Murder & Mayhem in the Napa Valley

Murder & Mayhem in the Napa Valley


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The picturesque vineyards of California's Napa Valley, one of the world's premier tourist destinations, disguise a tangled history of lawlessness, depravity and frontier justice. Some crimes were committed over debts, some for retribution and others in the name of love. Famed photographer Eadweard Muybridge killed a man for seducing his wife but was acquitted. Other criminals were not so lucky and met the gallows, like murderer William Roe, the state's final public execution. From the Pomo massacre--the first criminal case heard by the California Supreme Court--to the cold cases that continue to haunt the region, Napa Police Detective Todd Shulman decants the crimes of the Napa Valley, memorializing the victims and honoring the efforts of local law enforcement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609495442
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 08/14/2012
Series: Murder & Mayhem
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,267,034
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Todd L. Shulman works in law enforcement at the Napa Police Department. He has held positions within the department as a detective, training officer, crime scene specialist, corporal, and cold case investigator. Shulman formed the non-profit Napa Police Historical Society in 2006. John Boessenecker is the award-winning author of numerous books on crime and law enforcement in frontier California

Table of Contents

Foreword John Boessenecker 5

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

1 The First Murder Trial 11

2 Too Late to Stay 19

3 A Debt Repaid 23

4 A Wild Horse Murder 27

5 Brannan Bites a Bullet 31

6 A Film Pioneer Who Packed a Pistol 35

7 The Suicide that Wasn't 44

8 Winery Owner's Train Tragedy 49

9 The Last Lynching 52

10 The Last Public Execution 56

11 Bucking the System 65

12 A Cup of Joe 73

13 The Belle of Chiles Valley 78

14 A Solid Comfort Home Resort Murder? 81

15 A Mine Murder 84

16 A Man Who Went Sour 90

17 A Wild Ride 97

18 A Town's Innocence Lost 103

19 A Day at the Lake Turns Deadly 107

20 The Crime that Froze Time 113

21 The Oldest Profession 120

22 The Great Escapes 127

Bibliography 135

About the Author 143

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