The murders that made us : how vigilantes, hoodlums, mob bosses, serial killers, and cult leaders built the San Francisco Bay Area

Published 2021
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"In The Murders That Made Us, the story of the San Francisco Bay Area unfolds through its most violent and depraved acts. From the city's earliest days, where vigilantes hung perps from buildings and newspaper publishers shot it out on Market Street, to the kidnapping of Patty Hearst and the Zodiac Killer, crime has made the people of San Francisco who they are. Murder and mayhem are intertwined with the city's art, music, and politics. The Great 1906 Earthquake that burned down the old Barbary Coast shook a city that was already teetering on the brink of a massive prostitution scandal. The Summer of Love ended with a pair of ghastly acid dealer slayings that made the Haight too violent for even Charles Manson. The '70s ground to a halt with San Francisco pastor Jim Jones forcing his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch in Guyana, and the assassination of gay icon Harvey Milk. With each tale of true crime, The Murders That Made Us will take you from the violence that began in the original Gold Rush into the brutal displacement of today's techie ruination."-- Provided by publisher.

321 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-321).
Introduction: A short history of the ongoing end of San Francisco
My mother, the murder suspect
The fourth estate
Gangs of the Barbary Coast
Official misconduct
Popular attractions
The state-sanctioned lynch mob
Chicago to the bay
No parts lying together in one place
Urban renewal
When the garden flowers, baby, are dead
Zodiac adjacent
The murder capital of the world
Death to the fascist insect that preys upon the life of the people
Killing Gerald Ford
Rainbows and leather
The Golden Dragon massacre
The last victims of Jonestown
The white working class
The face of the girl in room 24
The hucksters
The outside lands
The Night Stalker is born
The scene
Upward mobility
Two-fisted liberal
The technological divide
A real fixer-upper
The last days of Tom Guido.
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