San Francisco 'Mind Control Murders' ?
Thu Oct 20, 2005 19:05

WHY are there so many people hearing 'voices' these days, WHY do these 'voices' ALWAYS seem to tell them to do BAD things, and WHY are people obeying these 'voices'? Is *really* because of mental illnes? Are the 'voices' man-made? Is there any secret technology that can FORCE people to obey these man-made 'voices'? Mental illness or mind control? Only "our" government knows for sure...


The San Francisco Chronicle
LENGTH: 881 words
HEADLINE: 3 kids feared dead -- thrown into S.F. bay; Mother who said she heard voices is arrested -- child's
body is recovered near Fort Mason
SOURCE: Chronicle Staff Writers
BYLINE: Kevin Fagan, Jaxon Van Derbeken

A 23-year-old woman who said she was hearing voices stripped her three small children naked Wednesday and threw them off a San Francisco fishing pier into the bay, authorities said.

Diners and strollers watched in horror as rescuers raced against an ebb tide to search for the children in the murky waters off Pier 7. After five hours, the body of a small child was pulled from the bay near Fort Mason. Minutes later, police booked the mother of the children, Lashaun Harris of Oakland, on three counts of murder.

Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said that with the water temperature in the 50s, it was unlikely that any of the children had survived.

"It would be hard to be in there for long," she said.

Harris' children were identified as Trayshaun Harris, 6, Travante Greely, 3, and Joshua Harris, 1.

A witness who had been walking near the pier with his two children called 911 about 5:30 p.m. to report that he had seen the woman throw the children from the fishing pier into the bay about 10 feet below, authorities said.

A rescue crew responded within four minutes, according to the fire chief. Police arrived moments later and ran across the wooden pier, which juts 100 yards into the bay.

Harris was standing near the 4-foot railing that surrounds the dock, apparently waiting for police to get there, authorities said.

"She was blank, just blank," said one of the rescue crew members.

Harris told investigators that voices had told her to throw the children into the water, authorities said.

Officers put her in the backseat of a patrol car and drove away. Halfway down the pier, a blue baby carriage sat with a pile of clothes around it.

Mary Ann Ramirez, social services manager of the Salvation Army's Garden Street shelter, said Harris had been staying there for about two months. "The mom came to the shelter with three kids -- she was very shy, very reserved.''

Trayshaun, the eldest child, she said, was "such a sweet child -- he loved school. He started first grade when he came to the Salvation Army; it was a new school.

"He would come home every day, ask his mom to please take me to homework club. He really loved school. He loved his brothers, helped his mom with the kids a lot,'' Ramirez said.

She said she had just talked to Harris on Tuesday.

"I just talked to her yesterday. We had our usual how are you doing, how's the kids. I would never have guessed in a million years that today she would do that.''

The children's father, Travante Greely of Alameda, was talking with police in the East Bay city last night, Lt. Jeff Swatman said.

"He's totally distraught,'' Swatman said. "We are helping him get in touch with other family.''

Police and fire marine units on jet skis spent several hours looking for the children. As night fell, searchers fired flares to illuminate the bay. Patrol craft and at least one outboard motorboat crisscrossed the water along the Embarcadero, while a Coast Guard helicopter hovered overhead.

Pamela Horowitz, a hostess at the Waterfront Restaurant and Cafe, which sits one pier to the north of Pier 7, said a man ran into the restaurant and asked her to watch his two young boys. She said one of the children had told her that he had seen a "mom throw two kids over the pier."

Horowitz said the man had walked half a mile from the pier because he didn't want the woman to see his boys.

"He was scared," Horowitz said of the man. "The thing that worries me is that little boy seeing all that. He's only 7. He'll remember this for the rest of his life."

As evening fell and hope of finding any of the children alive faded, a dozen firefighters walked somberly off the pier. One of them, carrying a long ladder over his shoulder, sadly shook his head when asked if he had any luck finding the bodies.

Christina Todd, a bystander, stood looking into the water as the rescuers searched the murky depths.

"It reminds me of the Andrea Yates case," she said, referring to the Texas woman who was convicted of drowning her five children in the bathtub of her family's Texas home in 2001. Yates is serving a life sentence.

"We just moved here from Houston a month ago, and we were there for that," Todd said. "And now this. It's awful, just awful."

Searchers on a boat pulled the body of one of the children from the bay near Fort Mason, about 4 miles from Pier 7, about 10:15 p.m.

"I was just riding my bicycle by here, and I saw them bring in one bundle, wrapped in white cloth, maybe 3 feet long," said passer-by Arthur Hudson, holding his hands out to indicate the size of the body. "Pretty terrible. You could tell it was a child."

At Fort Mason, the smoky stench from the flares drifted across the dock as a police officer on the docked boat handed the wrapped body to another officer, who carried it into a nearby building.

After loading the body into a medical examiner's white van, police officers took down their crime-scene tape and piled into their cruisers to drive away.

"Remember now," shouted one investigator. "We've got two more bodies out there, so let's keep looking."Chronicle staff writer Stacy Finz contributed to this report.E-mail the writers at  and

GRAPHIC: PHOTO (5), MAP, (1) Officer Debra Anderson watches as rescuers search for three young children who were stripped and tossed into the water. / Lacy Atkins / The Chronicle, (2-4) Trayshaun Harris, 6, left, Travante Greely, 3, and Joshua Harris, 1, are believed to be dead. / Photos courtesy of KTVU, (4) An investigator for the San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office moves the body of a child found in the waters off Fort Mason. / Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The Chronicle, MAP: / The Chronicle

Mom Arrested In Kids' Bay Deaths
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 20, 2005

(CBS/AP) A woman who tossed her three young children off a pier into San Francisco Bay near Fishermen's Wharf has been arrested, authorities said Thursday, and the Coast Guard searched for the bodies of two of the children.

The body of a third child was recovered Wednesday more than three miles from the pier near a yacht club not far from the Golden Gate Bridge, reports CBS News correspondent John Blackstone.

Lashaun Harris, 23, of Oakland, was booked on three counts of murder and three counts of assault on a child with great bodily injury, according to Susan Fahey, spokeswoman for the San Francisco Sheriff's Department. Harris remained in custody early Thursday with no court date set, she said. Harris' children were identified as Trayshaun Harris, 6, Travante Greely, 2, and Joshua Harris, 1.

Witnesses on the pedestrian pier had reported seeing a woman strip three young children naked then throw them into the Bay.

While rescuers searched for the children Wednesday night, an empty stroller was visible on the pier. A small inflatable Coast Guard boat hugged the water front as rescuers used hand-held flashlights to search under the pier. Larger Coast Guard and San Francisco police boats searched the water with high-powered flashlights.

Mayor Gavin Newsom came to the scene to get briefed by authorities, telling reporters, "I'm sick to my stomach," before leaving.

Lashaun Harris told authorities that voices had told her to throw her children into the water, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. It was not immediately known whether she had an attorney.

Asia Powell, who identified herself as Harris' cousin, said Harris was taking medication for a mental illness.

"When the doctors seen her she would straighten up you know. And then when she wasn't around the doctors, she would be on a whole different level, off her medication," Powell told CBS station KPIX-TV. "I know that she would never hurt her kids."

Harris had been staying with her children at a Salvation Army shelter in Oakland, the Chronicle reported.

"I just talked to her yesterday," Mary Ann Ramirez, the shelter's social services manager, told the newspaper Wednesday. "We had our usual, 'How are you doing, how's the kids.' I would never have guessed in a million years that today she would do that."

The pier is in the Embarcadero area, which draws tourists to the historic Ferry Building within view of Coit Tower and the landmark Transamerica pyramid. It's about a mile from Fishermen's Wharf.

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