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Daniel James "Dan" White
Birth: Sep. 2, 1946
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
Death: Oct. 21, 1985
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA

Assassin of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone. He served as a paratrooper in the US Army in Vietnam. When he returned home to San Francisco in 1969 he joined the San Francisco Police Department. In 1973 he left the force and joined the San Francisco Fire Department where he won many awards for bravery. In 1977 he ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and won. The following year he resigned, saying that he could not live on the $9,600 he received. When he tried to rescind his resignation, fellow Supervisor and gay activist Harvey Milk adamantly opposed White's return. On the day that Mayor George Moscone was going to announce White's replacement, Dan White came a-calling, and with him he brought a .38 caliber revolver. He entered City Hall through the basement and when he found Moscone and Milk, he shot them to death. He had been a highly decorated soldier, policeman and fireman, but that is not what he will be remembered for. History will remember him as the 'junk food assassin' who claimed that his 'diminished capacity' was indicated by the fact that he, a formerly health-conscious individual, had turned to eating twinkies because he was clinically depressed. Thus became 'The Twinkie Defense'. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and served five years in Soledad State Prison. On October 21, 1985, less than two years after being paroled, he entered his San Francisco garage, hooked a rubber hose to his car's exhaust pipe and expired from carbon monoxide poisoning. His upright marker reads 'Daniel J. White (September 2, 1946-October 21, 1985), Sgt. U.S. Army, Vietnam.' 
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  Charles Edward White (1920 - 1963)

Cause of death: Suicide
Golden Gate National Cemetery
San Bruno
San Mateo County
California, USA
Plot: Section 2C, Marker 5064
GPS (lat/lon): 37.634, -122.43461
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Record added: Sep 17, 1998
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