Charlene Williams Gallego was part of the first known husband and wife duo of serial killers, often referred to in the news as the “sex slave killers”. Tonight CBS 13 is expected to reveal that the convicted murderer is living back in Sacramento and asking local people and businesses for donations.
According to her own testimony, Williams and common-law husband Gerald Gallego were involved in ten murders in California, Oregon and Nevada between 1978 and 1980. Some victims were reportedly lured into the couple’s van, hog-tied, raped and later shot or bludgeoned.
The victims were all young people, the youngest being 13 year old Sandra Colley. Linda Aguilar, 21, was pregnant when she was reportedly abducted, raped and strangled to death.
According to the U.S Court of Appeals, Williams agreed to testify against her husband and to plead guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. Gerald Gallego was found guilty and was given the death penalty which was later commuted to a life sentence. He died of cancer in 2002
In return she was granted transactional immunity in California, Nevada and Oregon for the other eight murders. She served 16 years and 8 months prison time in Nevada and was released in 1997.
Many believe that Williams is now using the name Mary Martinez. Martinez lives in a 3-bedroom home on a one-half acre in Fair Oaks with her current husband Daniel Martinez. They solicit money and other donations for two organizations they run, Heart of the Matter and Gold Country for the Troops.
Martinez says they created Heart of the Matter as a 501c3 nonprofit organization to offer foster care for animals of deployed military personnel.
A 501c3 is an IRS designation that gives an organization tax-exempt status and allows donors to get tax deductions for some donations.
According to IRS rules for the operation of 501c3 charities, private individuals such as the charity’s creator can not have any of the net earnings for their personal use.
Valid nonprofits are given an EIN (employer identification number), a nine-digit number assigned to the organization by the IRS.
Status as a tax exempt charity is a matter of public record and can be verified with the IRS by phone or online.
Several Sacramento residents and businesses have been unable to verify the validity of the EIN numbers Heart of the Matter or Gold Country for the Troops have used in advertisements and event postings.