The killing of Diane Whipple remains one of the most emotional and indelible crimes in modern San Francisco history. Five days before her 34th birthday, Whipple returned from a grocery store run to her home at 2398 Pacific Ave. There, in the hallway outside her apartment, she was attacked by a massive Presa Canario named Bane. Bane weighed close to 130 pounds; Whipple weighed just 110.
A neighbor who heard Whipple’s screams called 911. By the time police arrived, there was little that could be done for her; the dog’s powerful jaws had punctured her trachea and left almost 80 bite marks on her body. A medical examiner would later say the only parts of Whipple’s body that were spared were “the top of her head” and “the soles of her feet.”