JOSE GONZALEZ – CDC# B-94419
PAROLE HEARING DATE: FEBRUARY 24, 2015 – 8:30 A.M.
The family of murder victims James and Essie Effron, has requested our help in keeping the murderer behind bars where he belongs. They have prepared a petition at Change.org and would be most grateful for your support. This petition provides a section for personal comments and reasons for opposition.
JAMES AND ESSIE EFFRON
By Their Son, Gary Effron
James Effron was born in Kentucky and moved with his family to San Diego. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and was on his way to becoming a doctor when he had to curtail his studies to help his parents run their store in San Diego, Effron’s Clothing Store.
During World War II, James served in the Army and became a lieutenant. After James’ discharge, he continued working at Effron’s. No one could imagine then that, many years later, the store would be the place where James and his wife, Essie, would be murdered.
Essie was born in England and her family moved to Los Angeles when she was a teenager. She and James got married when they were in their early twenties and they had two children, Gary (who is now an attorney) and Cheryl (a medical doctor).
“James and Essie were a devoted father and mother who dedicated their lives to the well-being of their children.”
Gary and Cheryl describe their years with their parents in glowing terms. James and Essie were a devoted father and mother who dedicated their lives to the well-being of their children. The family was close-knit and loving, with none of the violence or other problems that so often plague families today.
After Gary and Cheryl grew up and moved out of the house, Essie joined her husband working at the store. By then, James’ father had died and James and Essie operated the business on their own.
In 1977, Essie was diagnosed with cancer and had to have abdominal surgery. Not knowing what the future state of her health would be, she and James made a decision to close down the store so that they could spend all of their time together. They then began a going-out-of-business sale.
To help with the sale, an individual named Jose Gonzalez was hired as a salesman. After the store closed for the day on November 21, 1977, Gonzalez and some of his friends forced James and Essie to go down to the basement, where they were tied up and bludgeoned to death.
At that time, Effron’s had been in business for 54 years. The store had become an institution in San Diego and so had James and Essie, where they were known for their kindness, their integrity and their concern for their customers as individuals. In a matter of minutes, all of that came to an end, as did the dreams which James and Essie shared of spending their retirement years together.
The viciousness of Jose Gonzalez and his accomplices also deprived Gary and Cheryl of the love and support of their parents and prevented their own children from getting to know their grandparents. For the oldest of those children, who were very young when their grandparents were killed, James and Essie are just distant memories. For Gary and Cheryl’s youngest children, who were born after their grandparents were murdered, James and Essie can never be anything more than the photographs they see on the walls.
For all of this, Jose Gonzalez was convicted of the murders and sentenced to life imprisonment, however, he continues to pursue release at each of his parole hearings. Gonzalez’s accomplices in this brutal and senseless crime were never brought to trial.