- Hardcover: 405 pages
- Publisher: Richard Marek Pubs; First Edition edition (1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399900500
- ISBN-13: 978-0399900501
- Package Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Zebra Hardcover – 1979
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Zebra recounts several months in the early 70s in which many brutal, seemingly random murders were committed. The author appears to take pains to separate court-rendered judgements from lesser supported observations. One method that he uses for this is the application of various names. Aliases are used, such as “judo” or “yellow,” for non-court derived narrative, which makes up much of the work. Standard names are used in contrasting situations (such as “Jessie Lee Cooks”). This is explained openly early on.
The book provides much. First, it is a retelling of the crimes themselves, with as much context as is needed. This is the thrust of the work. Next, it is worth noting that the book, rich in detail, provides a window to the San Francisco scene of that time period. Language stands out, for example, as very period-correct. The 70s were a different time, especially in that region. Unsaid in the book is that while this time spawned the Death Angels, primary actors of the work, it also spawned the Peoples Temple of Jim Jones. The latter facility was actually in close proximity to Muhammed’s Temple #26.
The author takes pains in a few areas to show the complexity of the situation. He also seems to strive to avoid overreaching his evidence. This is laudable. However there are also lingering questions. The author doesn’t spend much time providing detail on “Vandyke” (a composite character). One is left to wonder why. Is evidence lacking? But would more discussion of this key actor provide the reader with a broader understanding of the state-wide and perhaps nation-wide reach of the Death Angels? How far reaching were their activities? Perhaps these questions have not yet been answered.