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The story goes that after the 1906 earthquake a state of martial law was proclaimed in the city by mayor Eugene Schmitz. This is actually an urban legend and no evidence exists to support the claim.

According to the legend, though, the mayor had issued a blanket KILL order (supposedly written in all caps) to police officers and the military. The myth also claims that there was a lot of gunfire after the quake and fire, and that people were summarily executed all over the city.

The truth Edit

In reality, no martial law was introduced after the natural disaster.

In fact, only 5 people were accused of murder in the aftermath of the earthquake, and all 5 were acquitted.

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