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We have brought a searchlight down on the bakery and the Bey family.
Yusuf Ali Bey was a charismatic leader who enticed mayors, city council members and other power brokers to his fiefdom at the bakery, one of Oakland's most venerable--and controversial--black institutions.
For more than 30 years, Bey was viewed as a pillar of the community, a vital link to disenfranchised Oakland neighborhoods where drugs, intimidation and murder are part of the landscape.
When Bey appeared in public, a cadre of heavily armed foot soldiers, impeccably dressed in suits and bow ties, stood guard.
Using birth certificates, sworn depositions and other records, Bailey project reporters confirmed that Yusuf Bey had at least 42 children with 14 women and girls.
While Bey was promoting himself as a model black entrepreneur, he was raping and beating women and girls who lived with him, according to the testimony of five women.
In 2002, when Bey was charged with preying on young girls, prosecutors said they had evidence to prove he had fathered five children with four victims under the age of 14.
When he died in October 2003 from colon cancer at age 67, Bey was awaiting trial for child rape.
The Chauncey Bailey Project has been burrowing deep into the empire Bey created, meticulously connecting the dots on criminal activities.
Due to the project's inquiries, police have reopened investigations into three unsolved murders dating as far back as 1968, all with potential Bey family links.
An account of a 1986 slaying linked to Yusuf Ali Bey ran April 9.
A series in February titled "Women of the Bakery" was based on the project's research into reports women in the Bey family made to police in 2002, their sworn depositions in 2005 and related reports prepared by police, the county social services agency and the courts.