in either Washington state or California.

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  32. Hello VEG. Karlita Felis was best friend in 6th grade. She’s a stikingly beautifly young lady and once I got to know her, she opened up about her involvement in the McDonald’s shooting and showed me her scars on her body and scalp. How did you know she was alive and well? Karlita left my school when she was in 7th grade. I never heard from her.

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  33. Also, I will admit, she is not named in any of the other survivor lists I had found online via google search. I shamefully admit, I doubted her involvement at one point. . . why is she not listed on other survivor lists? Wasn’t she the youngest survivor?

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  34. where can i view the old mcdonalds site pics and the education building that is now in its place? I cant find the monuments in front, when i searched the education center building…It doesnt show the monuments in the front of the college…?????

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  35. my father is juan acosta takano one of the survivors i will like to know more about the deal the survivers got from mcdonalls somebody knows???

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  36. I have a question, I know a guy who claims to have been a victim/survivor, but I do not see his name on any of the list above. He has serious personal problems. I understand there were 19 surivors, is there an updated list for this. I am trying to get him the help he needs and want to make sure this is the tragity he has faced.

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    • Susie microfische the newspaper archives at the main library the best list has a face picture to go with every name.of all involved. No archives go to the library of Congress, Hope you’re doing okay.

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  37. I was one of the Police SWAT officers on the entry team that went into the restaurant seconds after Huberty was shot. I spent 30 minutes inside with the victims clearing the upstairs and downstairs. I will never forget what I saw and felt.

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  38. Hi everyone.
    I just lost a family member in that awful Co theatre shooting.
    I will be creating a webpage called, “The Sands of Time” honoring my nephew, and others. I would also like to add photos of the McDonald’s victims (No graphic, or newspaper images.) to my site. I was told that each of the victims photo appeared in a San Diego paper after the awful tragedy. If any of you would like your loved ones remembered, please send me a photo of them, and a bio on them. They can be sent to orangenblack@carolina.rr.com
    Thank you…blessings to you all.

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