Isaiah Lees

Maurice Curtis, the actor who portrated the title role in “Samuel of Posen,” was acquited of murder in the death of San Francisco Police Officer Alexander Grant in 1891. (Courtesy photo)

Celebrity Murder: Shady dealings help Maurice Curtis skirt conviction

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

 

Left, a diagram shows the entry wounds for the bullets that killed Issac Hoffman in 1897. Right, an illustration shows how Hoffman’s body was found in his office. (Courtesy photos)

A tale of two theories

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

 

Detective Isaiah Lees and the site of the case that made his career: the El Dorado Gambling House. (Courtesy photos)

Isaiah Lees and the Tunnel Bandits

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

 

James Hope, left, was a legendary bank robber who in 1881 crossed paths with Isaiah Lees, SFPD’s first Captain of Detectives. (Courtesy Thomas Byrnes’ “Rogues Gallery: 247 Professional Criminals of 19th Century America”)

Criminal genius meets his match

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

James Hope, left, was a legendary bank robber who in 1881 crossed paths with Isaiah Lees, SFPD’s first Captain of Detectives. (Courtesy Thomas Byrnes’ “Rogues Gallery: 247 Professional Criminals of 19th Century America”)