The zebra murders : a season of killing, racial madness, and civil rights
|Format:||Print Book 2006|
|Availability:||Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies|
On the night of October 20, 1973, a white couple strolling down Telegraph Hill were set upon and butchered by four young black men. Thus began a reign of terror that lasted six months and left 15 whites dead and the entire city in a state of panic. The intent was nothing less than an attempt to instigate a race war. With pressure on the San Francisco Police Department mounting daily, and the murders showing no sign of abating, young homicide detectives Prentice Earl Sanders and his colleague Rotea Gilfordboth African-Americanwere assigned to the cases. The problem was: Sanders and Gilford were in the midst of a trail-blazing suit against the SFPD for racial discrimination, which in those days was rampant. The backlash was immediate. The force needed Sanderss and Gilfords knowledge of the black community to help stem the brutal murders, but the SFPD made it known that in a tight situation no white back-up would be forthcoming. In these impossible conditionsthe oppressive white power structure on the one hand, the violent black radicals on the otherSanders and Gilford knew they were sitting ducks. Still, they set out to find those guilty of the Zebra Murders and bring them to justice. This is their incredible story.
A motiveless murder
A deathbed promise
The real cops
The .32 caliber killings
The ghetto reward
Another South Africa
Real cops after all
Epilogue: Finding the truth in a true story.
Published ReviewsPublisher's Weekly Review: "
Sanders, Prentice Earl.
San Francisco (Calif.). -- Police Department. -- Biography.
Serial murder investigation -- California -- San Francisco -- Case studies.
Serial murders -- California -- San Francisco.
Hate crimes -- California -- San Francisco.
Whites -- Violence against -- California -- San Francisco.
African American detectives -- California -- San Francisco -- Biography.
Discrimination in law enforcement -- California -- San Francisco.
Racism -- California -- San Francisco.
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Race relations.
|Publisher|| New York :Arcade Pub. :2006
Distributed by Hachette Book Group,
xii, 270 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
|ISBN||1559708069 (alk. paper)