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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Gary Scott Holland, Accused of Kathleen Horan Murder, To Be Arraigned

Posted By on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 7:59 AM

click to enlarge Police released this suspect sketch almost simultaneously with Gary Scott Holland's arrest
  • Police released this suspect sketch almost simultaneously with Gary Scott Holland's arrest

Gary Scott Holland, the man charged with impersonating a utility worker, talking Kathleen Horan into allowing him into her Russian Hill apartment, and murdering her, will be formally arraigned tomorrow.

Holland, a parolee who served 10 years of a 13-year sentence for attempted murder in Fresno, is facing one count of murder, two counts of residential burglary, one count of residential robbery, and one count of attempted rape. Playing on fears of the recent San Bruno explosion and fire, Holland is accused of using the pretense of searching for a gas leak to convince Horan into opening her door. 

Holland was picked up at almost the exact moment police were distributing a suspect sketch appealing to the public for help in tracking down Horan's killer. He was discovered last week lying in the bushes near Sutro Heights Park; police initially approached him because he "seemed like someone who could use our help."

Kathleen "Kate" Horan
  • Kathleen "Kate" Horan
Horan, 46, was a publicist and also ran a business importing jewelry from Italy. Her family and friends have created a tribute site to her here.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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