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Murder and Mayhem: 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California 1849-1949

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Murder and Mayhem: 52 Crimes that Shocked Early California 1849-1949

Michael Thomas Barry

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Relive some of the most notorious and long-forgotten historical crime stories of early California, from the Gold Rush to the mid-twentieth century. Told through shocking newspaper headlines of the time, these 52 stories include the exploits and dastardly deeds of infamous bandits, Joaquin Murrieta, Juan Flores, and Tiburcio Vasquez. Experience the poetic adventures of the most famous stagecoach robber, Black Bart, the murderous rampages of fiends, such as John Anschlag, Mose Gibson, Leon Soeder, Theodore Durrant, and the infamous Black Widow, Louise Peete. Also discussed are a treasure trove of unsolved murders including the notorious Black Dahlia slaying, the killing of mobster Bugsy Siegel, and the San Diego Slayer case. These true tales come to life with dozens of rare photographs. Sit back and relax as the darker side of the Golden State is explored.

Size: 6″ x 9″ | 87 color & b/w photos | Index | 192 pp
ISBN13: 9780764339684 | Binding: soft cover


Michael Thomas Barry is a graduate of the California State University, Fullerton. He is the author of Final Resting Places Orange County’s Dead & Famous, which was a National Best Books 2010 Award winner. He is also the author of Fade to Black: Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats, 1927-1950.