Larry Craig Green, born in Berkeley, California on October 9th, 1953 is perhaps best known for his connection to the Zebra murders. He was part of a group of young Black Muslim extremists who were responsible for a string of racially motivated murders and related attacks committed in San Francisco between October 1973 and April 1974. Overall they killed at least 15 people and wounded eight others.
The Death Angels group was one of the most prominent groups between 1973–1974, which rose to power in San Francisco. The majority of the members consisted of ex-cons who had met and embraced Islam while serving time in prison at San Quentin. The Black Self-Help Moving and Storage Company, run by NOI member Thomas Manney, employed many of the angels. Core members included: Manuel Moore, Larry Green, Jessie Lee Cooks, J.C.X. Simon, and Anthony Harris. They all attended Muhammad’s Temple # 26 on Geary Street.
The Zebra Killings in 1973
Richard Hague and his wife, Quita (October 19, 1973)
Larry Green, Jessie Lee Cooks, and Anthony Harris began to prowl the streets in a van looking for white victims to abduct and kill. Many whites were kidnapped by this group of black men during their October 1973 rampage in San Francisco; Richard Hague was allegedly forced into the back of the van with his wife Quita Hague. One man fondled Richard’s wife before Larry Green struck her over the head with a machete. Her husband struggled for life as Jessie Cooks ran him through with his knife, but he survived.
Frances Rose (October 29, 1973)
A day later, on October 29, Cook shot Frances Rose, a 28-year-old university student near the University of California Extension campus. He blocked her vehicle’s path and demanded a ride as she was driving up to the entrance gate of the University
Saleem Erakat (November 25, 1973)
On November 25, 53-year-old Saleem Erakat was robbed, gagged-up, and executed in his shop at Larkin Street by J.C.X. Simon and Edward Land. A lookout named Anthony Harris was present as well.
Neal Moynihan and Mildred Hosler (December 22, 1973)
On December 22, Neal Moynihan, 19, and Mildred Hosler, 50, were shot down by a man identified as Larry Green at locations on 12th Street and Gough Street respectively. Moynihan was killed while walking in the vicinity of the Civic Center. Ms. Hosler was shot four times while going to the bus stop.
The Zebra Killings in 1974
(Tana Smith, Vincent Wollin, John Bambic, Jane Holly, Roxanne McMillian, January 29, 1974)
On January 29, 1974, the killing spree continued with four more victims. Tana Smith and Vincent Wollin were shot while walking to a fabric store and back home respectively. John Bambic was shot and killed as he collected discarded bottles and cans in his neighborhood. A 45-year-old housewife, Jane Holly was gunned down while doing her laundry at a laundromat, and Roxanne McMillian was shot while carrying items from her car to her new apartment around. Only McMillian survived.
Thomas Rainwater and Linda Story (April 1, 1974)
Two Salvation Army members named Thomas Rainwater and Linda Story were shot twice in the back by Larry Green on April 1, 1974. Only Story survived her wounds.
Terry White, Ward Anderson (April 14, 1974)
On the 14th of April 1974, Larry Green shot Ward Anderson, 18, and Terry White, 15, as they were waiting at a bus stop on the corner of Hayes and Filmore Street, in California. They both survived.
Once, $30,000 was offered in exchange for information leading to the arrest of the killers; a break finally came to the case on April 22, 1974, after witness Anthony Harris recognized himself in one of the composite sketches distributed by authorities. Believing he would get a stay of execution by offering his testimony and aiding authorities, he called the Zebra hotline with information on how he and Larry Green were responsible for all five killings. With that said, on May 1 fully nine separate police raids were conducted resulting in the arrests of Moore and Green among other Black Self-Help employees and members who were involved in their heinous crimes.
Trial and Convictions
The Zebra Killers case, one of the longest murder trials in American History, began on March 3, 1975, and came to an end on March 9, 1976. Ultimately all the defendants were found guilty of first-degree murder, despite attempts made by the defense team to discredit Harris as a witness. Moore, Green, Cooks, and Simon were each sentenced to life imprisonment while Harris was given a new identity and relocated to start a new life in another part of the country with his family.