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E110: The Zebra Murders Pt 1

podcast February 11, 2021 3

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The Zebra Murders were racially motivated murders committed by a group of black men associated with a splinter group of The Nation of Islam. The murders occurred in San Francisco, California between October 1973 and April 1974, and at least fifteen people were killed and eight others were wounded.

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