BART Riders, Film Buffs Get Closer To Solving Mystery

By Jenna Lane, KCBS Radio Reporter

March 23, 2018
BART Mystery Photo

BART Mystery Photo (Photo credit: Library of Congress)

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) - BART riders and film buffs are getting closer to solving the mystery behind an image that has stumped even the Library of Congress. KCBS Radio’s Jenna Lane reports it’s a black-and-white photo that may have come from an underground horror or suspense film.

BART Mystery Photo
BART Mystery Photo (Photo credit: Library of Congress)

A woman so terrified, she seems to have forgotten the gun in her hand. Runs from something, someone in long-johns and a gas mask on a BART platform.

“Basically, everyone agrees it’s an amazing photo, no matter what the story is behind it,” BART Spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.

BART staff knows it predates the installation of safety strips at the edge of the platform. Based on the tiled walls it’s either the 16th or 24th Street Mission Station.

“We have helped with the outreach of trying to solve the mystery and we’re really getting close, because it’s all about the eyebrows!” Trost says. “So they are George Kuchar eyebrows. Which are these very dramatic, drawn on eyebrows.”

George Kuchar has died, but his brother, Mike also a local, Underground filmmaker may be able to name the project. 

Stay tuned…