In the nineteenth century, the art of photography revolutionized police methods of criminal identification as detectives made collections of criminal portraits in “Rogues Galleries.”
In this engaging collection, J. D. Chandler presents portraits of thirteen infamous criminals from Portland, illuminating the history of crime in that city. Some of them straddled the law and rose to positions of great power, like James Lappeus, Portland’s first police chief; Senator John Mitchell; and Tom Johnson, the notorious Black vice-king of Portland.
Some were career criminals like Dutch Pete Stroff, who created a regional crime empire based in Portland, and Little Dutch Herman, who ran a murder-for-hire ring from his nightclub, The Wigwam.
Others were brutal opportunists, like Portland’s most notorious woman of the nineteenth century, Carrie Bradley; mob-enforcer turned serial killer, Douglas Franklin Wright; and Alvin “Bud” Brown, Portland’s forgotten serial killer. All of them lived in Portland and left their bloody mark on the city.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Fred F. Poyner IV is an art historian and author with a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His professional career in the museum industry has spanned twenty-six years and included curatorial roles with the Museum of Northwest Art, Texas Maritime Museum, Washington State Historical Society, and National Nordic Museum. His first book, The First Sculptor of Seattle: The Life and Art of James A. Wehn, received the Association of King County Historical Organization’s (AKCHO) Virginia Marie Folkins Award for Outstanding Historical Publication in 2015. He has published several other books on local Northwest art and history, including Seattle Public Sculptors: Twelve Makers of Monuments, Memorials and Statuary, 1909-1962 in 2017. He currently lives in Issaquah, Washington, with his family.