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DR. HAROLD G. BELASCO
Funeral services were held Monday in San Francisco for Dr. Harold G. Belasco, 60, who died suddenly in San Francisco October 27.
A native of San Francisco, he had been a resident of Daly City for the past 16 years, where he and his wife, Virginia, lived at 282 Wilshire Avenue in Westlake. He was a graduate of the University of California, class of 1925.
Also surviving are his brothers, David and Raymond Belasco.
Private interment followed the services.
The Record & Westlake Times, Page 4, Wednesday, November 2, 1966
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Daly City Man Shot To Death
A Daly City chiropractor was shot to death Thursday evening ten blocks away from his San Francisco office. Dr. Harold George Belasco, 60, a resident of Daly City for the past 16 years was shot three times as he walked along Balboa Avenue in the Richmond District.
The shooting of Dr. Belasco of 282 Wilshire Avenue, puzzled San Francisco Police. Belasco was described as “well mannered and good natured.”
He lived with his wife Virginia in Westlake at the Wilshire address.
Record-Enterprise. Front Page, Sunday, October 30, 1966
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Duel Possibility In Doctor’s Death
The strange circumstances surrounding the slaying last week of Daly City Chiropractor Dr. Harold Belasco grew increasingly mysterious as the investigation into the shooting deepened.
San Francisco homicide inspectors advance at least two theories to explain the shooting death of the 64 year old Daly City resident.
In one version, the doctor and his slayer exchanged gunfire during a foot chase from the doctor’s offices at 909 Balboa Avenue around the corner to 661 Tenth Avenue, where the bullet riddled body was found.
Police conjure that the murderer intended to rob Dr. Belasco inside his office.
The doctor might have chased the man from the office and pursued him to the street in a running gun battle, police said.
It is not known yet whether the bullets that took Dr. Belasco’s life were from his own .38 caliber revolver, found beside his crumpled body, or from another gun.
A “two fun theory” has been put forward in which the victim emptied his own pistol at the killer before being fatally struck down by returned fire.
Police working on the case would not comment on whether there was a “blood trail” leading away from the shooting scene, but Criminologist John Williams said he was studying “all the facts in the case.”
Supporting the theory of the sidewalk gun battle is the fact that an eyewitness saw a man wearing a dark suit, white shirt without tie, running from the scene toward Park Presidio Drive with a gun in his hand.
Earlier, a man answering the same description was seen in the doctor’s waiting room.
Dr. Belasco was a long-time resident of Daly City, having lived at 282 Wilshire Avenue for more than 16 years with his wife Virginia.
Neighbors described him as a quiet, well-mannered man, but said he often boasted he “would never be robbed.”
The Record & Westlake Times, Page 2, Wednesday, November 2, 1966
From CADI: BELASCO HAROLD G 06/09/1902 OHAIRE M CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO 10/27/1966 567-54-7878 64 yrs
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