Paul Drexler

The Gas Pipe Gang

In 1906, San Francisco was struck by two major infernos. The fire…

‘Joe the Barber’

You can get away with murder if you pick the right person.…

Isaiah Lees and the Tunnel Bandits

William Pinkerton called him “The greatest criminal catcher the West ever knew.”…

The Little Frog Catcher

I wonder which toilet Jeanne Bonnet would have to use in North…

The Ding Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line

“The Ding-Dong Daddy of the D-car line Had a thing for the…

‘King of The Potrero’

A king, a gossoon and a bear walked into a bar. No,…

Inez Burns: A Necessary Evil

Love her or hate her, praise her or damn her, there was…

The Crimes of ‘Dr. Grant’

Is abortion murder? Today, the answer depends on your religious and moral…

Criminal genius meets his match

The chief bookkeeper at San Francisco’s Sather Bank knew the white stuff…

Civilizing San Francisco

The story of Charles and Belle Cora is a tale of prostitution,…

Chinatown tong wars

Kwong Duck Tong member Ming Long was not a happy camper on…

Jerome Bassity: King of the Tenderloin

Jerome Bassity, also known as “The King of the Tenderloin,” was the…

The United States Vs Raymond ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow

Trial notes Dec 23,2015 Prologue:  On March 13, 2014 FBI agents in …

I left my crime family in San Francisco

You rarely hear about organized crime in San Francisco, and many wonder…

Fury of a woman scorned

Picture a boat approaching the Ferry Building on a warm night in…

Visionary meets con artist

Some of the early immigrants to San Francisco were criminals, hustlers and…

Gray brothers had it coming all along

“He had it comin’, he had it comin’, He only had himself…

What’s in a nickname?

Never in the history of nicknames has there been a more misleading…

Reign of the Terror Bandits

The reign of the Terror Bandits began with a gun and ended…

The Grandma from Hell

Iva Kroeger had an obsession with nursing. Her first arrest, in 1945,…