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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: Rolling Stones, Hells Angels and Busted Heads at Altamont

Yesterday's Crimes: Rolling Stones, Hells Angels and Busted Heads at Altamont

A melee broke out on Dec. 6, 1969 in front of the hastily constructed stage at the Altamont Speedway as the Rolling Stones played "Sympathy for the Devil." Several Hells Angels jumped into the crowd. Sawed-off pool cues came down…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Disappearing Police Chief

Yesterday's Crimes: The Disappearing Police Chief

There's been a high rate of turnover among police chiefs on both sides of the Bay lately, but there was a time when a San Francisco chief of police disappeared into the briny depths of the bay itself. William J.…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The SLA, FBI, and Assassination Attempts on Gerald Ford

Yesterday's Crimes: The SLA, FBI, and Assassination Attempts on Gerald Ford

Manson acolyte Lynne "Squeaky" Fromme pulled a gun on President Gerald Ford on Sept. 5, 1975, but Ford was undeterred as he headed into an election year. He had been elected neither president nor vice president, ascending to both…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Shitshow That Was the 1964 GOP Convention

Yesterday's Crimes: The Shitshow That Was the 1964 GOP Convention

The 1964 Republican National Convention was nearly a mirror image of what’s going on in Cleveland this week, but in some ways, it was so much worse. It was nearly 10 p.m. on July 14 when Nelson Rockefeller took the…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: Squeaky Fromme, Charles Manson, & Assassination Attempts

Yesterday's Crimes: Squeaky Fromme, Charles Manson, & Assassination Attempts

Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. became vice president when then-VP Spiro Agnew resigned in disgrace on Oct. 10, 1973 following a bribery scandal. Ford became president less than a year later when Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace following a number of…
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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 Pit of Juvenile Depravity

Yesterday's Crimes: The Pit of Juvenile Depravity

Something wasn't right in the Anderson house just outside of Yuba City in Northern California on Sept. 13, 1946. "We found fragments of flesh and bone and blood scattered about the bedroom and part of a charge fired from a…
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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: "Working And Homicide Is Two Different Things"

Yesterday's Crimes: "Working And Homicide Is Two Different Things"

The only thing worse than waking up in an East San Jose carport on New Year's Day is being found dead in one. That's what happened to Ines Sailer, an attractive 23-year-old German kindergarten teacher on Jan. 1, 1981. Sailer…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: A Box of Bones and the Disappearance of Valerie McDonald

Yesterday's Crimes: A Box of Bones and the Disappearance of Valerie McDonald

This is the third installment in a three-part series on the disappearance of Valerie McDonald from her North Beach apartment on Nov. 9, 1980. Here are the links to parts one and two. It took over 20 years to…
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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: Murdered by the Son of the Sugar King

Yesterday's Crimes: Murdered by the Son of the Sugar King

Blackmail was part of the business model for Charles and Michael de Young in the early days of their San Francisco Chronicle. Slinging mud at the city's well to do was commonplace for the Chron since its beginnings in 1865,…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday’s Crimes: The SFPD Bunco Scandal

Yesterday’s Crimes: The SFPD Bunco Scandal

The con artists of the 40 Thieves bunco gang thought that they had a good thing going with San Francisco police — the same cops who were supposed to be investigating them. Starting around 1910, the con men or bunco…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Great Folsom Street Fire

Yesterday's Crimes: The Great Folsom Street Fire

The Barracks at 1147 Folsom St. between Seventh and Eighth streets was a two-story BDSM wonderland with theme rooms that catered to every fetish imaginable. After opening in 1971, the bathhouse quickly established itself as one of the biggest and…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Marina Jewelry that ID'd the Night Stalker

Yesterday's Crimes: The Marina Jewelry that ID'd the Night Stalker

Editor's Note: This is the third installment in a three-part series on the murderous trip of Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker, to San Francisco in August 1985. Here are the links to parts one and two. In the days…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: How Dianne Feinstein Tipped Off the Night Stalker

Yesterday's Crimes: How Dianne Feinstein Tipped Off the Night Stalker

This is part two of a three-part series. Richard Ramirez had killed Peter Pan, 69, in his Lake Merced area home on August 18, 1985, over a year after he had raped and killed a 9-year-old girl in a Tenderloin…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Night Stalker Comes To San Francisco

Yesterday's Crimes: The Night Stalker Comes To San Francisco

By mid-August 1985, Richard Ramirez had murdered 14 people and raped several others in the Los Angeles suburbs. (A first victim, 9-year-old Mei Lung, found murdered and raped in the basement of a Tenderloin hotel in 1984, was connected…
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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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