Couple's slaying in multimillion-dollar O.C. home a mystery

Orange County sheriff's officials said they have no suspects and are "exploring all possibilities" in the slaying of a divorced couple in an upscale San Juan Capistrano home.

An 8-year-old boy who was also at the home was hospitalized with serious injuries.


Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jeff Hallock said Bradford Hans Sachs, 57, and Andra Resa Sachs, 54, were found dead inside the home at 32271 Peppertree Bend a little before 2 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities went to the home after a 911 call reporting "unknown trouble," KTLA News reported.

Neighborhood residents said they were alarmed and searching for answers Monday to what might have happened inside the multimillion-dollar home.  

The Sachs had five children, two of whom are older and out of the house, neighbor Patty Bonin said. The family would ride bikes around the neighborhood and sometimes took an RV out on vacations, she said.

“They were just really nice people,” she said. “It’s just really a mystery.”

According to public records, the Sachses were landlords in San Juan Capistrano and owned properties in other areas.

Chris Knuth, owner of Star Motors in San Juan Capistrano, rented one of their offices in the city.

“They were always nice, courteous and helpful to us,” he said. “They always seemed happy to see us grow.”

The Orange County Register reported the couple were the targets of multiple civil lawsuits over the years, including a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by a former tenant.

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