Carmina Salcido will be one of the ‘Kids of Killers’ featured on an upcoming E! special, and her tragic tale definitely might give her an advantage when it comes to going a long way on ‘American Idol’. According to Monsters and Critics, the E! special ‘Kids of Killers’ airs on October 6, 2010 at 10PM ET and will focus on three different women whose parents were murderers, and Carmina Salcido’s story is definitely one of the show’s most shocking. So will she turn her life around by telling her tale on ‘Kids of Killers’ and becoming one of the big stars of ‘American Idol’ during the new season of the popular show?
Carmina Salcido’s story will definitely win her some sympathy votes on ‘American Idol’, as viewers will be happy to hear her singing at all after learning her tragic and terrifying tale. Carmina Salcido is the daughter of a cold-hearted killer named Ramon Salcido. However, as Carmina Salcido will relate on ‘Kids of Killers’, when her father went on a murderous rampage, he didn’t just target anyone; he went after those closest to him, including his own family.
As ABC.com reports, Carmina Salcido was just three years old when her father attacked her entire family, killing his wife and slashing the throats of his three young daughters in Sonoma County. Ramon Salcido disposed of their bodies in a garbage dump, and, miraculously, Carmina Salcido survived. Ramon Salcido killed a total of seven people during his murderous wine country rampage, also murdering some of his co-workers and in-laws.
Even though she was so young, Carmina Salcido can recall horrible details of the day she saw her father slash the throats her sisters, including begging him not to cut her and how there was no crying, describing the scene like lambs being slaughtered. When she was found, she remembers freezing up in fear that the man approaching her was her father returning, thinking that she would be safe if she played dead. Doctors were astounded that the three-year-old with a slashed throat survived for 36 hours before being discovered.
Ramon Salcido was later apprehended in Mexico, admitting to the murders but making sure it was known that felt no remorse for them. Ramon Salcido was sentenced to death for the murder of seven people, and is currently on death row in San Quentin.
Carmina Salcido was adopted by a conservative family in Missouri and renamed “Cecilia”, kept sheltered and away from her past. She recalls her new family implying that she might be evil herself, sharing her father’s “demon blood”. To escape this life of being labeled at something horrible herself, she became a nun at 17, but left after less than a year to live at a ranch for troubled teen girls in Idaho.
She would later return to Sonoma County to write a book entitled “Not Lost Forever: My Story of Survival” and to do something incredibly brave: visit her father in prison. She was upset to see him smiling like a clown when he first met her, acting as if the two were going to enjoy a happy reunion as if nothing had happened. The former abusive alcoholic claimed that he had changed his ways while on death row by finding God, but Carmina Salcido evidently didn’t see a change, describing his behavior as showing no emotion at seeing her. He didn’t give her an apology or explanation for his actions.
Carmina Salcido never wants to see her dad again, and says that she will be glad once justice is served. She now makes her home in Sonoma County, the place were her horror story took place, working as a dog groomer. However, she’s currently looking to write a new chapter in her life by competing on ‘American Idol’.
On ‘Kids of Killers’, Carmina Salcido will visit her childhood home where the murder took place for the first time, according to ‘Monsters and Critics’. The cameras will also follow her to her to San Francisco, as she attempts to become the next American Idol.
According to Press Democrat, things are currently looking up for the 24-year-old. She was already quite a celebrity during the August 2010 “American Idol’ tryouts, with news crews hounding the exhausted contestant after hours of waiting for her turn to try and wow the judges. Out of the thousands that tried out in San Francisco, she was part of the handful that was chosen to go on to the next round, and I’d imagine that her story will take her far on ‘American Idol’.
But Carmina Salcido’s passion for singing might also help her advance on ‘American Idol’, as she uses it as a refuge from her painful past. Carmina Salcido feels that her family would have been very proud of her for trying out, especially her mother, who was an aspiring model. And Carmina’s singing is a talent that’s made even more moving when you see the scar on her throat, a reminder that she was almost once forever silenced.
I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from Carmina Salcido after her story on ‘Kids of Killers’ airs, one that will probably be related again on ‘American Idol’ next January. And even if she doesn’t prove to be one of the best singers on the show, it’s definitely nice to see this young woman turn her tale of terror into one that’s an inspiration for anyone who has ever faced a terrible tragedy.