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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Lavender Panthers, San Francisco's LGBT Vigilantes

Yesterday's Crimes: The Lavender Panthers, San Francisco's LGBT Vigilantes

The Reverend Ray Broshears, an ordained minister and gay rights activist with a mustache to die for, was beaten senseless on July 4, 1973. He had called the police earlier on "some young toughs" who were lighting fireworks outside of…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday’s Crimes: The San Francisco Torso Murder

Yesterday’s Crimes: The San Francisco Torso Murder

The four boys were horsing around on Market Street past a row of grand movie palaces on Sunday, Sept. 8, 1946. They ran past the Esquire, the Warfield and the Regal. When they got to the Paramount, they smelled something…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday’s Crimes: CIA Plots, Canadian Shootouts and the Disappearance of Valerie McDonald

Yesterday’s Crimes: CIA Plots, Canadian Shootouts and the Disappearance of Valerie McDonald

This is the second installment in a three-part series on the disappearance of Valerie McDonald from her North Beach apartment on Nov. 9, 1980. Click here to read part one. Valerie McDonald disappeared on Nov. 9, 1980. SFPD missing…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: What Happened to Valerie McDonald?

Yesterday's Crimes: What Happened to Valerie McDonald?

When Valerie McDonald, an aspiring actress described as a "stunning blonde, possessed of the sort of beauty that turns heads on the street" disappeared after leaving her North Beach apartment on Nov. 9, 1980 in the company of a…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: "Butt" Riley, King of the Hoodlums

Yesterday's Crimes: "Butt" Riley, King of the Hoodlums

James "Butt" Riley claimed he had "the hardest head in all Christendom," and proved it by battering down doors and people with his impervious dome. Born in New York in 1848, Riley sailed to San Francisco in 1868 where he…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday’s Crimes: Insurance Scams and Killing Kids for Profit

Yesterday’s Crimes: Insurance Scams and Killing Kids for Profit

Suulan Chem, 37, and her nine-year-old son, Michael Nguyen, were pulling into the driveway of their white, stucco home on 25th Avenue in the Sunset District at 12:25 a.m. on Sept. 2, 1992 after a friend’s birthday dinner. Three…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Strange Death of the Crooked PI Who Took on Jim Jones

Yesterday's Crimes: The Strange Death of the Crooked PI Who Took on Jim Jones

Editor's Note: This is the third installment in a multi-part series exploring post-Jonestown life for former Peoples Temple members in the Bay Area. You can read parts one, two, and three here.  Joseph Mazor was like a character out…
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News, The Snitch Mission Mail Thief Captured After Neighbor’s Slow-Speed Foot Chase

Mission Mail Thief Captured After Neighbor’s Slow-Speed Foot Chase

Picking up the mail is normal. Picking up someone else’s mail is neighborly. Jimmying open mailboxes with a knife and sauntering down the street with a sack full of other people’s letters like some kind of demented postal Grinch is…
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News, The Snitch SF Cops Complain that the City’s Body Camera Policy Treats Them Like Criminals

SF Cops Complain that the City’s Body Camera Policy Treats Them Like Criminals

As a parade of San Francisco cops questioned the police commission last night about why the city might not trust them to view footage from the body cameras they’d soon be required to wear on duty, five of their…
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News, The Snitch Three Drifters Linked to Murders of Canadian Tourist and Yoga Teacher Plead Not Guilty

Three Drifters Linked to Murders of Canadian Tourist and Yoga Teacher Plead Not Guilty

Morrison Lampley, 23, Sean Angold, 24, and Lila Alligood,…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: Jonestown Was Just the Beginning for One Peoples Temple Family

Yesterday's Crimes: Jonestown Was Just the Beginning for One Peoples Temple Family

Editor's Note: This is the second installment in a two-part series exploring post-Jonestown life for one former Peoples Temple family in the Bay Area. Click here to read part one. "Yesterday's Crimes" will take a break for Thanksgiving but…
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News, The Snitch Park Station Police Have Zero Tolerance for Weed, Noise, and Sitting on the Sidewalk

Park Station Police Have Zero Tolerance for Weed, Noise, and Sitting on the Sidewalk

In the wake of Audrey Carey’s murder in Golden Gate Park…
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News, The Snitch Man Killed by SFPD Last Week Struggled to Make Ends Meet, Lived in Hotels With His Mother

Man Killed by SFPD Last Week Struggled to Make Ends Meet, Lived in Hotels With His Mother

New details have emerged about Herbert Benitez, the 27-year-old man killed by an SFPD officer last week. Benitez had been throwing bottles into the street on the south side of Eighth and Market and acting erratically when a nearby construction…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Why Are People Stealing Journalists' Equipment?

Why Are People Stealing Journalists' Equipment?

They’re required to present both sides of the robbery. Truth may be priceless, but items used to uncover it can…
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News, The Snitch East Bay Vandals Waste 50 Million Gallons of Water

East Bay Vandals Waste 50 Million Gallons of Water

Vandals damaged an inflatable dam on Alameda Creek Thursday morning, leading to the loss of 50,000,000 gallons of water, CBS reports.  The dam, which has been in place since 1971, was in a restricted area and was holding back water…
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News, The Snitch SF City Attorney Unhappy with Stanyan Street McDonald's

SF City Attorney Unhappy with Stanyan Street McDonald's

San Francisco City Attorney Herrera is threatening to sue McDonald's Corporation for failing to clean up drugs and "other public nuisances" at the franchise's restaurant at 730 Stanyan Street near Golden Gate Park. In a pre-litigation demand letter sent to…
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News, The Snitch "Run Ed Run" Campaign Consultant Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

"Run Ed Run" Campaign Consultant Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Enrique Pearce, a well-known local campaign consultant, was arrested Thursday on child pornography charges, the San Francisco Examiner reports.  Pearce is a lawyer and political consultant who runs Left Coast Communications. According to the Examiner, he has worked on…
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News, The Snitch Realignment: S.F. Praised For Absorbing State Inmates, Yet Crime Is on the Rise

Realignment: S.F. Praised For Absorbing State Inmates, Yet Crime Is on the Rise

In a town with a reputation for rebel prosecutors, District Attorney George Gascón stands out. Locals would never confuse San Francisco's chief prosecutor -- the longtime cop, former chief of police, and former Republican -- with progressive predecessors like Terence…
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News, The Snitch DA: Drug Reform Could Solve Gov. Jerry Brown's Prison Problem

DA: Drug Reform Could Solve Gov. Jerry Brown's Prison Problem

The scurrying in Sacramento this week -- as legislators scramble to meet today's deadline to pass legislation this year -- included horse-trading over California's prison crowding. The state is under federal court order to reduce its prison population and notorious…
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Music, All Shook Down Reminder: Those Milk Crates Holding Your Vinyl Make You a Criminal

Reminder: Those Milk Crates Holding Your Vinyl Make You a Criminal

Yes, it's true: As our friends over at Modern Farmer remind us today, taking (or long-term borrowing, whatever you want to call it) milk crates from legit dairies or supermarkets for your personal use is, um, a crime! (At least…
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