California Justice: Shootouts, Lynchings, and Assassinations in the Golden State

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Introducing the victims and perpetrators responsible for California's most notorious shootouts, lynchings, and assassinations, this account shows how homemade justice is never black-and-white. In relating these histories, this discussion also analyzes how and why Hollywood storylines almost always follow the same skewed and unrealistic arc in which the bad guys abuse the good guys, the good guy take the high road until the bad guy has gone too far, and the good guy picks off the bad guys, one by one, in an increasingly dramatic fashion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884995545
  • Publisher: Word Dancer Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 155
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Kulczyk is a Sacramento bases freelance writer and award-winning author of short fiction. His work has appearing in the Sacramento News and Review, Chico News and Review, East Bay Express, and SF Guardian. He is also an associate editor for Maximum Ink Music magazine.
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Table of Contents

Ackowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
The Sacramento Squatters' Massacre: August 14 and 15, 1850, Sacramento-Sacramento County     1
He Said, She Said, They Said; She Was Hanged!: July 5, 1851, Downieville-Sierra County     5
The Greatest Shootout in the West: December 19, 1854, North Fork of the American River-El Dorado County     9
Auburn's Darkest Night: February 19, 1856, Auburn-Placer County     12
A Serial Lyncher Is Lynched: 1873, Monterey-Monterey County     15
The Lynching of an Uninvited Wedding Guest: December 20 and December 22, 1875, Hopland-Mendocino County     18
A Cold Welcome to Santa Cruz: May 3, 1877, Santa Cruz-Santa Cruz County     20
False Friends in Germantown: May 5, 1878, Germantown/Artois-Colusa County     23
The Lynching of Indian Charlie: May 6, 1878, Walker Valley-Mendocino County     27
The Odd Fellows Serve Rough Justice on a Southerner: May 9 thru June 9, 1878, Windsor and Santa Rosa-Sonora County     29
A Hard Road into Bakersfield: May 28, 1879, Bakersfield-Kern County     32
The Citizens of Little Lake Strike Back: September 4, 1879, Little Lake-Mendocino County     37
The Biggest Coward in Butte County: August 7 and August 8, 1881, Butte County     41
Violated Trust, Trussed Up: April 7 and July 10, 1887, St. John-Glenn County andColusa-Colusa County     44
Twistin' in the Wind in Redding: July 24, 1892, Redding-Shasta County     48
Rage Against the Railroad: May 28, 1893, Tulare County     53
Unhappy Days at Happy Camp: December 5 and 14, 1894, Happy Camp and Fort Jones-Siskiyou County     58
Too Many Guests at the Jailhouse: August 26, 1895, Yreka-Siskiyou County     61
The Bandit with Soft Hands and a Hard Heart: October 14, 1897, Delta-Shasta County     66
Pioneer Terrorists Meet the Crazed Lynch Mob: May 31, 1901, Lookout-Modoc County     69
Bad-Ass Jim McKinney Meets a Bad-Ass Shotgun: April 19, 1903, Bakersfield-Kern County     74
Prohibition Mobsters "Hang Around" in Santa Rosa: December 5 and 10, 1920, Santa Rosa-Sonoma County     77
A Dosage of Lead Is Administered on J Street: July 2, 1932, Sacramento-Sacramento County     81
The Governors Mob of "Good Citizens": November 26, 1933, San Jose-Santa Clara County     84
The Last of the California Cowboys: July 15, 1935, Santa Rosa-Sonoma County     91
A Bad Day at the Pool Hall: July 25 thru August 3, 1935, Yreka-Siskiyou County     94
The (Not So) Brite Brothers: August 29, 1936, Horse Creek-Siskiyou County     101
What Goes Around, Comes Around: A Whacker Is Whacked: June 20, 1947, Beverly Hills-Los Angeles County     110
The Last Lynching in California: January 6, 1947, Callahan-Siskiyou County     115
Shootout at the Supper Club: February 15, 1962, Sacramento-Sacramento County     117
Sirhan Sirhan and the Whispering Woman in the Polka Dot Dress: June 5, 1968, Los Angeles-Los Angeles County     119
The Golden Dragon Massacre: September 5, 1977, Chinatown, San Francisco-San Francisco County     124
Warfare at City Hall: November 27, 1978, San Francisco-San Francisco County     127
Psychopaths Carry Out Some Bank Business: February 28, 1997, North Hollywood-Los Angeles Coumty     135
Eagle Scout Earns Merit Badge: March 7, 2003, Ukiah-Mendocino County     144
Bibliography     146
Index     151
About the Author     156
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