The Horrific San Ysidro Massacre

On July 18, 1984 families converged at a local McDonalds in San Ysidro, California for a meal and to let the kids play. Little did they know, their entire world would change over the course of just 77 minutes.
*Disclaimer* This story is a little more graphic than our other ones. Below in the credits, there is a video of the crime scene, please only watch if you can stomach the scene.

A bird eye's view of the McDonald's were James Huberty killed 21 ...
Ariel view of the San Ysidro McDonalds

Multiple angles of the McDonald's where James Huberty shot and ...
Different Angles of the Site

Pin on Guns in America
One of the victims of the shooting that was used all over media

San Ysidro McDonald's Massacre — 35 Years Later | KPBS
Memorial Built to the Victims on the Site

Daughter of 1984 gunman James Huberty speaks out and gives advice ...
James Huberty

All links to source material can be found below:
Wiki page for the massacare
San Diego Union Tribune article about the documentary that was made about the massacre titled ’77 Minutes’
History Collection photo slide of the massacre
KBPS News article about the massacre 35 years later
Murderpedia article about James Huberty
New York Daily News article about James’s Daughter speaking out about the tragedy her father caused

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  1. Really enjoy your podcast, so far good presentation and awesome perspectives of true crime cases. This one is close to home for me, I was 16 at the time and remember how disturbing and upsetting that something so tragic and random could occur in everyday US. I appreciate both of you fighting to not make this political because we know that isn’t a solution now days. If auto deaths account for an average 38,000 deaths a year and guns average 36,000; then we clearly do not have real answers since both should not be issued unless the recipient has met better qualifying standards and the local governments did not use them as revenue sources. Do not mean to preach.
    When random violence on a mass scale occurs it is a “terrorist” act regardless of legal definition, our last big 3 mass shootings broke all the previous profiles of race, mental health, ideology, wealth, education and family history- a campus, a night club, a hotel/concert venue. The only real common thread is they were planned for maximum effect.
    Last thought since now I sound like a rambling idiot- local and state governments should seek and recruit talented high schools for mental health career. If the student graduates with the required degree then they pay their tuition (unless state school-free) and hire them to fill clinics and hospitals or rural travel units. How do we pay for this, alcohol/tobacco/vape tax and auto/gun licenses.
    Continued success on the podcast!

    1. John,
      Thank you so much for your support and your willingness to listen to us. We appreciate your input so much, and hope that you continue listening in the future.
      Warmest Regards,
      Alex and Amber.

  2. I was 14 years old when this happened and I understood everything that was going on. I was afraid to go to any restaurant for a while because I thought someone would come in and shoot me. It was terrifying and it was the beginning of something horrible. It was a very very sad story to hear. The kids that perished that day just because they wanted McDonalds. Unforgettable event.

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