Jury Convicts San Francisco Skyscraper Climber ‘SpiderDan’

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — Dan “SpiderDan” Goodwin said he scaled San Francisco’s 58-story Millennium Tower to raise fire safety awareness, but a jury Tuesday afternoon convicted him of two misdemeanor counts.

Jurors in San Francisco County Superior Court deliberated for three hours before finding the 55-year-old Goodwin guilty of creating a public nuisance and evading arrest.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Judge Teri Jackson dismissed a third count, a trespassing charge against Goodwin, before giving the case to the jury.

Goodwin had testified on Monday that he climbed the Mission Street residential high-rise on Sept. 6 on a crusade to draw attention to what he saw as a national lack of preparedness to fight skyscraper fires.

Goodwin, who is a cancer survivor, also had said he wanted to show people can beat the deadly disease and scale tall buildings.

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  1. Sammie says:

    So what that he is a cancer survivor, he’s an idiot.

  2. DONALD E FAIRCLOTH says:

    VERY HARD TO UNDERSTAND WHY A MAN WOULD GO THIS FAR TO PROVE HIS POINT MAY EVEN CAUSE HARM TO OTHERS

  3. BudM says:

    “to raise fire safety awareness” . May be he should raise awareness that being cancer survivor does not make you a smart person, just think how much money SF had wasted on this stunt when the city is broke.

  4. lpfireman says:

    With its budget deficit, SF City should sell scaling permits and allow the thrill-seekers to pursue their dreams. Make them also buy liability and self-destruction
    insurance to cover first-responders should they fall and splattered the sidewalk
    or killed an innocent pedestrian.

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