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Cathy and Raul Sarinana sentenced to death for murder of young brothers Conrad and Ricky Morales

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Raul and Cathy Sarinana were sentenced to death for abusing and murdering Conrad and Ricky Morales. Pic credit: Riverside County Sheriff’s Office

Raul Ricardo Sarinana and Cathy Sarinana spent months abusing their two nephews 14-year-old Conrad and 11-year-old Ricky Morales. In the space of a few months, both boys were murdered.

On Christmas Day 2005, in Corona, California, Raul Ricardo repeatedly kicked Ricky so hard that he died a short time later of his injuries alone in a closet. The boy’s crime had been to throw up his dinner.

Just a few months earlier, Sarinana had also murdered Ricky’s older brother Conrad in their mobile home in Randle, Washington, where the family had lived prior to relocating to Corona.

Conrad and Ricky’s mother had sent them away for a better life

The boys’ mother had sent them to live with the Sarinanas the year before, thinking that they would have a better life with their aunt and uncle. She wanted them removed from her problems with drugs and the law.

The Sarinanas moved to Corona, California, with their two children and Ricky in October 2005. They brought a U-haul full of belongings, which included the remains of Conrad, which were encased in concrete in a trash can.

When police finally went to investigate the home of the Sarinanas, they discovered walls and ceilings covered in splattered blood. Ricky’s emaciated body was found covered with wounds and bruises, some of which were months old.

Police then learned of Conrad, who had been living with the family in Washington but had been reported missing just before they left.

In June 2009, The Sarinanas were sentenced to death in June for torturing and murdering Ricky. Washington state officials decided not to pursue the Sarinanas for killing Conrad in their state as the two killers had already received the death penalty.

More from Investigation Discovery

Follow the links to read about more murders profiled on ID.

Previously on If I Should Die, the team investigated the case of Candice Parchment, a 15-year-old Georgia teen who was murdered and left under a mattress in the woods. He murder went unsolved for two years until her diary was discovered; a disturbing entry pointed the finger at her killer.

Edgar Whitney strangled his wife while she lay sleeping in her bed; he then dumped Jodie Whitney’s remains in a nearby swamp. Edgar played the role of a grieving widow for one week until a suicide attempt led to a confession.

If I Should Die airs Thursday, April 16 at 9/8c on Investigation Discovery.

Jerry was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, but is now based in the UK. He specializes in true crime and entertainment news stories. When... read more
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