Sweetheart Murders


Looking Back At The ‘Sweetheart Murders’ Case

In the winter of 1980, two UC Davis freshmen, John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves, were abducted and murdered. The case became known as the sweetheart murders.



Judge Sentences 1980 ‘Sweethearts’ Killer Richard Hirschfield To Death

The judge in the “Sweetheart Murders” case has agreed with the jury’s recommendation that Richard Hirschfield should be put to death for murdering two young college students more than 30 years ago.


Richard Hirschfield (credit: CBS13)

UPDATE: Jury Recommends Death Penalty For Hirschfield In ‘Sweetheart Murders’

It took the jury less than a day to decide on the death penalty for Richard Hirschfield, the man convicted of killing two UC Davis students 32 years ago.



Jurors To Decide Life In Prison Or Death For Richard Hirschfield

he fate of Richard Hirschfield is in the hands of a jury asked to decide whether the “Sweetheart Murders” convicted killer should spend the rest of his life in prison or be executed.


Richard Hirschfield is on trial for the murder of two UC Davis students 32 years ago. (credit: CBS13)

Hirschfield Found Guilty Of ‘Sweetheart Murders’ 32 Years After Killings

The jury in the trial of alleged “Sweetheart Murders” killer, Richard Hirschfield, has reached a guilty verdict.


Richard Hirschfield is on trial for the murder of two UC Davis students 32 years ago. (credit: CBS13)

Jury To Start Deliberations In ‘Sweetheart Murders’ Case

The defense tried one last time Friday to convince a jury the man on trial for the “Sweetheart Murders” three decades ago didn’t do it.


Richard Hirschfield

‘Sweetheart Murders’ Trial Defense: DNA Is Not Everything

The defense began their closing argument Thursday in the “Sweetheart Murders” trial, and they claim the wrong man is on trial.


John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves (credit: CBSNews.com)

Prosecutor Gives Emotional Closing Argument In ‘Sweetheart Murders’ Case

Hoping to tap into the emotions of the jury, prosecutor Dawn Bladet gave a passionate and compelling closing argument Wednesday as to why she believes Richard Hirschfield is a cold-blooded rapist and killer.


John Riggins and Sabrina Gonsalves (credit: CBSNews.com)

After 32 Years, ‘Sweetheart Murder’ Case Goes To Trial

Three decades after two UC Davis students were murdered a suspect in the case is finally going to trial.