Panic In San Francisco – The Zebra Killings

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Over the course of a five-month period in
1973-1974, the city of San Francisco was under siege. A string of terrifying, seemingly random
shootings paralyzed the city with fear. The only thing the police knew for sure: all of
the shooting victims were white, and the shooters were black. The violence began in October 1973. A 28-year-old
woman named Frances Rose was shot repeatedly in her car by a random assailant in San Francisco.
The following month, a 53-year-old grocery store owner was found shot dead in the store’s
bathroom. Until the end of 1973, residents of San Francisco lived in fear as the random
attacks continued. A man was shot in a telephone booth while making a phone call. Art Agnos,
who would become the mayor of San Francisco in 1988, was shot twice in the back but survived.
A 31-year-old woman was shot and killed walking down the street. The case became known as the Zebra murdærs
– not because of the racial overtones of the murdærs, but because of the name of the
radio channel the police used during the investigation. San Francisco police set up a dragnet across
the city, stopping all young, black men out on the street. If the men were deemed not
to be a threat, they were given a “Zebra card” that they could show police if and
when they were stopped again for interrogation. The murdærs stopped suddenly and without
explanation as the calendar changed from 1973 to 1974. Over the next four months, residents
of the Bay Area began to relax their guard, believing that the random terror might be
over. They were wrong. On April 1, the Zebra murdærs started again. Thomas Rainwater,
19, and Linda Story, 21, were shot while walking down the street. Rainwater died from his injuries,
Story survived. The attack had all the hallmarks of the Zebra case. A lightning-quick, random
attack carried out by a black man with a .32 pistol who immediately fled the scene. April 14 saw another attack. Two more people
were shot and wounded while standing on a street corner. Two days later, another murdær.
A 23-year-old man was shot and killed while rummaging around in his parked car. This second
wave of Zebra murdærs brought San Francisco to the edge of panic once again. Who was behind
the random attacks? When would they be caught? Was anyone safe? The men behind the attacks turned out to be
a group of radical Muslims who called themselves the “Death Angels.” Manuel Moore, Larry
Green, Jessie Lee Cooks, and J.C.X. Simon were all black men in their 20s. They all
belonged to the Nation of Islam and were hell-bent on killing white people and sparking a race
//ar. After the final Zebra murdær in April 1974,
a man named Anthony Harris came forward with information. Harris was not a Good Samaritan
trying to help out the police; he was trying to save his own skin after he recognized himself
in a police sketch that was widely circulated. Harris met with police and told them that
while he didn’t commit any of the Zebra attacks, he was present at several of the
shootings. The police knew Harris was telling the truth because he relayed details that
they had not released to the public. Police agreed to not press charges against Anthony
Harris and to provide new identities for him and his family in exchange for information
about the Zebra murdærs. On May 1st, 1974, the police conducted raids
that resulted in the arrests of 7 men associated with the murdær spree. Some of the men were
released, but Manuel Moore, Larry Green, Jessie Lee Cooks, and J.C.X. Simon were all charged
with multiple counts of first-degree murdær and attempted murdær. Anthony Harris took
the stand against his former associates and provided day after day of grisly details regarding
the shootings. After a lengthy trial, Moore, Green, Cooks,
and Simon were all found guilty in May 1976. At the time, the trial was the longest in
California’s history. All four men were sentenced to life in prison. The official
body count of the Zebra murdær spree was 15 dead, 10 wounded. One criminologist, however,
believes that the Death Angels “may have killed more people in the early to mid-1970s
than all the other serial killers operating during that period combined.” There are
some who believe the Death Angels may have been responsible for as many as 70 murdærs.

 

32 Responses

  1. Dave Byrne

    September 22, 2018 6:47 pm

    I never heard mention of these 15 racially motivated murders, I wonder why it is never mentioned?… 😶😶😶

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  2. JayblesFlores1775

    December 29, 2018 8:22 am

    I can't find any pictures of the actual "zebra card" given by the cops. If anyone knows where I might find one please let me know.✌

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  3. Cowboy Dan

    January 1, 2019 2:59 am

    The term "black muslim" is always good for a laugh.
    American blacks constantly bitch about slavery but they are completely and utterly ignorant of the Barbary slave trade that far exceeded American slavery by millions and still exists today. That, and many Muslims view converts as useful tools rather than "real" Muslims.

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  4. TheRABman _

    January 7, 2019 3:42 pm

    That’s some fine journalists work right there! Thanks for this upload never knew about this one

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  5. Xavier van Roman

    January 21, 2019 2:00 am

    Muslims have good unity in their brotherhood in America unlike American Christian's they have different groups but not United. But Christian's in Asia' Africa and middle east Arab Christians have a good hold towards each other American intelligence have made a surway in 100 years Muslim are going to be majority in America because the Christians( protestants) in America are going to be 3 major religion because the young protestants Christians generation will not stick to their faith. Roman Catholic's will go up. How many zebra killers will American children will see in the future no wonder

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  6. Xavier van Roman

    January 21, 2019 2:11 am

    Literally it has nothing to do against race.it was killing for religion but they thought all white people are Christians they dont know that the majority of Christians population belongs to black Hispanic and Asians whites are mostly non believers

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  7. Drawdy Clan

    May 6, 2019 7:34 am

    No one has heard of this because it has been buried on purpose. If the races were reversed you'd be reminded frequently.

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  8. John Smith

    September 18, 2019 6:44 am

    I'm surprised this story gets so little attention in this age of real crime mania. Actually, I'm not surprised at all.

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  9. Debbie t

    November 7, 2019 1:59 am

    For all the white people who have commented on this post let me just start by saying that the reason the story was buried is because these for black man probably did not kill those people and since technology has been drastically improve and they can now prove it they want to bury the case you can kill yourself with this b***** talking about if it was reversed no b** y'all still crazy

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  10. Debbie t

    November 7, 2019 2:01 am

    FYI just please answer this for me what the hell was this called the zebra killings if that doesn't sound racially-motivated then I don't know what the f*** does

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  11. Chris Owens

    November 14, 2019 4:01 pm

    Anyone ever heard of David Sidney Levine?? He was a college boy who was stabbed to death in 1973! Could the Zebra killers have done that one too?

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  12. finessin freelancer

    December 15, 2019 6:48 am

    They seem crazy now in today times.but back in that time the white public was not so innocent they where opeanly slaughtering blacks like cattle.

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