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September 9, 1982
Despondency Over Arrest May have Triggered Deaths
The murder-suicide of a Concord man and his seven-year-old son was apparently triggered by the man's despondency over a recent arrest, according to sheriff's deputies, who said a note was left where the bodies were found Thursday morning.
The bodies of Richard Ronald Vining, 34, of Concord, and his son, Jeremiah Alexander Vining, were found in the back of a camper truck at about 1 p.m. Thursday by two men three miles east of Highway 1 at Garrapata Creek, about 10 miles south of Carmel, deputies said.
According to deputies, Vining had driven to a family cabin on Garrapata Creek Tuesday night. He and the boy went to sleep in the back of the camper Wednesday night after Vining had rigged a hose from the engine exhaust of the truck to the camper and left the motor running.
Contra Costa County Sheriff's deputies Friday refused to release information concerning Vining's previous arrest.
The two bodies were taken to the Paul Mortuary in Pacific Grove where private memorial services and cremation are pending.
Richard Vining was born Dec. 2, 1947, in Carmel, and had been a contractor and in the construction business for the past 14 years. He lived in Concord the past four years.
He grew up in Pacific Grove, attended Pacific Grove High School, and was a Navy veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Kaaren; parents, Ronald and Selma of Pacific Grove; brothers, David of Marina and Robert and Walter, both of Pacific Grove; sisters, Dorothy, Bonnie and Heidi Vining, Sharon Pashin and Christine Glasby, all of Pacific Grove and his stepson, Donnie Quist of Concord.