Folsom's 93: The Lives and Crimes of Folsom Prison's Executed Men

Folsom's 93: The Lives and Crimes of Folsom Prison's Executed Men

by April Moore

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Folsom's 93: The Lives and Crimes of Folsom Prison's Executed Men by April Moore

From 1895 to 1937, 93 men were hanged at California's Folsom State Prison, and this book is the first to tell all of their stories, recounting long-forgotten tales of murder and swift justice, or sometimes, swift injustice that hanged an innocent man. Based on a treasury of historical information that has been hidden from the public for nearly 70 years, the full stories of these 93 executed men are presented in this collection including their origins, their crimes, the investigations that brought them to justice, their trials, and their deaths at the gallows. This wealth of previously unpublished historical detail gives a vivid view of the sociology of early 20th-century crime and of the resulting prison life. Readers take a trip back in time to the hard-boiled early 20th-century California that inspired the novels of Dashiell Hammett and countless other crime writers. Illustrated throughout with authentic and haunting prison photographs of each of the condemned men, the crimes and punishments of a vanished era are brought into a sharp and realistic light.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610351720
Publisher: Linden Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

April Moore is the author of "Bobbing for Watermelons, "which was a finalist in the 2008 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Writers Contest, and her short story "Apartment 3B" is featured in the literary anthology "Cacophony." She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Death by Hanging x

Part I 1895-1900 1

1 Chin Hane, December 13, 1895 3

2 Ivan Kovalev, February 21, 1896 6

3 John Craig, June 12, 1896 10

4 Paulo Kamauna, June 19, 1896 14

5 John E. Howard, July 17, 1896 15

6 George Washington Roberts, September 4, 1896 16

7 Benito Lopez, May 21, 1897 17

8 James Berry, August 13, 1897 18

9 C.H. Raymond, May 8, 1898

12 Harry Winters, December 8, 1899 19

10 John F. Barthelman, May 12, 1898 22

11 Frank Belew, June 16, 1898 25

13 George Putman, November 19, 1900 32

Part II 1901-1906 34

14 Frank Miller, September 26, 1902 36

15 William Glover, February 6, 1904 37

16 Kokichi Hidaka, June 10, 1904 39

17 Charles Lawrence, October 7, 1904 40

18 Sing Yow, January 6, 1905 42

19 Joseph Murphy, July 14, 1905

20 Harry Eldridge, December 1, 1905 43

21 George Easton, April 6, 1906 54

22 William M. Gray, April 13, 1906 55

23 Adolph Julius Weber, September 27, 1906 56

Part III 1907-1912 65

24 Antonio Cipolla, April 30, 1909 67

25 Wilbur Benjamin, October 28, 1910 68

26 Michael Leahy, February 8, 1911 72

27 Edward Delehante, December 6, 1912 73

Part IV 1913-1918 76

28 Jacob Oppenheimer, July 12, 1913 78

29 Samuel Raber, January 15, 1915 91

30 Frank Creeks, August 27, 1915 96

31 David Fountain, September 10, 1915 98

32 Burr Harris, October 8, 1915 101

33 Earl Martin Loomis, November 5, 1915 104

34 Rito Bargas. January 21, 1916 105

35 Sing Ung, February 18, 1916 108

36 Glenn Witt, March 3, 1916 109

37 Kosta Kromphold, September 1, 1916 113

38 Joseph Schoon, July 12, 1918 114

39 Jose Negrete, November 29, 1918 116

Part V 1919-1924 117

40 William Shortridge, May 2, 1919 119

41 James Tyren, May 22, 1919 120

42 David Clifton, October 21, 1921 121

43 Felipe Bisquere, January 26, 1923 122

44 George Donnelly, February 23, 1923 123

45 Alex A. Kels, January 4, 1924 124

46 Martin Sliscovich, August 22, 1924 133

47 Robert Matthews, December 12, 1924

48 Joe Sinuel, December 19, 1924 135

Part VI 1925-1930 137

49 John Geregac, January 16, 1925 139

50 Ed Montijo, July 10, 1925 141

51 John Connelly, July 24, 1925 143

52 Alfred Bollinger, October 9, 1925 144

53 Felix Sloper, June 25, 1926 149

54 Charles Peevia, August 27, 1926 151

55 Ray Arnold, January 28, 1927

56 Edward Sayer, February 4, 1927 152

57 Willard C. Shannon, May 4, 1928 157

58 George Kuryla, January 25, 1929 162

59 Harrison Harvey Randolph, February 8, 1929 163

60 Paul Rowland, September 27, 1929 165

61 Anthony Brown, January 3, 1930

62 Roy Stokes, January 3, 1930

63 Walter Burke, January 10, 1930

64 James Gregg, January 10, 1930

65 Eugene Crosby, January 17, 1930 166

66 Alfred Boss, December 5, 1930

67 George Davis, December 5, 1930 173

Part VII 1931-1937 175

68 Fred Mott, July 17, 1931 177

69 Wilbur McCabe, July 24, 1931 178

70 William Hudson, October 2, 1931

71 Robert O'Neill, October 2, 1931 179

72 William Henry Burkhart, January 29, 1932 181

73 Thomas Walker, August 19, 1932 185

74 Peter Farrington, March 24, 1933 187

75 John Fleming, November 17, 1933 189

76 Dick Villion, December 1, 1933 190

77 Glen Johnson, January 19, 1934 191

78 Daniel Harris, July 6, 1934 193

79 Walter Lewis, August 3, 1934 196

80 Pat Nobles, November 23, 1934 197

81 Mike Lami, January 11, 1935 198

82 Harold Bieber, February 1, 1935 199

83 Tellie McQuate, May 24, 1935 201

84 Anastacio Bermijo, May 31, 1935 203

85 Aldrich Welsford Lutz, June 21, 1935 204

86 Harry Garcia, July 10, 1935 205

87 George Hall, March 27, 1936 206

88 Earl Budd Kimball, May 22, 1936 211

89 Elton M. Stone, June 12, 1936 215

90 John B. Berryman, August 14, 1936 221

91 Charles James, August 14, 1936 223

92 Lloyd Dale, October 16, 1936 225

93 Charles McGuire, December 3, 1937 226

References 228

Index 243

Acknowledgments 251

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Folsom's 93: The Lives and Crimes of Folsom Prison's Executed Men 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Patricia_Stoltey More than 1 year ago
Folsom's 93 is an important piece of prison history for the state of California, a biography of the 93 men who were hung at Folsom before the practice was discontinued, and a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the victims and their families as well as the families of the convicted men. The book is highly readable, and the sidebar historical notes interesting, even to those of us who are not Californians.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the book very interesting. Ms. Moore added some history along with the stories of the 93 men who were hung or hanged at Folsom Prison. A book divided in to 93 stories, so it does not have to be read straight through. I did read it straight through, and thoroughly enjoyed the way Ms. Moore handled the subject of each prisoner.