Dan White (left)
Former police officer and firefighter, Dan White
was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. After
a frustrating year on the board, and in the face of mounting
financial pressures, White unexpectedly announced his resignation. A
few days later, he changed his mind and asked Mayor George Moscone
to reappoint him to his seat. Mayor Moscone decided to appoint
someone else and White found out about it from a local reporter.
On Monday, November 27, l978, White sneaked into
City Hall through a basement window, went to see Mayor Moscone and
shot him to death in his office. White then, as he reloaded his
revolver, walked across the building, found Supervisor Harvey Milk
(a vocal opponent of White's reappointment) and killed him.
Using a "diminished capacity" defense, White was
convicted of two counts of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to
seven years in state prison. A year after the completion of his
prison term, Dan White committed suicide.