See catalog by J. Hopkins (1967); autobiography (tr. 1962); M. Helm, Man of Fire (1953, repr. 1971).
Lopez-Orozco, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, earned income by distributing methamphetamines and helping his family with their farming business in Mountain Home, Idaho. His criminal record contains only an arrest during a traffic stop by Elmore County police on failure to purchase a driver's license.
After Rebecca Ramirez had separated from Lopez-Orozco, she went living in her father's home in Nyssa, Oregon. Lopez-Orozco persuaded Ramirez to meet with him, and he picked her up along with her sons with promises that they would get married or take off together. In July 2002 Becky had brought her children with her boyfriend Jorge and drove off in their car to head back to Mountain Home, where they lived.
After a few days, Becky's family started to worry because this time she did not contact her family. Investigators listed them as missing persons and the family awaited her call.
On August 11, 2002 some Sturgeon Fisherman were riding ATV's along the famed fishing section of Snake River just outside of Mountain Home, Idaho. One of them spotted a burned-out car, and they found human remains inside. DNA tests revealed that the remains were the bodies of Ramirez and her sons, Miguel and Ricardo. The car was set on fire after they had been shot.
Investigators recovered the car's license plate and tracked down its owner. He had sold the car, and he had a photocopy of the buyer's driver's license. The buyer was Jorge Lopez-Orozco. Later, investigators that Ramirez had found out that her boyfriend Jorge was actually married with children. Her friends said that Becky was planning to break up with him. Detectives have suspected this being the motive for the murders.
Lopez-Orozco's brother Simon and his wife Maria Garcia were both also charged with accessory to first degree murder. It was alleged they assisted him with fleeing the state of Idaho and helping to conceal and provide transportation for the Lopez-Orozco family. After fleeing Idaho, Simon and Maria were last seen in San Jose, California in August 2002. Maria Garcia has been captured, but Jorge and Simon Lopez-Orozco remain at large. FBI believes they are possibly residing in Mexico.