Paul Drexler

Grace and Mel

Dear Abby, “I live on a ranch with my husband and my…

The Baby Bandits

“Live fast, die young, leave a good looking corpse.” It’s a maxim…

The Buttermilk Bluebeard, Part II

The story so far: Tipped off by the relatives of Eva Krebs,…

The Buttermilk Bluebeard, Part I

Buttermilk is the new black. This ancient drink, originally a byproduct of…

Murder in the Seaside cottage

When police entered the modest cottage in Seaside, Calif., on Aug. 11,…

The Good Career Move

Killing someone is not generally considered a good career move. It is…

The Demon of the Belfry: San Francisco’s Crime of the Century, Part II

In April 1895, two young women were found murdered inside Emanuel Baptist…

The Demon of the Belfry: San Francisco’s Crime of the Century, Part I

This was the case that would have made John Walsh and Nancy…

Retired SFPD officer recalls deadly rampage in the Sunset

San Francisco police officer Ken Katz had finished his shift at 6:40…

A deadly secret on Mount Tamalpais

With its hiking trails and sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay,…

Baby Marcus and the largest manhunt in SF history

A child’s kidnapping is every parent’s worst nightmare. But this gut-wrenching case…

The Peephole Murder

"There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of…

‘Bloody Babs’ and the robbery gone wrong

It is 18 miles from Oakland to San Quentin, from where Barbara…

Joe ‘Kid’ Sullivan: King of Pickpockets

Pickpocketing is a lost art in today’s world. But 100 years ago,…

The mysterious death of Chief Biggy

“When constabulary duty’s to be done, A policeman’s lot is not a…

William Sanford: The American Raskolnikov

Would you believe that the main character in one of literature’s most…

The Socialite and the Hired Hand

There’s nothing we love better than rich people getting in trouble. So…

David Lamson’s Ordeal, Part II

The story so far: At 10 a.m. on Memorial Day 1933, Allene…

David Lamson’s Ordeal, Part I

I don’t care what Jiminy Cricket sings in “When You Wish Upon…

From artificial silk to genuine murder

Today, technology uses computers to replicate people. One hundred years ago, technology…