Today is Day 22 of the largest mass hunger strike in California state prison history, called in protest of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's notorious solitary confinement practices. While 32,000 prisoners were refusing meals when the strike began July 8, fewer than 600 o ... More >>
Medical authorities say it was 57-year-old David Biddle's body that was found in the water at Pier 48 yesterday, however authorities do not yet know what happened to him. Officer Albie Esparza says the call came in yesterday just before 10:40 a.m. on reports of a body floating in the water near Chin ... More >>
There are around 100 suicides in San Francisco every year, according to Eve Meyer, executive director of San Francisco Suicide Prevention. Some of those people may not show a lot of overt warning signs, as was the case with Dylan Yount, the 32-year-old who jumped off the Forever 21 building in Febru ... More >>
A San Francisco jury acquitted a 55-year-old man of seven counts of attempted murder concluding that he wasn't trying to kill his elderly mother as well as police officers when he set fire to his family home. Instead, evidence convinced the jury that the fire was nothing more than a botched suicid ... More >>
Medical authorities have identified the man who killed himself after leading police on a car chase to Treasure Island as 29-year-old Duncan Phillips. Phillips, a Benecia resident, was reportedly wanted by Benicia police for allegedly stealing his ex-girlfriend's car at gunpoint and robbing and pist ... More >>
The Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man who shot himself outside the Mission Dolores chapel Thursday morning as 85-year-old James Olds of San Francisco. As Mission Local reported last week, Olds was sleeping on the steps in front of the gift shop at Mission Dolores around 7 a.m. when a ... More >>
An unidentified man reportedly shot himself outside a local church this morning in a quiet part of the city's Mission District. We contacted police to confirm that the shooting, which occurred outside Mission Dolores, was indeed a suicide, but we have not heard back yet. However, an eyewitness ... More >>
(Update 1:27 p.m.): Cmdr Lyn Tomioka gave reporters an update on the tragedy, saying four of the five victims are definitely related, and the fifth victim is probably an acquaintance. She would still not confirm that the shooting was a murder-suicide, but noted that they are not looking for any s ... More >>
From this week's Bouncer column: At times I find myself preoccupied with thoughts of suicide -- not my own, but other people's. I visit suicide memorial websites and read each blurb. I always look at the recent suicide postings on Wikipedia. It was there that I learned of the death of one of the m ... More >>
Inmate suicides Advocates for prisoners involved in the recent hunger strikes are linking three inmate suicides to the unsavory prison conditions that prisoners had been protesting when they refused to eat state-issued meals for several weeks. The group, Prison Hunger Strike Solidarity, says John ... More >>
Traffic was backed up early this morning near Geary Boulevard after a pedestrian spotted a body in the street by St. Mary's Cathedral. The body was found in the bushes near Geary Boulevard and Gough Street at about 7:30 a.m. Police have very few details about the incident; however, Officer Albie ... More >>
Kenneth HardingThe family of 19-year-old Kenneth Harding, the Seattle man who died in a gunfire battle with police, has retained high-profile civil rights attorney John Burris and could file a lawsuit. Associate attorney Adante Pointer is demanding that the cops start releasing records, surveilla ... More >>
A suicidal man went to the top of a downtown building Monday morning and stayed on the edge of the roof for nearly an hour before police were able to talk him down. Sgt. Michael Andraychak told SF Weekly that at about 10:22 a.m. on Monday, someone called police to report a man standing on the buildi ... More >>
Suicide attempt Last month, a Sonoma County teen got the attention he was looking for when he jumped 250 feet from the Golden Gate Bridge during a school field trip for shits and giggles -- although nobody was laughing. That incident seems even less humorous after this weekend when another teen j ... More >>
The recent coverage of gay teen suicides has the country on high alert, with even President Obama's Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, speaking out against bullying. While many of the "It Gets Better" videos on YouTube feature people talking about their horrendous experiences growing up in less ... More >>
Aiyisha HassanThe rash of young gays and lesbians committing suicide has now struck the country's LGBT capital here in the Bay Area: Aiyisha Hassan, a 20-year-old Marin County native who identified as lesbian, killed herself on October 5. Hassan was a former student at Howard University in Washin ... More >>
The San Francisco Medical Examiner's office identified the person who yesterday wandered onto the BART tracks at Embarcadero in an apparent suicide attempt. Sadly, the attempt was successful -- Daevonn Hartley, a 16-year-old male Fremont resident, died of his wounds at 7 p.m. last night at San Fr ... More >>
A crowd of at least 100 people gathered outside the Union Square Apple store yesterday evening for what may be the first large scale American protest of Foxxconn, a Chinese factory that produces iPads and iPhones.
Did Jessica's Law kill a homeless sex offender?
According to the state's sex offender registry, Nicholas Chaykovsky has been in violation of registration requirements since Sunday. He has a decent excuse. He's dead. Chaykovsky died at age 61 last month after suffering a heart attack. And though the San Francisco Police Department s ... More >>
Hugues de la Plaza Saturday's episode of CBS' 48 Hours Mystery is dedicated to examining the bizarre 2007 death of French-American citizen Hugues de la Plaza in his Hayes Valley apartment. He perished in a pool of blood after he'd spent time walking around bleeding in his apartment. Blood st ... More >>
We're living through the "interesting times" of the apocryphal malevolent Chinese proverb when folks' first reaction to hearing that Caltrain plans on raising fees while cutting services is "thank God!" The fewer trains running on the tracks, the fewer Gunn High students can end their brief lives be ... More >>
My Suicide director talks about death and the Internet.
Three years ago Linda Woo, then 40, woke her two children, wrapped them in blankets, and placed them inside a Subaru Outback owned by a man who had recently broken off a six-year-affair with her. Also in the car had been placed a lit barbecue grill -- which Woo had bought along with a carbon monoxid ... More >>
Amidst all the murders in San Francisco, some suspicious deaths are hidden in a secret burial ground of bureaucracy.
Joy Division portrait proves the exception to the rock biopic drool
The people overseeing the San Francisco landmark consider selling ad space on the bridge
Elves, suicide, and an amorous coat rack in a three-play variety show
Probe of youth's hanging suggests misconduct that could help mayor oust Juvenile Probation foes
Tricia Sullivan fled her Southern Oregon hometown and the confines of her family in April. Arriving in San Francisco, she melded with the street community of young castoffs, misfits, and rebels. Phoning home, she lied and told her dad she was in New Yor