The Zebra murders were a string of racially motivated murders that took place in San Francisco, California, from October 1973 to April 1974. A group of male Black Muslims who called themselves the "Death Angels" committed at least 15 murders and 8 attempted murders, entirely against White victims.
The police and researchers have indicated that the actual number of victims may be far higher (80-270 victims). Criminology professor Anthony Walsh wrote that the "San Francisco–based Death Angels may have killed more people in the early to mid-1970s than all the other serial killers operating during that period combined."
The police is stated to have named the case "Zebra" not after the racial nature of the killings, but after the special police radio band they assigned for the investigation.
The Death Angels was splinter group of the Nation of Islam. It required the murder of several "blue-eyed white devils" for membership. The Nation of Islam paid for attorneys for all of the perpetrators convicted, except for one, who had pleaded guilty.
- The Zebra Killings
- San Francisco Chronicle article, S.F.'s own time of terror.
- The Zebra Murders at the Crime Library
- Remembering The Zebra Killings
- 'Zebra Killer' J.C.X. Simon Found Dead in San Quentin Prison Cell
- Anthony Walsh. Race and Crime: A Biosocial Analysis. 2004. Nova Science Publishers.
- Walsh, Anthony (2005). African Americans and Serial Killing in the Media: The Myth and the Reality. Homicide Studies Vol. 9 No. 4, November 2005, pp 271-291; DOI: 10.1177/1088767905280080
- KILLERS / Now There's a Sniper Loose on the Right Coast / S.F.'s own time of terror https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/KILLERS-Now-There-s-a-Sniper-Loose-on-the-Right-2785010.php