E110: The Zebra Murders Pt 1

This week Beth and Wendy The “Zebra” murders, which occurred in San Francisco, California from 1973 to 1974. They were racially motivated murders committed by a group of black men associated with a splinter group of The Nation of Islam. This will be part one of the story.
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We thank our listeners (7:42). We dive into the story beginning with some stats (14:00), the setting (13:40), the killers early life (35:58) and part1 of the timeline (44:35). 
As usual we close out the show with some tips on how not to get murdered (54:49) shout outs (56:48). 

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