San Diego Murder and Mayhem

San Diego Murder and Mayhem

by Steve Willard


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Early twentieth-century San Diego was growing fast, and the officers sworn to protect the city encountered more than their fair share of wily lawbreakers. From a shootout with a lone gunman in Mission Hills to gunfights with a gang of bank robbers that involved enthusiastic bystanders hoping to assist, detectives and patrolmen alike tried to maintain the peace. They encountered unexpected bodies, confronted car thieves and pursued criminals through neighboring states and into Mexico. Join author Steve Willard as he unearths stories directly from the case files of the early San Diego Police Department.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467138550
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 11/12/2018
Series: Murder & Mayhem
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,222,898
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

A San Diego resident since 1977, author Steve Willard joined the SDPD in 1985 and has worked patrol, crime prevention/public affairs, the detective bureau, the Traffic Division and management. He became a charter member of the San Diego Police Museum in 1997 and is the historian of the San Diego Police Officers Association. A reoccurring columnist in two law enforcement periodicals, Steve has authored three books on SDPD history and has consulted on a number of other historical projects.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

1 Death of the Stingarcc 11

2 Los Fugitivos 16

3 Death in Room Nine 28

4 Secrets in Chinatown 37

5 Murder in Mission Valley 50

6 The Black and White Bandits 64

7 Mission Hills Mayhem 73

8 Murder at the California Theatre 78

9 Hot Water 86

10 Femme Fatale 97

11 The Night Stalker 109

12 A Death Wish 116

13 The Straw Killer 124

The Characters 135

Bibliography 141

About the Author 144

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