Monday, November 25, 2013

Milk-Moscone Murders 35th Anniversary; SF Press Notes

Image:Rulclas1$moscone-slain-front-page.jpg Wednesday marks the 35th anniversary of the Moscone-Milk Murders. The shooter was Dan White.

Some quick notes:

*At the press conference where then SF Supervisor Dianne Feinstein announced the shocking deaths, the City Hall beat reporter for the SF Chronicle was Duffy Jennings.

Jennings, who was at the presser, was married to KGO-TV anchor, Cheryl Jennings. He was also the longtime PR head of the SF Giants.

*Barbara Taylor, the longtime KCBS City Hall reporter was also present at the news conference.

*An audible gasp could be heard from the assembled press corps when Feinstein made the announcement.

Another note: Inside City Hall that day: Willie Brown. White shot Moscone and Milk and missed Brown who was at a nearby office away from the initial crime scene.


*Prominent SF attorney, James Murphy, who was a young member of the SFPD Police Academy staff, actually took White from the homicide division into the Hall of Justice jail. Murphy told me he had a "deer in the headlights" kind of look.

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21 comments:

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx6ToExlKzA

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  2. Unbelievably, it happened just seven days after Jonestown.

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  3. Cheryl Jennings wasn't even with KGO when Moscone and Milk were killed...

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    1. @2:11 You need to practice reading comprehension. The post never said anything about Cheryl Jennings being at KGO at the time. It simple says her husband was there covering it for the Chronicle.

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  4. A double shock to rock SF and the Bay Area within a week... I remember it all to well

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  5. We, my husband and I had just moved to San Francisco, rented an apartment on Nob Hill, looking for a home with Twins Boys' due-date February.
    It was a shocking first impression of The City By The Bay.

    This is what we were expecting:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bch1_Ep5M1s
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn1gheckr70

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  6. Look how all the local media overdoes it with their Milk-Moscone Murders 35th Anniversary coverage. So predictable!

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  7. I'll never forget that period in SF history. With all due respect to the people who fought for Civil Rights in the South in the 1960s THIS was our "call to arms". This was the turning point for gay rights in so many ways, the culmination of a movement started all the way across the country with Stonewall a decade earlier. It would take the devastation and ignorance of the AIDS epidemic to further promote understanding and equality but it definitely had huge turning point on that November day. This might be when Eureka Valley became the Castro in name and spirit and it was definitely when many eyes were opened to the prejudice against what is now known as the LGBT community.
    As a straight male raised in SF during the 60s I had many friends from all walks of life and never thought that the type of hatred that was common in other parts of the USA extended to SF. Sure there were some closed minded people but I never saw it go past comments such as "fairy", maybe I ran with a more enlightened crowd.
    It is a shame it took such a drastic event to move us ALL forward but we have moved forward and for that I'm thankful.

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  8. Cheryl Jennings was a reporter at KPIX, interviewed Harvey Milk and others many times. I remember walking in the Mission. Everybody's jaws had just dropped.... a numbing electricity in the air, shock and fear in every face.

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  9. Will Christine Craft give us a detailed account of how and who cleaned the splattered body matter alas her Kennedy description?

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    1. Perhaps you can ask her SS agent about that. He's the one who saw it, wrote about it, talked to CNN about it. To make it more understandable for you, it was kind of like a video game, only real.

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    2. Yes of course Christine knows more about it than anyone else. No big surprise there.

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    3. trying to help ChristineNovember 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      Christine, just because her SS agent " saw it, wrote about it, talked to CNN" doesn't mean you have to repeat it.

      Christine, have you ever been able to step back and notice the effect you have on other people. Perhaps if you learned to do that, you could recognize the real cause of all the animosity you attract.

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    4. I made no claim, whatesoever, that I "knew more about it than anyone else". I did not know,at all,that Jacqueline Kennedy's journey onto the hood of the limousine that day in Dallas was to attempt to retrieve portions of the President's brain. There were many theories, you see, (if history is too boring for you , then you wouldn't know)about what she was trying to do.Was she trying to help her agent on to the back of the car? was she trying to get the hell out of there? The answer is now revealed by her agent. It's actually a very touching story. You want to silence me, because I dared mention it. You can't do that. Why don't you go play a nice violent video game? Maybe it'll give you a big stiffie.

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    5. trying to help ChristineNovember 26, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      Christine Craft, the world's greatest authority on EVERYTHING! Never fails.

      " have you ever been able to step back and notice the effect you have on other people. Perhaps if you learned to do that, you could recognize the real cause of all the animosity you attract."

      Think about it.

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    6. no Hal, I'll pass.

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    7. Don't know who Hal is but agree that Christine is a singularly obnoxious entity.

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  10. Pretty dark time in the Bay Area. First Jonestown, then these assassinations. Surreal.

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  11. That event along with Jim Jones, & Jonestown was a very, very dark time in San Francisco. That is why Senator Feinstein always mentions the 49ers winning their 1st Super Bowl as helping uplift the City out of the deep darkness that SF was in. Believe me, those two current events were beyond depressing.

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  12. Wait, nothing about how it was somehow Radnich's fault?

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  13. I was in grammar school when it happened, and I still remember that day. Our principal assembled the whole school and told us what happened. Such a shock, even now.

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