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Murders, Mysteries, and Misdemeanors in Northern California
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Murders, Mysteries, and Misdemeanors in Northern California

Author(s): Robert Walsh
Northern California has a fascinating criminal history. Some of America’s most infamous criminals and outlaws lived and died in the area, including John Paul Chase, partner of Public Enemy Number One, Lester “Baby Face Nelson” Gillis.

Others have come from far afield to exploit the opportunities of Californian crime. Englishman Charles Boles, AKA “Black Bart the Poet,” was only one of many. With crime, naturally, comes punishment.

In 1937, the Folsom Five tried to escape, murdering Warden Clarence Larkin in the process. Instead of escaping Folsom, they entered California’s history as the first men to die in its new gas chamber the next year.

The legendary Battle of Alcatraz ended in bloodshed and recriminations from prison staff and convicts alike, with accusations that staff needlessly endangered convicts’ lives and arranged the wrongful execution of convict Sam Shockley.

Northern California may not be as well-known for its crime as Southern California, but it’s a fascinating part of the Golden State’s history all the same.


Robert Walsh has spent many years studying crime and criminals, particularly more obscure cases. Robert grew up on Dartmoor, site of England’s most notorious prison. Dartmoor’s most infamous inmates, such as “Acid Bath Murderer” John George Haigh, inspired his interest in the subject. His print work has appeared in Real Crime Magazine and Crime Magazine and been cited in books, academic texts, and articles. His online credits include Narratively, Crime Traveller, New Internationalist, and his own website, www.crimescribe.com. Robert was also an expert consultant to BBC Radio Four’s series Punt PI for its episode on the Baker Street Bank Robbery.

ISBN: 9781634992381
FORMAT: Paperback
PUBLISHER: America Through Time
DATE: 9/28/2020
STATE: California
SERIES: America Through Time
PAGES: 160
DIMENSIONS: 9.25 (w) x 6 (h)