Cellphone Leads Investigators to the Suspect in the Sachs Family Murder

The Orange County Grand Jury transcripts reveal new details.

Ashton Colby Sachs booking photo. Courtesy the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Ashton Colby Sachs booking photo. Courtesy the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Detailed allegations emerged today, showing how investigators linked Ashton Sachs to the murder of his parents in a San Juan Capistrano mansion in February.

Transcripts for the Orange County Grand Jury, which indicted Sachs last month, reveal that it was the 20-year-old's cell phone that put him on investigators' radar, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The transcripts offer several new revelations, including:

  • Sachs researched several online articles about the different degrees of murder
  • He made arrangements to have his car transported back to Seattle
  • Once inside his parents' home and armed with a rifle, he paced for 15 minutes, contemplating whether he could really follow through
  • He shot his mom eight times, his dad seven times, then went to his 8-year-old brother's room, shooting the boy twice and leaving him paralyzed. He shot at his sister once, but missed
  • After the shooting, he went to his parents' business, where a taxi shuttled him to John Wayne Airport; the then caught a plane back to Seattle 
  • He arranged for a service to transport his Prius back to Seattle

The Times wrote:

Justin Montano, an investigator with the Orange County Sheriff's Department, testified that Sachs told authorities that he had been feeling “horrible,” believing he had messed up his life, and wanted to kill his parents because he blamed them for how he felt.

“He said that he felt like his parents didn’t trust him and that he was the least favorite child out of the family,” Montano testified.

Read the entire story here.

rl July 09, 2014 at 12:56 PM
Ashton said he messed up his life. My friend Linda said the exact same thing before she threw herself under a truck on the freeway. He was depressed. He was always starved for love and attention. Very sad for everyone.
concerned parent July 09, 2014 at 04:54 PM
Ashton messed up HIS life? How about the life of his little brother who's paralyzed? Or his sisters who have to deal with this? Or his dead parents? There's a big difference between someone like your friend who kills herself and a mass murderer who plotted the deaths of his family.
Claudia July 09, 2014 at 08:30 PM
This whole story is very tragic and horribly sad. After reading this article, it sounds as if this son has a serious jealousy issue regarding his parents love and his other siblings. I hope we will learn more about his motives as the story unfolds. In reality, jealousy is a very strong and negative emotion. As we just witnessed here, it is capable of killing an entire family (physically and emotionally). Just so sad...
Brainwashed_In_Church July 10, 2014 at 12:15 PM
"...a serious jealousy issue...." When does an "issue" become a "problem"? Don't we have "problems" anymore? Are they simply "issues"?
rl July 10, 2014 at 12:31 PM
The parents were very narcissistic especially the mother. I know this for a fact because her mother was. Do you have any idea what it's like to be raised by narcissistic parents?


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