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When San Francisco Was the City Your Mother Warned You About

Dec. 5th, 2007 | 05:12 pm
music: The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun -- Julie Brown

Before I moved to San Francisco my friends and relatives were concerned that I was relocating to a land of drugged-out crazies.  Even my dope-smoking college friends weren't completely sure that San Franciscans were to be trusted.

There was some cause for their wariness. Something must be in the water to cause the cluster of craziness. In a relatively short period, a relative lot of off-beat violence happened either here in the city or in a city colony:
  • Mayor Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were murdered... in City Hall... by another supervisor.
  • President Ford was shot at on a city street.  The would-be assassin wasn't the Mason follower. She was an FBI informant at the time of her assassination attempt.
  • Rev. Jim Jones and his followers committed mass murder and suicide in Guyana. The cult started, grew, and was part of the civic infrastructure in San Francisco.
  • Patty Hearst, the SLA, the Black Panthers... each were San Francisco-nurtured explosive characters.

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