Paul Drexler

A view of 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard shows where Officer Rae Godfrey attempted a traffic stop on Joe Sole in 1933. (Courtesy photo)

Brutal death of ‘bad cop’ goes unquestioned

Officer Rae Godfrey stood out as a “bad cop,” which was not…

A view of 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard shows where Officer Rae Godfrey attempted a traffic stop on Joe Sole in 1933. (Courtesy photo)
The San Francisco Examiner was so enthralled with the murder of Biaggio Vilardo that it enlisted three bloodhounds to track the scent of blood from Vilardo's severed head.

Black Hand hitman avoids prosecution

On the evening of April 9, 1905, Officer Minihan discovered a man’s…

The San Francisco Examiner was so enthralled with the murder of Biaggio Vilardo that it enlisted three bloodhounds to track the scent of blood from Vilardo's severed head.
Police sketches of the Zodiac.

Ultimate puzzle: The world of Zodiology

The Zodiac Killer case is the most famous murder mystery of modern…

Police sketches of the Zodiac.
A raid of the 2801 Broadway home in 1966 uncovered a 70-ton arsenal of weaponry. (Paul Drexler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The house on Billionaires’ Row

The 2800 block of Broadway, known as Billionaires’ Row, is the most…

A raid of the 2801 Broadway home in 1966 uncovered a 70-ton arsenal of weaponry. (Paul Drexler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Beastly man began landlady killing spree in SF

Beastly man began landlady killing spree in SF

Long before serial killers became commonplace — before Ted Bundy, John Gacy…

Beastly man began landlady killing spree in SF
A cartoon in the San Francisco Examiner depicts the case of Cordelia Botkin. (Courtesy Photo)

Candy from a Stranger: The Gifts of Cordelia Botkin

Chocolate has been an integral part of San Francisco since the Gold…

A cartoon in the San Francisco Examiner depicts the case of Cordelia Botkin. (Courtesy Photo)
Cultured killer fascinates SF phrenologists

Cultured killer fascinates SF phrenologists

A recent Department of Education survey revealed that over half of American…

Cultured killer fascinates SF phrenologists
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Who was in on the Great Diamond Hoax?

It was the perfect crime, brilliantly conceived and executed. No widows and…

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