By David in TN
This is something I found. It's the May 2, 1974 Stanford Daily, of all things. It covers a press conference by San Francisco Mayor Alioto announcing the Zebra arrests. Alioto mentions a Stanford student named David Levine as being a victim the previous fall, along with some other Stanford grad students. Alioto said only an "informant" had given him this information.
[That was likely Anthony Cornelius Harris.]
California Attorney General Evell Younger denied there was a statewide murder campaign-"No evidence at the present time." [That was a bald-faced lie, by Younger.] Alioto said he had conferred with Attorney General Saxbe (Nixon had three months left), who said the matter would be investigated. Alioto said the number murdered by Black Muslims was "about 80.”
Google "Tom Manney Zebra Killings" and you can find some other news stories for this press conference.
N.S.: The text below was scanned, with primitive technology, from the microfilm, microfiche, or whatever electronic form of reproduction the story was saved on. I corrected it, as best I could, but a couple of minor gaps remain.
The Stanford Daily > The Stanford Daily, 2 May 1974
The Stanford Daily, Volume 165, Issue 51, 2 May 1974
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This digitized issue of the Stanford Daily is sponsored by Rich Jaroslovsky
Alioto Links Levine, Zebra Killings
By RICH JAROSLOVSKY
David Levine — the 20-year old Stanford student murdered on campus last September — may have been a victim of the "Death Angels," the organization allegedly responsible for the so-called Zebra killings. San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto, announcing the arrest of seven men in connection with the killings, said Levine's murder was one of 73 "murderous assaults" in the state that might be laid to the reputed black separatist sect. Santa Clara County Sheriff's L . [?] Detective Capt. Frank Mosunic told the Daily yesterday that "what we have would coincide with what San Francisco has released to the media." Mosunic said that there is a "very strong possibility that two blacks were involved in the murder," and that "we wil1 be in touch with San Francisco tonight, and some people from Alameda." Police had speculated that the Sept. 11 Levine murder might be connected with the Dec. 20 slaying of a UC-Berkeley graduate student. Both victims were brutally and repeatedly stabbed in the chest and back. The Berkeley murder was also on Alioto's list.
Mosunic declined any further comment on the matter. A Berkeley Police Department spokesman flatly refused to comment on the reports. Police Services Director Marvin Herrington was out of town and unavailable for comment, and Stanford Capt. William Wullschleger referred all inquiries to Mosunic. Levine, a physics major from Ithaca. N.Y., was slain sometime between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. on Sept. 11. His body was discovered on a walkway near Meyer Library by an early-morning jogger. He had been active in student government here, and had been an ASSU senator. (The Daily has learned that local law enforcement authorities do not feel that two other recent unsolved campus murders — those of Leslie Marie Perlov, 21, and Janet Taylor, 20 — are related to the Zebra investigation. Both women were strangled.)
At a press conference yesterday, Alioto said that the seven Zebra suspects — arrested by police in a series of raids beginning at 5 a.m. yesterday morning — were members of a nationwide group he described as "a reverse Ku Klux Klan." "The 'Death Angels,' who use wings as an insignia, literally earn their promotion upon presentation of proof of the number and nature of the murders committed," Alioto alleged, "The local group is a division of a larger organization dedicated to the murder and mutilation of whites and dissident blacks," Alioto claimed. "The pattern of killing is by random street shooting or hacking to death with machete, cleaver or knife." The seven suspects arrested yesterday were identified as J.C. Simon, 29; Larry Greene, 22; Dwight Stallings, 28; Tom Manney, 31; Edgar D. Burton, 22; Manuel Moore, 23; and Clarence Jamerson, 29. [N.S.: Simon, Greene, and Moore would all be convicted, and sentenced to life in prison; the DA’s office would drop charges against the other four, for lack of evidence. Simon recently died in prison; the other three, including Jesse Lee Cookes, are all still in prison.] No further personal information was released.
All the suspects were booked on charges of murder or conspiracy to commit murder. Police said the men would be arraigned today. According to Alioto, the "Death Angels" are "fanatical believers in black separatism" who base their philosophy on "muddled aberrations clearly outside the mainstream of Islamic religions. In my opinion, it represents as much potential threat to blacks as to whites." Promotions in the alleged organization are determined by a national leader located outside of California, Alioto said.
"The investigation will continue until we are satisfied that we have rounded up all the members of this group and have insured the fact that new members will not take their place," he said. [Bogus; they did no such thing.] State Atty. Gen. Evelle Younger said at a news conference he has "no clear evidence" linking the Zebra killings to any others outside the Bay Area, but conceded that his office had not yet viewed all evidence used by San Francisco police. [That was a bald-faced lie. California state law enforcement had linked over 70 “motiveless” murders, carried out by young, well-groomed, conservatively-dressed, 20-something black men against whites statewide since circa 1970.] He noted that it was not improper to say that there were similarities between the Zebra killings and a number of others in the state since 1971. The Zebra case was apparently broken with the aid of an informant who had witnessed some of the killings.
—Daily photo by David FranU [?] MURDER CONNECTIONS — The murder of Stanford junior David Levine last September may have been one of 73 committed in the state by the "Death Angels," allegedly responsible for the Zebra killings.