California: The City with the Golden Gate

At first. William Bowman, a Jewish furniture dealer, and his wife dismissed the episodes as pranks. When swastikas were smeared in lipstick on their two-story house in San Francisco's Sunset district, they quietly wiped the marks off; when they began to get obscene telephone calls, Bowman simply hung up, saying "wrong number, wrong number." The Bowmans did not realize then that the "pranks" were only the beginning of months of terror in which their spirits would gradually decay and their happiness disintegrate under the pressure of an unseen force.

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