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The zebra murders : a season of killing, racial madness, and civil rights

by Sanders, Prentice Earl.

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Homewood Non-Fiction Collection HV8079.H6 S36 2006
Location  CLP - Homewood
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  HV8079.H6 S36 2006
Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 364.152 SAN
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  364.152 SAN
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
Operation Zebra
Another South Africa
Real cops after all
Epilogue: Finding the truth in a true story.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This look at a largely forgotten reign of terror in San Francisco in 1973 and 1974 is an interesting if superficial true police procedural. Sanders, the SFPD's first African-American chief of police, was one of the lead detectives on the case code-named the Zebra Murders, involving a group of African-American men who, apparently racially motivated, were targeting whites in vicious random acts of violence that claimed 15 lives. The book reads less like an objective assessment of these events than a memoir of Sanders's experiences with the investigation and his role in a civil lawsuit against the SFPD to combat rampant racial discrimination. Oddly, about halfway in, the authors break the linear narrative with information derived only at the case's end, rather than lay out the police work and discoveries as they happened. The efforts to compare the police tactics with post-9/11 targeting of Muslims will strike most readers as labored despite Sanders's insistence that the killings were acts of political terror, not mere serial killings. Nonetheless, this serves as a useful introduction to the case. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects 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,
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Cohen, Bennett.
Language English
Description xii, 270 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
ISBN 1559708069 (alk. paper)
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