The Sanchez File


The Probate Proceedings on the drowning of José Maria Sánchez at the Pájaro River, Christmas Eve, 1852 and the Conspiracy in Monterey County to plunder the estate of his widow Encarnación Ortega.

Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five
Encarnacion's first  husband drowns Mystery of Sanchez drowning Sanchez and Encarnacion Ortega The New York Volunteers The conspiracy begins in Monterey 
Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten
Encarnacion's second husband killed. The Blacksmith's admission of conspiracy Roach steals $65,000 from cattle sale David S. Terry hired as attorney Roach jailed in Stockton
Chapter Eleven Chapter Twelve Chapter Thirteen Chapter Fourteen Chapter Fifteen
Encarnacion's third  husband murdered Encarnacion sells her estate to fourth husband for $5 The crooked Monterey probate judge Lewis Belcher murdered in Monterey Roach murdered in Watsonville
Chapter Sixteen Chapter Seventeen Epilogue Appendix A Appendix B
Sanchez children marry Children sell ranchos to Miller and Lux Terry murdered. Sad fate of children Inventory of the Sanchez Estate Record of Roach sales of estate
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