I took the photo of the victim’s mother and wrote this article in 2008 for the Oakbook magazine. What I love about digital media is that it lives forever. My reason for posting this is to get it out into the public domain because it’s still an open case. The subhead “Oakland’s Other Assassination” refers to the killing the same year of journalist Chanucey Bailey.
This case has intrigue to spare. Just the location of it, upper Grand Avenue along the Piedmont border, and the victim being a colorful character give it some extra juice.
The Oakbook was a great magazine and is still a fine web site. It’s nice to see the various Oakland news outlets and bloggers picking up the slack for The Chronicle.