Not Lost Forever: My Story of Survival by Carmina Salcido and Steve Jackson

Posted: October 1, 2009 in Books

 

About the book from publisher HarperCollins webpage:

Not Lost Forever by true crime vet Steve Jackson and Carmina Salcido is Salcido’s remarkable story of survival and healing following the 1989 murderous rampage by her father, Mexican immigrant Ramon Salcido in the wine country of Sonoma Valley, California. Left for dead at three years old—her throat brutally slashed—Carmina miraculously survived what is widely considered one of California’s most notorious crimes: the unthinkable attack that savagely destroyed seven innocent lives, including her entire family. At once a harrowing true crime story and the inspirational first-person account of a young girl’s strength, heart, and determination in the nightmare’s aftermath, Not Lost Forever is a shocking and profoundly moving tale of perseverance and hope, and of a precious life regained.

Twenty years ago, one man’s murderous rampage destroyed his own family . . . and devastated a community. Now the only survivor—his daughter—tells her story at last.

On April 14, 1989, for reasons still debated today, Mexican immigrant Ramón Salcido went on a violent rampage in the idyllic Sonoma Valley wine country where he lived and worked. In the course of just two hours, he killed his wife, Angela, her two younger sisters, his mother-in-law, and the man with whom he suspected Angela was having an affair. He then slashed the throats of his three young daughters—four-year-old Sophia, three-year-old Carmina, and twenty-two-month-old Teresa—leaving them for dead in the county dump. A little more than a day later, the bodies of his daughters were discovered. Miraculously, tiny Carmina was still alive and able to tell her rescuers, "My daddy cut me."

In Not Lost Forever, Carmina Salcido explores the events surrounding these headline-making murders with extraordinary clarity and composure. Reaching back to understand the events that traumatized her in childhood—and weaving them together with the recollections of detectives and witnesses—she reconstructs the story of her father’s crimes, and their aftermath, in sobering detail.

Yet Carmina’s story doesn’t end there. Those who remember her as the tiny victim of these murders will also be shocked by what followed: how she was adopted by a Catholic extremist family who tried to change her name and bury her past; how she tried to escape their sheltering influence by joining a Carmelite convent and then a ranch for troubled girls; and how the psychological trials she endured along the way nearly broke her spirit—until, at last, she found peace by turning to the one relative still alive to share her grief: her grandfather.

As a young woman, Carmina returned to California to share her experiences and discover the family that was brutally taken from her. The devout Catholic also returned to look into her father’s eyes on death row and confront the man who took away her entire family. With clear-eyed candor, courage, and grace, this brave young woman takes readers along on her miraculous journey of survival, discovery, and hope.

Oct. 16 ABC’s 20/20 will do an hour-long broadcast featuring Steve Jackson’s co-author Carmina Salcido, the heroine of the book, and of course the tome itself…they hope.

The book debuts in bookstores on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009.

Not Lost Forever: My Story of Survival by Carmina Salcido, Steve Jackson

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Comments
  1. Ex-Salem says:

    Oh, so that is what he has been doing lately.That might actually be interesting to read if it is more about Carmina’s life, because I also grew up without a father.

  2. Rob says:

    The book debuts in bookstores on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009. I edited the above post to include that. Steve comments on his Facebook page that he hopes to one day convince a publisher on the Francke story. Maybe having his work published by one of the big houses now will help.

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