Notorious Crooks

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…

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…

‘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…

I left my crime family in San Francisco

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