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Cover Story - September 10, 2021

Searching for their father's killer

Andy Kinyon died in 1972. His still family wants answers.

by Sue Dremann

Editor's note: Descriptions of crime in this article may be disturbing to some readers. The full names of some witnesses have not been published to protect their privacy.

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Posted by JonnyK
a resident of Ventura
on Sep 10, 2021 at 10:06 am

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Sue Dremann did such an amazing job on my dad's story. It's an overwhelming amount of information and she got it right. Kudos to the editor as well.

I'm glad that Frank Falzon responded to the Weekly. I wasn't expecting it. I knew that he'd never admit to doing anything wrong but I do appreciate him going on record in reaction to our investigation and to this story. Man oh man. It's incredible to hear him now say that the suspect's boots were "professionally cleaned" - he told us from day one that Eugene had simply put shoe polish over the blood and contaminated it. If they had been professionally cleaned I would think that there would be no visible blood on them (is that the story now?). Cold case detective Pera told us in 2010 that there are still visible drops of blood on the boots.

I just wish we'd get the truth, that's all we want. And I do think Frank is being truthful about sympathizing with us, I appreciate that, and I'm sorry to hear that he also lost his father at such a young age. With his long history of dealing with horrifying crimes and the fall out for victim's families I know he understands our determination to get answers. For some reason he can't give them. Like I told Sgt. Levy on the phone last year, maybe it was out of his hands, maybe I'm mad at the wrong person.

The SFPD, DA's office, the Mayor, and other S.F. illuminaries still haven't responded to an open letter I sent two months ago, and then resent last month. I'm afraid that they're going to destroy the case file and evidence now that the cold case is closed - if they haven't already. They won't even respond to this story.... they're acting like they're sitting on top secret JFK assassination files. What gives?

Posted by jr1
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Sep 10, 2021 at 10:54 am

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Since police feel the suspect passed away, why not release all the information including the DNA test.

Posted by eyeswideopen
a resident of Professorville
on Sep 10, 2021 at 10:55 am

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I am heart broken reading of all this. Oh how I wish the family could have some closure, truth, peace.

Sue Dremann did an amazing job. She is a treasure.

Posted by jhskrh
a resident of another community
on Sep 10, 2021 at 11:25 am

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Why doesn't the SFPD deal with this? By stalling it makes it look like they have something to hide, do they? If the family was affluent and well connected in San Francisco, you can bet this would have been resolved decades ago. I hope this is resolved soon so the family can have closure. DA and PD seem to be treating this like a hot potato. It is not right.

Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 10, 2021 at 8:55 pm

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Sue Dremann is a Palo Alto treasure! Thank you for such an interesting read!
I hope the family can have closure!

Posted by Sandy L
a resident of another community
on Sep 15, 2021 at 10:47 am

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What a tremendous article. They police need to get all their information together and share it with the Kinyon Family. This family deserves to know the truth about the father's truth. They are a long time Palo Alto Family, and very devoted to their community.
Please, it's time the authorities help them get closure on this case. No one should have to wait so long when the truth lies in the documentation the authorities are hiding.
Time to work together as a team. They deserve the whole truth.

Posted by Maggie
a resident of Portola Valley
on Sep 19, 2021 at 9:38 am

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Sadly, it's clear this will never be resolved. The city of SF, especially the SFPD has been corrupt since the 60's.

Anyone who want to understand the political and legal culture in San Francisco during that time should read Season of the Witch by David Talbot.

Posted by JonnyK
a resident of Ventura
on Oct 5, 2021 at 12:48 pm

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They've pulled usable DNA from the Lizzie Borden crime scene, yet the SFPD has claimed they're convinced that there is no DNA to be found on a blood stained boot and a knife with a wooden handle that was "boiled clean" with water.

The extent to which they're willing to go, obfuscating and outright lying, is inexcusable. And yet, they're getting away with it.

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