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2 arrested in torture death of man

2 arrested in torture death of man

  • by Alex Madison
  • Mar 6, 2019

San Francisco police have arrested two people in connection with the torture death of George Randall-Saldivar, who was the adopted son of two gay dads.

Jury finds Rickleffs guilty in SF gay stylist's death

Jury finds Rickleffs guilty in SF gay stylist's death

  • by Alex Madison
  • Mar 4, 2019

A San Francisco jury has found defendant James Rickleffs guilty of first-degree murder in the death of gay hairstylist Steven "Eriq" Escalon, whom he had met at a gay bar in the city's Castro district in June 2012.

Video of defendant in gay stylist's death reveals details

Video of defendant in gay stylist's death reveals details

  • by Alex Madison
  • Feb 13, 2019

In what prosecutors are calling a confession, James Rickleffs admitted to tying up Steven "Eriq" Escalon, stealing items from his home, and leaving him bound and gagged in a two and a half hour video interrogation shown to the jury this week.

Prosecutors in dog-maul case applaud Knoller parole denial

Prosecutors in dog-maul case applaud Knoller parole denial

  • by Ed Walsh
  • Feb 13, 2019

Those who prosecuted Marjorie Knoller in the 2001 dog-mauling death of lesbian Diane Whipple say a state board's decision last week to deny parole to her is justice.

Reward offered in 'Doodler' cold case

Reward offered in 'Doodler' cold case

  • by BAR staff
  • Feb 13, 2019

San Francisco police offer reward, updated sketch in "Doodler" cold case.

Updated: Knoller denied parole in SF dog-maul case

Updated: Knoller denied parole in SF dog-maul case

  • by Ed Walsh
  • Feb 8, 2019

Here is reporter Ed Walsh's updated article on Thursday's parole hearing for Marjorie Knoller, who was convicted of second-degree murder in the dog-mauling death of lesbian Diane Whipple in 2001.

Exclusive: Our reporter's view from the Knoller parole hearing

Exclusive: Our reporter's view from the Knoller parole hearing

  • by Ed Walsh
  • Feb 8, 2019

The Bay Area Reporter was the only outlet at Thursday's parole hearing for Marjorie Knoller. Here are our reporter's observations.

Roommate of gay stylist testifies at murder trial

Roommate of gay stylist testifies at murder trial

  • by Alex Madison
  • Feb 6, 2019

When Ryan Hohn came home to his Diamond Heights apartment after work on June 12, 2012 he found his house robbed and his roommate, Steven "Eriq" Escalon, unresponsive in his bed, tied at his hands and feet and gagged.

Medical board revokes doc's license due to child porn plea

Medical board revokes doc's license due to child porn plea

  • by Alex Madison
  • Feb 6, 2019

A psychiatrist who is in prison for possession of child pornography had his medical license revoked last week.

SFPD offers $100K reward in 'Doodler' cold case

SFPD offers $100K reward in 'Doodler' cold case

  • by Alex Madison
  • Feb 6, 2019

San Francisco Police officials on Wednesday offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man suspected of killing more than a dozen gay men in the city back in the 1970s.

Trial starts in gay stylist's death

Trial starts in gay stylist's death

  • by Alex Madison
  • Jan 30, 2019

Six and a half years ago, 28-year-old Steven "Eriq" Escalon, a gay San Francisco hair stylist, was hanging out in the Castro district. The next day he was found dead.

Man arrested on attempted murder charge near Castro Theatre

Man arrested on attempted murder charge near Castro Theatre

  • by Alex Madison
  • Jan 24, 2019

A man was arrested near the Castro Theatre last weekend for causing a disturbance then later threatening a security guard with a knife, authorities said.

Phillips gets life for SF friend's murder

Phillips gets life for SF friend's murder

  • by Alex Madison
  • Jan 23, 2019

Convicted murderer Michael Phillips was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the killing of his elderly gay friend.

Gay man sentenced to life in prison for killing friend

Gay man sentenced to life in prison for killing friend

  • by Alex Madison
  • Jan 18, 2019

Convicted murderer Michael Phillips was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of his elderly gay friend.