crime history

Calls to pardon Tom Mooney and Warren Billings spread to Moscow, New York, London and Paris. (Courtesy photo)

The Mooney-Billings Case Pt. 2

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

 

Warren Billings, pictured left at age 40, and Tom Mooney, at age 22. (Courtesy photos)

The Mooney–Billings Case

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

 

Spud Murphy, one of the leaders of the Howard Street Gang, is pictured with his mother at trial. (Courtesy photo)

The Howard Street Gang

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

 

Joseph Frenna testifies at his trial, claiming James Turner had swindled him and caused him to temporarily lose his sanity. (Courtesy photo)

‘Joe the Barber’

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

Joseph Frenna testifies at his trial, claiming James Turner had swindled him and caused him to temporarily lose his sanity. (Courtesy photo)
Frank McManus, dubbed the “King of the Potrero, was known as a violent, heavy drinker with tremendous political clout. (Courtesy photo)

‘King of The Potrero’

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

Frank McManus, dubbed the “King of the Potrero, was known as a violent, heavy drinker with tremendous political clout. (Courtesy photo)
After gaining fame and fortune by performing illegal abortions in San Francisco, Inez Burns spent two years in jail and lost most of her money to the IRS.(Courtesy photos)

Inez Burns: A Necessary Evil

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

After gaining fame and fortune by performing illegal abortions in San Francisco, Inez Burns spent two years in jail and lost most of her money to the IRS.(Courtesy photos)
Charles and Belle Cora, San Francisco’s first star-crossed lovers, are buried in a quiet corner of Mission Dolores cemetery. (Paul Drexler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Civilizing San Francisco

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

Charles and Belle Cora, San Francisco’s first star-crossed lovers, are buried in a quiet corner of Mission Dolores cemetery. (Paul Drexler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A drawing depicts the violent exchange between John "Chicken" Devine, center, and Billy MNaitland, left, during which Maitland chopped off Devine's hand with a carving knife. (Courtesy photo)

What’s in a nickname?

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

A drawing depicts the violent exchange between John "Chicken" Devine, center, and Billy MNaitland, left, during which Maitland chopped off Devine's hand with a carving knife. (Courtesy photo)