sweatshirt-heiroglyphic3.jpgSan Francisco’s unsolved murders were the focus of two locally published articles today. In one case, the Weekly follows up on the efforts of a victim’s mother to bring her son’s killer to justice. Christine Evans, whose son, Brandon, was shot to death in Golden Gate Park last year, posted fliers that were removed by a local gadfly. She’s since made an arrangement with the company that oversees those pay toilets folks shoot up in to place posters detailing the reward for the arrest and conviction of her son’s murder.

The Examiner has an overview of some other folks left in the wake of unsolved murders, noting that SFPD’s “2-year-old homicide cold-case unit, staffed with two inspectors, has solved 15 to 20 cases.” In the piece, SFPD Deputy Police Chief Kevin Shinn says:

“We receive numerous telephone calls regarding homicides that have occurred, however, these are usually third-party individuals whose information would not be accepted in a court of law,” Shinn said. “We need eyewitnesses to come forward to identify suspects and testify in court.”

The question this raises in our minds is, are these unwitnessed crimes, or are there folks out there who know something and aren’t telling? Readers, are there circumstances in which you’d withhold information on a homicide from the SFPD?

Image of Brandon Lee Evans from Justice For Brandon

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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