Ventura Crimes: The Parking Lot Abduction & Murder of Sherri Dally

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4 min readFeb 4, 2019
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Sherri Guess and Michael Dally started dating in high school. Michael won over not only Sherri, but also her family. The couple married in 1982 and were seemingly happy for several years.

Michael found work at a Vons grocery store in Oxnard, and Sherri gave birth to their two sons and worked as a day care provider. But Michael was not exactly as he appeared.

In fact, Michael had apparently been having multiple affairs and was using cocaine regularly. By 1996, Michael appeared willing to do almost anything to get out of the marriage. Eventually, he even had a new apartment.

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While working as a deli clerk at Vons, Michael met Diana Haun, another grocery store employee. The two had a lot in common. Both had mothers from Japan and fathers who’d been in the military. Michael and Diana started an affair that was not even a little bit discreet. The two even went on vacation to Mexico. Clearly, they had no intentions of hiding their relationship.

On May 6th, 1996, Sherri drove to a Ventura Target to shop for a Mother’s Day gift. While in the parking lot, Sherri was confronted by a woman in a blonde wig and tan pantsuit, apparently claiming to be a security guard. She handcuffed Sherri and forced her into a Nissan Altima. All the while, Sherri was under the impression she was under arrest.

While Michael was supposed to be dealing with the disappearance of his wife five days earlier, he was discovered taking his jet skis to San Juan Capistrano for repairs. And Diana was with him.

Friends also reported that Michael was trying to give away his wife’s personal items almost immediately after she disappeared. It was as if he knew she was never coming back.

Unfortunately, Sherri did not come home. Her body was discovered on Cañada Larga Road almost a month after she was reported missing. She’d been stabbed several times and experienced fractures due to blunt force trauma.

Diana was an easy target for suspicion. After all, receipts for her disguise and the rental car pointed to her. In fact, the rental Altima she returned even had blood on the seats. When the police arrived at Diana’s house, they may…

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