San Juan Capistrano Murder Victims Identified

Dead are divorcees Andra and Brad Sachs, who owned and lost several businesses.

The crime scene on Peppertree Bend in San Juan Capistrano where Andra and Brad Sachs' bodies were found. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
The crime scene on Peppertree Bend in San Juan Capistrano where Andra and Brad Sachs' bodies were found. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.

Officials have identified the couple murdered in their San Juan Capistrano home Sunday morning as Andra and Bradford Sachs.

“It appears Bradford and Andra were divorced but were residing together at the time of their death,” said an Orange County Sheriff’s Department press release. “Homicide investigators have not identified a suspect at this stage of the investigation but continue to explore all possibilities.”

Just before 2 a.m. Sunday, emergency personnel received a call of unknown trouble at 32271 Peppertree Bend. Firefighters arrived and declared the Sachses dead at the scene. An 8-year-old was seriously injured and transferred to Mission Hospital, where he remains, according to the press release.

Bradford Hans Sachs was 57. Andra Resa Sachs was 54. In 2012 email correspondence with Patch, she called herself Andie. She said she was divorced in 2002.

The Sachs faced business challenges, starting several companies, including Flashcom Inc.—a now-defunct provider of high-speed Internet service, and also defunct Jungle Motors, which aimed to convert cars running on gasoline to hybrids or electric vehicles.

In 2011, the state listed Andra on a list of people who owed significant amount of taxes, in her case, $1.15 million.

By 2012, her name was removed from that list.

“The amount due is highly in dispute and contested,” she told Patch two years ago.  She also said she had nothing to do with Jungle Motors, despite her name appearing on company press releases

Anyone with information at the murders is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7044. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.

bbq February 10, 2014 at 08:24 PM
After reading about them (if true), it sounds like the police will have a harder time trying to figure out who DIDN'T do it!
GreenInOC February 10, 2014 at 08:35 PM
She listed herself as affiliated with Jungle Motors on her LinkedIn page (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/andra-sachs/24/858/7a6). She also applied for a Conditional Use Permit with the city in 2008 listing herself as "Jungle Motors"(http://sanjuancapistrano.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=11514). Tangled web.
Marie Walker Riddle February 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM
So, so sad... I just am thinking about the 5 children they left behind. Also, thinking about who could have hurt an 8-year old boy and changed his life forever. This is SO close to home because I live nearby and know other families on this street. I would love to see some support for the remaining family despite what others say or post about the parents.
Shirley Dicktor February 10, 2014 at 11:32 PM
Marie Walker Riddle, There may be support, just give this a few days...it's a horrendous thing for everyone to come to terms with.
Donna Fleming February 11, 2014 at 12:27 AM
Yes, Shirley...this is a horrendous thing to happen in our neighborhood. We did not know if someone was hiding, was it a robbery, so many questions? How could this happen in our quiet neighborhood? This is a shock.
shelly February 11, 2014 at 12:38 AM
Marie, I so agree with you. So, so sad.
MayMom February 11, 2014 at 09:45 AM
It is a terrible thing that happened to them. We need to be sensitive to the children in this whole mess.
mary whitmer February 11, 2014 at 12:29 PM
God bless those children with both parents gone, and the little boy who is now paralyzed. None of them deserved this in their young lives, and will have to live with this nightmare forever. It is heartbreaking!
CHK February 11, 2014 at 04:05 PM
It's time to remember that this couple are murder victims and their young son is severely injured. They all are members of a family who love them and mourn their loss...as a community, let's concentrate on that. Let the police and the courts handle the rest....what good does idle speculation and gossip about this family do for now? Many of us who have survived the economic crisis of the past few years have been through similar dire straits; that doesn't make us deserving of murder any more than it did for the Sachs family....only the perpetrator knows for sure why he/she did it......
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 11, 2014 at 04:10 PM
I posted another story that gives a glimpse into Brad Sachs' life (nothing lurid ... Brad was a member of a Chicago tribute band) http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/groups/obituaries/p/murder-victims-side-job-leading-a-chicago-tribute-band
Donna Fleming February 11, 2014 at 04:33 PM
Does anyone know if these kids have family, beyond their parents?
Anita Holloway February 11, 2014 at 04:57 PM
They come from a very large and loving family. There will be lots of love and support in these kids futures as there has always been in their past.
Annie K February 11, 2014 at 09:59 PM
Thank you, Penny, for researching a little further than simple Google searches and posting another side (the jazz band) of this couple. This couple, this family, was much more than a Google Search. I know it's all most of us have to go on, but I appreciate reporters who take the time to actually . . . investigate and report. Five lovely children have lost their devoted parents, and - in truth - we're not "helping the authorities" with our simplistic Googling. We're just satisfying our own quest to find answers, maybe. But I am sad for the children who see their parents reduced to Internet fodder. These parents were fierce protectors of their children, and loved them endlessly. I appreciate the curiosity. But I find the conclusions sad.
Donna Fleming February 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM
It only takes one person to call that police hot line because they remember something. A threat, or a suspicious car, to perhaps lead the police to someone who did this. Someone gained access to their home.
Sue Turner February 12, 2014 at 12:47 AM
Despite the Sach's being bad mouthed by the press for their "business dealings" I am sure that they loved their children & did not deserved to be "executed" by someone!!!! How sad that someone could do such a horrific thing....This sickening act of violence has altered the lives of so many innocents for the rest of their lives!
Laura Villa February 14, 2014 at 01:22 AM
I personally know this family and the media does not share that Brad was fighting Parkinson's disease, that Andra went thru the rigorous scrutiny to adopt her two youngest children 8 years ago, they care for shelters dogs, brad was laid back and played in a band...and lastly...they loved all their children very much. They were environmentally conscious and were committed to growing good business and a loving family.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 14, 2014 at 01:26 AM
Hi Laura. Thank you for sharing. Here's my story about Brad being in a band. http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/groups/obituaries/p/murder-victims-side-job-leading-a-chicago-tribute-band ========= And I'm an adoptive mom, too. Yes, the background check is EXTREME. Easier to become president (ha!) than an adoptive parent.
MayMom February 14, 2014 at 11:20 AM
Laura, thank you for bringing this information to the readers. So many are quick to judge without caring about the back story.
BronxBrawler February 14, 2014 at 01:43 PM
CDM March 07, 2014 at 07:17 PM
Yes Anita, these kids are loving, considering the eldest son loved his parents to death by shooting them dead. Oh yeah, he loved his brother into a wheelchair for life.


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