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Santos Linguisa Factory - Scene of Triple Homicide

Santos Linguisa Sausage Factory
On June 21, 2000, Stuart Alexander, 39, (known as the "Sausage King") killed two USDA inspectors and a state inspector when they attempted to conduct an inspection at his Santos Linguisa sausage factory at 1746 Washington Avenue in San Leandro. Prior to the murders, Alexander made a failed bid for San Leandro mayor in 1998 and was charged with beating Clifford Berg, his neighbor, in 1996. At the time of the murders, there was a large sign posted at the front of the factory stating, "To all of our great customers, the USDA is coming into our plant harassing my employees and me, making it impossible to make our great product. Gee, if all meat plants could be in business for 79 years without one complaint, the meat inspectors would not have jobs. Therefore we are taking legal action against them." U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors Jean Hillery, 56, and Tom Quadros, 52, and state Department of Food and Agriculture Inspector Bill Shaline, 57, were killed. State Inspector Earl Willis escaped as Alexander chased him down the street.

On October 19, 2004, Stuart Alexander was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder, making him eligible for the death penalty.

On December 14, 2004, a jury condemned Alexander to death. See the original story, which has this 1998 photo of Alexander:

Stuart Alexander

On February 15, 2005, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Vernon Nakahara agreed with the jury and sentenced Alexander to death.

On Tuesday, December 27, 2005, Alexander was found in his San Quentin prison cell. According to the results of an autopsy performed by the Marin County Coroner's office, Alexander died of a pulmonary embolism.