Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Monday, November 8, 2010

Gary Scott Holland Charged With Murder and Attempted Rape of Kathleen Horan

Posted By on Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Kathleen "Kate" Horan
  • Kathleen "Kate" Horan

The alleged murder of Kathleen Horan has taken an even more macabre turn with the announcement of the charges against suspect Gary Scott Holland this morning. Not only does the parolee face murder and robbery counts -- but also attempted rape.

District Attorney Kamala Harris announced that she charged Holland this morning with one count of murder, two counts of residential burglary, one count of residential robbery, and one count of attempted rape of the Russian Hill woman who opened her door to him on Oct. 29.

Police discovered Holland lying in the bushes near Sutro Heights Park

in the Outer Richmond District on Friday morning, almost at the same

time police were announcing in a press conference that Horan's murderer

had entered the 900 Chestnut Street apartment building by posing as a public

utilities worker. The suspect had knocked on residents' doors and said

he was checking for a leaking gas pipe. "During the course of that

contact [in the park], there was information that led us to ultimately

bring him back to the station," said SFPD Assistant Chief Jeff Godown today.  

Harris said the alleged murderer was playing on the recent PG&E gas

pipe explosion in order to gain entrance to the victim's apartment

building. "Any one of us would have done what [Horan] did that day,"

Harris said.

"In the Bay in particular," Harris continued, "we are all susceptible in

terms of what

may happen in terms of acts of nature or acts of PG&E that may leave


very concerned about a potential gas leak, about what may go wrong with

our electrical systems, what may go wrong with any of our utilities. In

that way, this defendant was a true predator and put himself out in a

postition of trust to this victim so she opened that door."

"We believe that the evidence will show beyond a reasonable doubt, with

the submission of DNA evidence, that he is the perpetrator of this


Holland was convicted in 1999 in Fresno County of attempted murder, and,

after serving time in prison, was released on parole. Holland will be

arraigned Tuesday morning.

Follow us on Twitter at @TheSnitchSF

and @SFWeekly 

  • Pin It

Tags: , , , , ,

About The Author

Lauren Smiley


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"