Paul Drexler

Joseph Duncan, the bank wrecker

When it comes to celebrity criminals, Los Angeles has it all over…

The Death of Mamie Kelly

There is no doubt that 18-year-old Aleck Goldenson shot Mamie Kelly. Was…

The End of Billy Mulligan

The New York Times may have said it best: “Billy Mulligan’s Death;…

The Deadly Gas: A poisonous tale of murder-suicide

It could have been a headline story with casualties in the hundreds.…

The Father of Electrical Medicine

There is often a fine line between a quack and a visionary.…

Roy Gardner, King of the Escape Artists

Whether you’re a rock star, movie star or criminal, fame is fleeting.…

‘Big’ Bertha Heyman, the Confidence Queen

The term “Big Bertha” is used to describe the most spectacular example…

Murder most foul: The execution of Charles Russell

The Charles Russell murder case of 1872 split The City over the…

Fatal superstition or suspicious frame-up?

Either Fong Ah Sing was framed or he had one of the…

Elmer ‘Bones’ Remmer: San Francisco’s gambling czar

Anyone who believes that fat people are jolly never met Elmer “Bones”…

Isabella J. Martin: Queen of Grudges

If holding grudges was an Olympic event, Isabella Martin would have won…

The Yacht Bandits

Lloyd Sampsell and Ethan McNabb, dubbed the “Yacht Bandits,” were the Errol…

What the butler saw

"Burglar and Butler Battle in the Dark,” read the headline in the…

The Mooney-Billings Case Pt. 2

On July 22, 1916, the San Francisco Preparedness Day parade was to…

The Mooney–Billings Case

One hundred years ago, everyone knew who Tom Mooney was. Simply mentioning…

Celebrity Murder: Shady dealings help Maurice Curtis skirt conviction

We’re all familiar with the famous Los Angeles case in the 1990s…

A tale of two theories

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,…

Did Kidd die by the sword?

"SF Antique Dealer Slain — Tortured With Sword,” screamed the headline of…

‘Fatso’ Negri earns his stripes in crime world

Joseph Negri was born in San Francisco in 1905, and he gravitated…

The Howard Street Gang

In 1894, a mob of inebriated San Franciscans at Market and California…