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Calif. mass killer commits suicide in jail

IONE, Calif., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The killer of a Santa Cruz County, Calif., eye surgeon, his wife, two sons and secretary has committed suicide in prison, state officials say.

Prison spokeswoman Michelle Hamilton said John Linley Frazier, 62, killed himself last week at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, Calif.

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Frazier was convicted of the Oct. 19, 1970, slayings of Dr. Victor Ohta, a 45-year-old eye surgeon who lived in the San Lorenzo Valley overlooking Monterey Bay; his wife, Virginia, 43; their sons, Derrick, 12, and Taggart, 11, and Ohta's secretary, Dorothy Cadwallader, 38, the newspaper said.

The bodies were all found floating in the surgeon's backyard swimming pool. Police said the victims were bound with silk and shot to death, while a note was found pinned to the doctor's Mercedes-Benz threatening to declare World War III against "materialism" and "persons who misuse the natural environment."

The Chronicle reported Frazier pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but was convicted and sentenced to death, which was changed to life in prison after the death penalty was abolished for a time. It said two other Ohta children were away at school when the murders happened, noting that one of them committed suicide in 1977.

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