San Fran: Zodiac, Harvey Milk & the Gold Rush

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Marcus examines the infamous murder of Harvey Milk, rides along with the San Jose police to uncover the fear and greed which created the Vigilance Committee during the gold rush, and gets inside the mind of the Zodiac killer.

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Marcus Sakey at the Golden Gate Bridge
Marcus Sakey at the Golden Gate Bridge

Marcus Sakey at the Golden Gate Bridge

Marcus heads to San Francisco, one of the most liberal cities in the country, to investigate murders old and new. 960 1280

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Marcus on a Ziptrek Ecotour of San Francisco

Marcus on a Ziptrek Ecotour of San Francisco

Marcus zips across San Francisco with Ziptrek Ecotours to get a new perspective on the city. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey checks out a bust of Havey Milk

Marcus Sakey checks out a bust of Havey Milk

Marcus explores the case of Harvey Milk, the city's first openly gay elected official. Milk became a city supervisor in 1977. Milk was intelligent and had a lot of heart. He was also controversial and hated by another newly elected supervisor, Dan White. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey writing at Havey's

Marcus Sakey writing at Havey's

While Milk feared that he would be assassinated because of his sexual orientation, it was actually his political stance that led to his death. White shot and killed both Milk and Mayor George Moscone for not allowing him to be reinstated to the city's board of supervisors (he had resigned due to financial concerns). 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey and Tom Ammiano

Marcus Sakey and Tom Ammiano

Marcus meets with Tom Ammiano, a California state legislator. During Milk’s time, Ammiano was a teacher who feared losing his job because he was gay. He explains how Milk took a stand against police harassment of the gay community. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey and Anne Kronenberg

Marcus Sakey and Anne Kronenberg

Marcus also chats with Milk's campaign manager, Anne Kronenberg. She shares her memories of her mentor and recalls the terror of the White Night riots at San Francisco City Hall after Dan White was acquitted of murder charges. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey pans for gold with Gabby Price

Marcus Sakey pans for gold with Gabby Price

Marcus also revisits 1848, when gold was found in the American River sparking the California gold rush. During this time San Francisco grew from 200 to 30,000 people. This growth brought lawlessness. To understand the greed and fear that circulated during the gold rush, Marcus hunts for treasure in Sutter Creek, CA with guide Gabby Price. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey in San Francisco

Marcus Sakey in San Francisco

During the gold rusha a group of citizens took the law into their own hands and formed the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance. Those who committed crimes were subject to their wrath. The wheels of justice became swift and soon the committee was out of control. Growing to 700 members, the committee terrorized the town, lynching people and even going head-to-head with the real police. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey in front of a pier in San Francisco

Marcus Sakey in front of a pier in San Francisco

Fast forward to the late 1960s, when an unidentified criminal known as the Zodiac killer taunted and terrorized the city. In letters to newspapers, the killer claimed to have murdered 37 people, though police could only confirmed the killing of 5 people. 960 1280

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Marcus Sakey overlooking a valley

Marcus Sakey overlooking a valley

To taunt the police and public, the Zodiac Killer sent cryptograms that he claimed would reveal his identity. To this day the case remains open. While many theories have circulated about the killer's identity, no one was ever charged. 960 1280

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