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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Prentice Earl Sanders, Bennett Cohen Narrator: G. Valmont Thomas Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455194100
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This true-crime police procedural is the riveting story of the racially-motivated serial killings that terrorized San Francisco from 1973 to 1974 and how they were solved. Code named the Zebra Murders, the case involved a series of random violent attacks by African-American men against whites, resulting in fifteen deaths. Author Prentice Earl Sanders, the SFPD's first African-American police chief and one of the lead detectives on the case, takes us back through his investigation as he tried to determine whether the murders were to be considered mere serial killings or acts of political terror. At the same time, he describes the racial discrimination within the police force and how that influenced his investigation. The Zebra Murders is a fascinating look at an era of social and political turbulence and how justice was sought amidst its most violent eruptions.

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  • “A riveting read…The Zebra Murders is notable for its steady, measured prose, and its unblinking reporting of the people, cultures, and events of that turbulent time…Much more than a straightforward true crime report.”

    Lisa's List, WHRO Radio

  • “A look at a largely forgotten reign of terror in San Francisco…a useful introduction to the case.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Thomas offers an intelligent reading and is completely convincing as Sanders, the first African-American chief of police in the SFPD…Thomas’ performance is faithful to Sanders and Cohen’s account, which alleges rampant racism in the SFPD and outlines the ongoing struggle to give African-American policemen equal rights while recounting the disturbing killings that pushed San Francisco to the edge of a race war.”


  • “A gripping tale of murder and mayhem, a police procedural with racially charged overtones, and a true story—this production delivers it all with a narration equally praiseworthy…Along with telling a sensational story, Sanders’ analysis of the fear and frustration of a newly integrated department attempting to solve such a racially charged situation is brilliant. His tone is moderate and fair, understanding the tensions on both sides and noting with sadness that most of the Caucasian victims were those least deserving of racial hatred. Stage, film, and television actor G. Valmont Thomas’ smooth-voiced narration is icing on the cake of a tragic but fascinating piece of history, well told and well interpreted.”


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 2/11/2008

    " One of the best books I have read. I would love to read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harold | 12/21/2007

    " The story itself is really gripping, but fell the detective could have worked with a stronger co-writer. "

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About the Author

Prentice Earl Sanders joined the San Francisco Police Department in 1964 and was the force’s first African American police chief. He recently retired.

About the Narrator

G. Valmont Thomas, a longtime member of the acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, has also been a faculty member at the Johnny Carson School of Film and Television at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. His voice may also be heard in a number of video games and in advertisements for radio and television.