Zebra: the true account of the 179 days of terror in San Francisco
A terrifying chronicle of the five Blacks who, in the name of a fanatic religion preaching white hatred, randomly selected twenty-three white men, women, and children for kidnapping, robbery, rape, mutilation, and murder
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Zebra, by Clark Howard, is a true-crime novel based on the so-called Zebra killings in San Francisco in 1973 and 1974. During that time, a group within the Nation of Islam calling itself the Death Angels killed or wounded more than twenty whites. That, at any rate, was the number for the four men convicted and one who snitched. The book strongly suggests that such killings were encouraged by certain higher-ups in the Nation and were part of a spree going on across California, designed either to spark a race war or drive whites out of California as a whole and San Francisco in particular. The book was of course a quite interesting account and Howard's prose is highly readable, though of course knowledge of the case was limited to what came out in court. Even Howard hints that his portrayal of the informer, Anthony Hopkins, was probably a little too positive. "Notice how everyone's a killer except him?" one of the investigators observes when it comes to his confessions. But given that the voice at trial was Hopkins', and Hopkins was interviewed for the book, it would be hard for things to be otherwise. The book is also probably written a little too close to the time for it to properly contextualize what was going on. The Zodiac killer, the Black Panthers, Black Liberation Army, Symbionese Liberation Army, Vietnam War, etc., etc. (including many factors of which I am no doubt ignorant), which had such an influence on the climate at the time are scarcely mentioned. Part of that is no doubt due to length -- the book is already over four hundred pages -- and partly due to the desire to tell a story. But one suspects that Howard could assume in 1979 that the reader knew all about such things, which have largely been forgotten today. At any rate, on the whole, if one enjoys true crime novels, this one's worth looking into.
Review: Zebra: The True Account of the 179 Days of Terror in San FranciscoUser Review - Goodreads
I have beedn looking for the title of this book for years, it made that much of an impact on me. (I was hampered I think because I knew it began with a Z but I kept running into the Zodiac killings ...
Nicholas Stix, Uncensored: Domestic Terrorism: The Nation of Islam ...
According to Clark Howard, the author of the definitive work on the Zebra killings, Zebra: The true account of the 179 days of terror in San Francisco ...
nicholasstixuncensored.blogspot.com/ 2006/ 10/ domestic-terrorism-nation-of-islam-and.html
Howard Clark: The Zebra Killings
... New English Library (London) 1980. Originally published in the US under the title Zebra: The True Account of the 179 Days of Terror in San Francisco . ...
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