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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was 1991 case of family slain in Sacramento home solved?

This crime occurred in 1990 or 1991. A family of three, including an elementary school girl, were killed. We lived at the time on Fifth Avenue, and the crime occurred on the street behind us, Robertson Way, between Muir Way and Santa Buena Way. I was wondering if the crime was ever solved.

– Greg, Fresno

The January 1991 slaying of family of three at a home on Robertson Way, described by police as “Sacramento’s Charles Manson case” for its brutality, remains unsolved.

Over the weekend of Jan. 14, someone shot to death Michael Jacobs, 33, his wife Marcy, 31, and Marcy’s 9-year-old daughter, Jennifer. One of Marcy Jacobs’ co-workers at the state Department of Justice, where she was a data entry technician, discovered the bodies after she failed to show up for work and phone calls to the home went unanswered.

According to stories in The Bee, Michael, a carpenter, was found in the closed garage near an open and empty safe, dead from gunshot wounds to the head. His wife, shot in the face in the living room, apparently ran to the bathroom and tried to shield herself with the door, but was stabbed before she died. Jennifer, a fourth-grader at nearby Crocker Riverside Elementary School, was shot in the head. Police found her in a back bedroom.

Police found no weapons, and neighbors reported hearing nothing unusual.

Among the little evidence was the safe, which Michael Jacobs was keeping for a longtime friend. That friend, Richard “Ricky” McCarthy, a convicted felon, had disappeared a few months earlier, shortly after serving time in Yolo County jail for possession of methamphetamine and carrying a concealed weapon. During their investigation, detectives were variously told that it had contained up to $300,000 in cash, a small fortune in freshly mined gold nuggets or a huge stash of methamphetamine.

Investigators took another look at the case in 2008 and submitted evidence for DNA testing, hoping the new technology would yield new information.