Summary of “The Untold Story of the Doodler Murders”

“A clarion call went out in the underground network that San Francisco was the place to be,” said Ron Huberman, the first openly gay investigator in San Francisco’s district attorney’s office, who arrived in 1975.
Officer Gay, as the Advocate put it, would “Drive slowly through in a pickup truck and stop near a strolling male. Then he would stretch outand show a bulging ‘basket’ in his tight Levis.” Once an advance was made, Officer Gay would make an arrest.
Elliott Blackstone, an SFPD sergeant, had a regular column in the Sentinel called “Off The Beat.” In July, he used the killing of Joseph Stevens to discuss the prevalence of gay murders.
“If gay men were assaulted for being gay, or robbed, the cops thought gay men had it coming to them, much as they thought women had it coming when sexual assaults happened to them,” said Huberman.
There wasn’t even a pretense that gay men would be welcome on the police force.
George Eimil, the SFPD’s director of personnel, told the Advocate that, because gays commit felonies, “I guess you could say they are [of] bad moral character. If he is a covert homosexual, there is no question we would not hire him.”13 Several months later, Captain William O’Connor, the SFPD’s director of public relations, said gays were “Emotionally unstable.”14 This pronouncement was retracted after Harvey Milk spoke out against him.15.
Mentions of the Doodler murders nearly vanished, even among the gay publications.
The August 16, 1978 edition of the Crusader, a long-gone gay paper, may have been the last periodical to cover the Doodler.

The orginal article.