California Scheming- Mugshots & Case Files From The Gangster Era- Volume 2 Richard MacPherson

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California Scheming- Mugshots & Case Files From The Gangster Era- Volume 2 by Richard MacPherson
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The following collection of mugshots and case files from Californias earlier days, spanning the years 1897-1920, will astound, shock, enlighten, confound, and intrigue readers and enthusiasts of both history and true crime. Made up of convictedMoreThe following collection of mugshots and case files from Californias earlier days, spanning the years 1897-1920, will astound, shock, enlighten, confound, and intrigue readers and enthusiasts of both history and true crime.

Made up of convicted criminals from Folsom & San Quentin prisons, these dossiers, each with vivid mugshot photographs, provide rare glimpses into not only how different life was a century ago, but also how our prison system operated both in terms of parole, pardons, and rehabilitation. You will see a vastly different world than you do today.Each case file includes a highly detailed description of the crime committed (from original trial transcripts and/or statements of the convict), their length of sentence, prison record, parole record if applicable, and other salient details.

It was each of these criminals desires to have their sentences reduced, or, if they were out on parole, to be pardoned so that they could enjoy the benefits of life as free citizens. To that end, affidavits of character witnesses, statements of presiding judges, district attorneys, police officers, prison wardens, or anyone else who could put a word in for them were used. The decision then rested with the Pardon Board, and in some cases, the Governor Of California himself.These were tough characters- murderers, rapists, thieves. Some fairly dripped with evil, but others acted out of anger, regret or spur of the moment passion, and were not inherently reckless.

They acted alone, and also with gangs of cohorts. They murdered their mothers, their wives, their girlfriends, their associates, their antagonists. They were pedophiles. They abused alcohol. They abused themselves.They escaped with their accomplices in jalopies down the streets of 1918 Los Angeles, and escaped on horseback in remote California counties. But they also showed remorse, some of them, and did well after parole. Some of them were even granted a pardon for it.Some of these pardons were deserved, but some of them were not.

Justice is an imperfect thing to be sure, but it was far less perfect a century ago, before forensics, DNA, and other methods we take for granted today. This is perhaps the most interesting thing about these case files- you will see how little we really understood about the criminal mind back then, especially with regards the mentally ill, sex criminals or other serial offenders.Each volume in the California Scheming series details 15 criminals, and their dossiers can range from 2 pages to 20 pages each, totaling about 75 pages each volume.

If you like what you read, pick up the other volumes of California Scheming on kindle also! This volume features Chinese Tong Wars in San Francisco over slave girls, wife murderers, serial rapists, prostitute murders, pimps and some early gangs and their getaway cars in Los Angeles.So without further adieu, I invite you all to take yourselves back in time, to an era of Model T Fords, revolvers, ranch murders, hot, dusty streets, tenderloin districts, wide open spaces, and into the bloody and violent underworld of late 19th-early 20th Century California.

Dont say I didnt warn you.



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