Twenty years ago -- a vicious massacre shattered the calm of California's beautiful wine country. A 28-year-old vineyard worker went on a killing spree that crossed Sonoma county -- ambushing co-workers, murdering his wife, slashing his in-laws, cutting the throats of his three young daughters and leaving them for dead in a garbage dump.
Seven people died that day, but Ramon Salcido's tiny 3-year old daughter, Carmina, managed to survive 36 hours in the garbage dump before she was rescued.
Carmina Salcido's story is not only a tale of survival but of how the massacre affected others, including the detective who investigated it, a reporter who tracked the murderer's trail across 30 miles of wine country and the doctors and nurses who saved Carmina's life and nurtured her back to health.
Read a poem from ABC News Correspondent Jay Schadler.
what we all want to forget
But only after we hear the story
one more time. So...
Blood and grapes
stain the Valley of the Moon
Red runs down field to furniture
robbing life…as the sun steals the fog
he took the babies first
Her sisters silently screaming like Lechter's lambs.
Daddy is Hannibal
He's mad of course
depriving her of apology or explanation
But that's a later wound
now it's a silver quick slash
just a photograph away from freedom
her final close-up... at an ATM machine
All goes down the dream tunnel
A memory corpse
Slaughters are buried
till the survivor...starts remembering
And returns to the Valley of the Moon
For what? To remember, of course. And forget
Watch "20/20" Friday at 10 p.m. ET to hear her story of her survival and CLICK HERE to read an excerpt of her book, "Not Lost Forever: My Story."