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.
- San Francisco, city of myths - are any true? by Carl Nolte