Mass Murder in California’s Empty Quarter

A Tale of Tribal Treachery at the Cedarville Rancheria


“In Mass Murder in California’s Empty Quarter, Ray A. March has written not just a compelling account of an otherwise little-noted mass murder on a Native American reservation in Northern California. He has made that brutal murder the starting point for a sensitive, complex and thoroughly researched study of the politics and sociology of Native American life in 21st century, small town America. In the course of telling this remarkable story, March investigates, with a keen and knowing eye, the underlying causes of the murder as well as its many ramifications — for the murderer and others directly or indirectly involved in the case, including members of the murderer’s family and tribe as well as assorted lawyers, judges, and even the Bureau of Indian Affairs.”

—Stanley Cloud, author and former Washington bureau chief of Time magazine.

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