LA Forensics: The Chinatown Widow
The Ultimate Penalty
Farnum testified in his own defense during his trial.
"He denied sexually assaulting her. But that's common. He probably feels some humiliation," Rose said. "He might have been completely high and only remembers parts of it. In the prior murder he didn't remember the sexual assault either and he admitted to being very high. And there, he murdered a woman ... for no reason other than he was robbing her and she was scared and screaming, and to shut her up he murdered her."
The prosecutor on the case was Marcia Clark, of O.J. Simpson fame. Jurors had no sympathy, returning a verdict of death in February 1989. The case went through the California appellate process and in January 2003, all his appeals were denied.
"Farnum is the type of criminal that is every victim's nightmare," Rose said. "He's a criminal with no sense of morality and has no appreciation for life whatsoever. It is just as easy for him to snuff out a life as not."