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Guide to the San Francisco Police Photograph Album [graphic], ca. 1904-ca. 1930
BANC PIC 1999.015--fALB  
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page 1, folder (folder 1)

Newsclipping on finger prints being recorded by police. Dec. 1st, 1908, (George Blum pictured.) Newsclipping on police photographer George Blum winning distinction for work with camera. August 30th, 1911, (George Blum pictured.)

page 1, item a

Newspaper articles: Daily Call 3/28/22, Daily Chronicle 3/28/22, Daily Examiner 3/26/22, S.F. Journal 3/28/22. Regarding George Blum's invention of a camera to photograph fingerprints. [photographic copy]

page 2, item a,b

First male and female mug shots taken by Blum, 1904.

page 3, item a,b

B. Vilardo's head. (Victim dismembered by Pietro Torturici on April 5, 1905.)

page 3, item c

Pietro Torturici's mug shot.

page 3, item d

Mrs. Torturici -- "wanted"

page 4, item a

Reward poster for Pietro Torturici, dated April 14, 1905. [photographic copy]

page 4, item b

Pietro Torturici's mug shot

page 4, item c

Officer John Evatt and Theo F. Conlan and Pietro Torturici

page 5, item a,b,c,d

Photographs of Dean[?], McCluskey, Charles Becker, James Creagan

page 6, item a

Forged check. [photographic copy]

page 6, item b

Capt. I.W. Lees, May 1887. [copy photograph of portrait]

page 7, item a

Mug shot of John Siemsen

page 7, item b

Mug shot of Louis Dabner

page 7, item c

Newsclipping: Siemsen and Dabner receive death penalty for "Gas Pipe Murder", July 19, 1907.

page 8, folder (folder 2)

News article on James Dowdall (aka Sutton), mistakenly accused of "Gas Pipe Murder", spends night in jail after excessively celebrating his release from San Quentin. November 26th, 1906.

page 8, item a

Group picture with Siemsen and Dabner and police (in court?)

page 8, item b

Framed painting of a shepherd. [photographic copy]

page 8, item c

Mug shot of unidentified man.

page 9, item a

View of crime scene: interior kitchen or dining room.

page 9, item b

Morgue photograph of murdered woman.

page 9, item c

Morgue photograph of murdered woman.

page 10, item a,b,c

Photographs of pocket knife (murder weapon or evidence?)

page 11, item a

Morgue photograph of Goodman.

page 11, item b

Mug shot of John S. Rodgers and crime scene. (Goodman murder, Nov. 1911.)

page 12, item a,b

Photographs of loading docks or warehouse. (Goodman murder crime scene?)

page 13, item a

News article about inmate Walter C.S. Crosskey, inventor of a fingerprint identification system.

page 13, item b

Mug shot of Walter C.S. Crosskey.

page 13, item c

Photograph of bar room interior (Walter C.S. Crosskey murder scene?)

page 14, item a,b

Morgue photograph of victim murdered by Crosskey.

page 14, item c

View of crime scene (Walter C.S. Crosskey murder scene?)

page 15, item a

Arrest for murder -- Charles B. Hadley.[photographic copy of "wanted" poster]

page 16, item a,b,c

Mrs. Louise Platt murder: newsclipping and photographs of victim's body.

page 17, item a,b

Outside view of street intersection, possibly near Chinatown. (Chinese sign and the San Jose Bar exterior visible.)

page 18, item a,b

Photographs of Panama Café interior where Jim Harrison killed Marilynn Young, June 8, 1923.

page 19, item a,b

Photographs of murder victim [Marilynn Young?] at crime scene.

page 20, item a,b

Jim Harrison photographs, including image at time of arrest at Panama Café.

page 21, item a,b

Photographs of John Doe #164. (Decomposed body in morgue, taken from box car of Western Pacific Railroad after 3 weeks in car.)

page 22, folder (folder 3)

Thomas J. Mooney case: newsclipping giving salient dates in Billings and Mooney case. July 5th, 1930. (Warren K. Billings and Thomas J. Mooney pictured.)

page 22, item a,b,c

Thomas J. Mooney case: newsclipping and two photographs of the Preparedness Day Parade and bombing scene.

page 23, item a,b

Thomas J. Mooney case: photographs of the Preparedness Day Parade and bombing scene.

page 24, item a,b,c

Thomas J. Mooney case: photographs of the Preparedness Day Parade and bombing scene with victim's body.

page 25, item a,b,c

Thomas J. Mooney case: photographs of bombing scene with damage and victim.

page 26, item a,b,c

Thomas J. Mooney case: photographs of damage to brick wall at bombing scene.

page 27, item a,b,c,d

Thomas J. Mooney case: frame up told by girl witness (photographic copy of threatening note, clippings on "frame up", and ambulance at crime scene.)

page 28, item a,b,c

Thomas J. Mooney case: threatening letter to Call editor [photographic copy] and photographs (of bystanders and police near bombing scene?)

page 29, item a,b,c,d

Thomas J. Mooney case: notes to Miss Estelle Smith. [photographic copy]

page 30, folder (folder 4)

Thomas J. Mooney case: newsclipping about Mooney's wife and mother expressing confidence in Tom Mooney's innocence.

page 30, item a

Thomas J. Mooney case: photograph of evidence (bomb shrapnel?)

page 30, item b

Thomas J. Mooney case: Warren K. Billings mug shot.

page 30, item c

Thomas J. Mooney case: note signed "Employees Liberty League". [photographic copy]

page 30, item d

Thomas J. Mooney case: Rena Mooney mug shot.

page 30, item e

Thomas J. Mooney case: Thomas Mooney mug shot.

page 30, item f

Thomas J. Mooney case: Israel Weinberg mug shot.

page 30, item g

Thomas J. Mooney case: Edward D. Nolan mug shot.

page 31, item a,b,c

Margarete Peral murder case: photographs of bedroom interior, body at crime scene, and morgue photograph.

page 32, item a,b

View of crime scene: crowd outside large Victorian house.

page 33, item a,b,c

View of crime scene: interior, exterior, and windows of Victorian house.

page 34, item a,b

View of crime scene: interior stair and exterior view with crowd.

page 35, item a,b

Male Victim's body on bed at crime scene.

page 35, item c

Unidentified man (suspect?) with arm in sling, seated on running board of car.

page 36, item a

View of door and hallway wall with gunshot holes.

page 37, item a,b

Harry Sullivan murder and robbery case: body on ground near Eucalyptus trees.

page 38, item a,b

Ray Harris case: body at crime scene, Oct. 28th, 1924 at 228 Richland Ave., and body at morgue.

page 39, item a,b

View of crime scene: (home interior) [Possibly Fleming case, as on pg. 40] (photos)

page 40, item a

Murder case of Jos. [Joseph? or James?] Fleming [shot by wife Edith Fleming]: view of hallway crime scene at 528 Shotwell Street, Oct. 28, 1921.

page 41, item a,b

Photograph of victim: woman's body on bed at crime scene (Nora Hanley?)

page 42, item a

Mrs. Nora Hanley murder case [alleged] crime scene: view of utility porch at 3991 17th Street, Nov. 24, 1921.

page 43, item a,b

Louis Mam Murder case: view of Chinese store interior and of victim's body (at morgue?)

page 44, item a

Louis Mam murder case: view of Chinese store interior.

page 45, item a,b

Virginia Rappe murder case [Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle]: portrait of Virginia Rappe with a dog. Morgue photograph of injuries on Rappe's legs.

page 46, item a

Virginia Rappe murder case: newsclipping about arrest and shooting of mug shot of Arbuckle. (by photographer George Blum.)

page 46, item b,c

Virginia Rappe murder case: morgue photographs of Rappe.

page 47, item a

Virginia Rappe murder case: photograph of Rappe's body (at funeral home?)

page 47, item b

Virginia Rappe murder case: mug shot of Roscoe Arbuckle (Fatty Arbuckle).

page 47, item c

Virginia Rappe murder case: Rappe's face (at morgue?)

page 47, item d

Virginia Rappe murder case: newsclipping on cost of Arbuckle trial.

page 48, item a

Storage room with barrells. (Basil Artuff murder case?)

page 48, item b

Crime scene: Body of male victim at bottom of exterior stairs. (Basil Artuff murder case?)

page 49, item a,b

Crime scene: Body of male victim at bottom of exterior stairs. (Basil Artuff murder case?)

page 50, item a

Basil Artuff killed by probation officers, D. Thamas and Warren on June 16, 1973. Morgue photograph of body of victim.

page 51, item a,b

Dorothy Elingson case crime scene: bedroom at 256 3rd Avenue, with body in bed.

page 52, item a,b

Dorothy Elingson case: Mrs. Anna Elingson shot by her daughter Dorothy. Body at scene, and morgue photograph of victim's face.

page 53, item a,b,c,d

Dorothy Elingson case: mug shots and various photographs related to murder of her mother Anna Elingson on January 13, 1925.

page 54, item a,b,c

Portraits of an unidentified nurse.

page 55, item a,b

Views of a road in the hills [crime scene?]

page 56, item a,b

Exterior and interior hall of apartment of Audritta Hildorand(?), 1591 Greenwich Street, where she was killed on August 8, 1924.

page 57, item a,b

Two interior views of crime scene. One view shows victim lying on bed covered by sheet. [Audritta Hildorand ?]

page 58, item a,b

a: Body of victim on bed in room. b: Morgue photograph of victim. [Audritta Hildorand ?]

page 59, item a

Morgue photo of victim with throat slashed. [Audritta Hildorand ?]

page 59, item b

Exterior view of back of ground floor apartment [crime scene? Audritta Hildorand?]

page 60, item a,b

Exterior view of apartment at basement level where the meters are located. [crime scene? Audritta Hildorand?]

page 61, item a

Newsclipping on Father Hesslin murder case (killed by Wm. Hightower) [testimony by George Blum noted], Chronicle, Saturday October 8, 1921.

page 62, item a,b

Father Patrick E. Heslin [Hesslen?] murder case: view of road. [possible crime scene?]

page 63, item a,b

Father Heslin murder case: view of beach [possible crime scene?]

page 64, item a,b

Father Heslin murder case: view of beach (footprints) and view of hillside or dunes with 3 people standing at the top. (photos)

page 65, item a

Father Heslin murder case: 2 men overlooking possible crime scene of Father Hesslin.

page 65, item b

Father Heslin murder case: photograph of note addressed to Archbishop Hanna, St. Mary's Cathedral.

page 65, item c

Father Heslin murder case: mug shot of Hightower.

page 66, folder (folder 6)

Photo of unearthed victim: possibly body of Father Hesslin at crime scene.

page 66, item a

Father Heslin murder case: photograph of ransom letter to Archbishop Hanna.

page 66, item b

Father Heslin murder case: envelope addresses to Archbishop Hanna, postmarked August 3rd, San Francisco.

page 66, item c

Mug shot of unidentified man.

page 67, item a

Father Heslin murder case: Prof. Carl Eisenschimel presenting evidence in the Hightower case [posing with enlargement of postal envelope.]

page 68, item a,b

Murder case of Mrs. Ora Mathiason Murphy (murdered by husband): victim lying on ground in pool of blood and victim on table. 168 Noe Street, November 24, 1924.

page 69, item a,b,c

Ora Murphy murder case. a: victim lying on floor of murder scene. b: photo of blow on back of victim's head, c: mug shot husband[?]

page 70, folder (folder 5)

Ora Murphy murder case: two news articles discussing the arrest of Frank F. Murphy in Texas. "S.F. Man Taken in Four-Year Murder Hunt" and "4-Year Chase Nets Suspect in S.F. Murder".

page 70, item a,b,c

Ora Murphy murder case. a: victim lying on floor of murder scene, Nov. 25, 1924. b: newsclipping about husband Fred Murphy admitting to murder, January 16, 1929. c: view of victim's slit throat.

page 71, item a,b

a: view of freight platform along railroad tracks. b: view of a building's loading dock. [Crime scene of John Dreager case?]

page 72, item a

John Dreager alleged murder case: crime scene with body lying in front of loading dock. [Possibly at Joe Rosenberg Junkyard] May 13, 1919.

page 73, item a,b

a: outside view of Crystal Liquor Store [on Franklin Street, with City Hall in background]. b: interior view of Crystal Liquor Store.

page 74, item a,b

Margaret [Margareta?] Brannan murder case: interior views of rooms where whe was killed by her husband, Elmer Brannan, at 381 Fulton St., November 24, 1922.

page 75, item a

Margaret [Margareta?] Brannan murder case: trunk with victim's body forced into it.

page 75, item b

Margaret [Margareta?] Brannan murder case: morgue photograph of victim after being removed from trunk.

page 76, item a

Margaret [Margareta?] Brannan murder case: morgue photograph of victim after being removed from trunk.

page 76, item b

Margaret [Margareta?] Brannan murder case: mug shot of Elmer Brannan and notes on his arrest.

page 77, item a,b

Interior views of apartment and kitchen. [Louis Dudley murder crime scene at 504 b Ninth St.?]

page 78, item a

Louis Dudley "(niger)" [sic] murder case: outside view of apartment's back stairs where he was killed by his wife Agius[?]. 504B 9th St., near Bryant, October 15, 1918.

page 79, item a,b

Interior views of bedroom with blood stained sheets. [Crime scene of Max Sterusher murder?]

page 80, item a,b,c,d

Max Sterusher[?] murder case: morgue photographs of victim.

page 81

Blank page. [Items removed prior to acquisition.]

page 82, item a,b,c,d

Mrs. Mary Morris murder case: morgue photographs of victim, October 9, 1921.

page 83, folder (folder 7)

Mrs. Nellie Powers murder case: notes on case. (December 22, 1924 at 1885 Sutter St.) Also information on Mrs. Lillian M. St. Mary. (Strangled to death at 1073 Dolores St. Photos June 10, 1926.) [See pg. 86.]

page 83, item a

Mrs. Nellie Powers murder case: morgue photograph of victim.

page 83, item b

Carl Bergstrom murder case: view of interior living room area, 72 Landers[?] St., May 2, 1927.

page 84, item a,b

Carl Bergstrom murder case. a: interior view of kitchen (blood on floor). b: morgue photograph of victim. May 2, 1927.

page 85, item a,b

Mrs. Elma murder case: outside view of apartment at 622 Guerrero St. where she was strangled, and morgue photograph of victim.

page 86, item a,b,c

Mrs. Lillian M. St. Mary murder case: view of victim at crime scene and morgue photographs of victim. [See folder 7 (also associated with pg. 83) for more information.]

page 87, item a,b

Mrs. Fred Cloth[?] and Mrs. Dora Olson murder case: views of hallway and interior of apartment [victims legs are visible.]

page 88, item a,b

Mrs. Fred Cloth[?] and Mrs. Dora Olson murder case: view of victim lying on bed at crime scene and morgue photographs of front and back of victim.

page 89, item a,b

Mrs. Fred Cloth[?] and Mrs. Dora Olson murder case: morgue photographs of victims shot by Roy Renner[?] at 331 Octavia St., March 24, 1927.

page 90, item a,b,c

Louis Perez murder case: outside view of crime scene at 184 1/2 Stillman St., and morgue photograph of victim, July 24, 1928.

page 91, item a

Joe Tanko case: Dect. Segt. [e.g. Detective Sergeant] Earl Roney and Dect [sic] Segt. [e.g. Detective Sergeant] Veron Van Matre.

page 91, item b

Joe Tanko case: body lying near bed at crime scene.

page 91, item c

Joe Tanko case: bedroom interior where Tanko was killed.

page 92, folder (folder 8)

Joe Tanko case: newsclipping about a "brief history" of Joe Tanko and Floyd Hall crimes.

page 92, item a,b,c,d

Joe Tanko case: Joe Tanko killed by officers Roney and Van Matre. Morgue photographs of victim and mug shot of victim, December 13, 1926.

page 93, item a

Marco Bragini: morgue photograph. Killed October 9, 1926.

page 93, item b

Mario Pagano[?]: morgue photograph. Found lying on street [Powell and Clay St.], October 10, 1926. [Possible victim of Weeks, Kelly, and Papadaches]

page 93, item c

Mike Petrovich[?]: morgue photograph. Killed October 12, 1926. [Possible victim of Weeks, Kelly, and Papadaches]

page 93, item d

John Duane: morgue photograph. Killed October 12, 1926. [Possible victim of Weeks, Kelly, and Papadaches]

page 94, folder (folder 9)

Two news articles about the "Terror Bandits" (Lawerence Weeks, Clarence "Buck" Kelly, and Michael Papadaches), murderers of Pagano, Swanson, Petrovich, and Duane. Articles: May 11, 1928 and October 23rd, 1926. (Weeks, Kelly, and Papadaches pictured.)

page 94, item a

W. Wanson [Swanson?]: morgue photograph of victim. Killed October 12, 1926.

page 94, item b,c

Mug shots of unidentified young man [possibly Michael Papadaches] and Lawerence Weeks [teenage suspects?].

page 95, folder (folder 10)

Photo of woman victim's face. [Possible duplicate to 95a]

page 95, folder (folder 11)

Clara Phillips: newsclipping of opinion piece about Phillips applying for parole. May 8th, 1928.

page 95, item a

"Face of Middow[?] [or Meadow?] woman." (Decomposed body.)

page 95, item b

Clara Phillips: LA sheriff office mug shot

page 95, item c

Clara Phillips: S.Q. mug shot. [San Quentin?]

page 95, item d

Photo of victim ["Middow woman"?] lying at crime scene. [Possibly victim of Clara Phillips?]

page 96, item a,b

Han[?] Leong murder case: interior of bedroom crime scene (body in bed) at 730 Washington St. #203. March 20, 1925, and morgue photograph of Asian woman.

page 97, item a,b

John Rodriguez murder case: body of victim lying at crime scene (murdered on E.Z. Rideout Co. Barge #6 near Pier 19). Jose Pardal arrested. Photograph taken March 26, 1928.

page 98, item a,b

John Rodriguez murder case. a: newsclipping with picture of suspect Jose Pardal. b: morgue photograph of victim.

page 99, item a

William E. Curtin robbed and beaten by three men at the Tacoma[?] Hotel, room 17, 190 Embarcadero. May 23, 1927. [Victim bandaged and seated on bed.]

page 99, item b

Wong Toon[?] murder: Chinese victim stabbed to death. 16 Duncombe[?] Alley, September 14, 1928. Body found September 28, 1928.

page 100, item a,b

John Starr murder case: crime scene of bedroom interior at 125 Julian Ave. on January 4, 1929, and morgue photograph.

page 101, item a,b,c

Mrs. Loraine Ambrose murder case. a: morgue photograph. b: victim lying on bed at crime scene. c: mug shot of suspect [Garland Williams?], January 18, 1929.

page 102, item a,b,c

Mrs. Loraine Ambrose murder case. a: view of crime scene. b: body at morgue. c: newsclipping with headline: Wife Slayer Wants to Hang [about confession of Garland Williams.]

page 103, item a,b

Mario Fillippi murder case: interior view of flooded basement crime scene.

page 104, item a,b

Mario Fillippi murder case: interior view of basement crime scene (at 18 Sacramento St. December 14, 1928?) and morgue photograph of victim.

page 105, item a,b

Mrs. Willis A. Edmonds murder case: morgue photographs of victim killed by a supposed strangler at 3524 Fulton St., November 28, 1926. [b: may be separate case?]

page 106, item a,b,c

Louis Baccioico[?] murder case: morgue photographs of victim who was shot on Sept. 10, 1923.

page 107, item a

Caeser Rosette murder case: morgue photograph of victim, February 24, 1925.

page 108, item a,b

John Doe #35: morgue photographs of unidentified victim stabbed and shot by unknown people at Lombard and Kearny St., January 1, 1922.

page 109, item a,b

Harry A. Lewis murder case: view of entrance stairway at 1859a Howard St., March 15, 1927, and morgue photograph of victim.

page 110, item a

David F. Leith murder case: morgue photographs of victim. Body found at Blackstone Apartment #81 9th St., June 3, 1928.

page 111, item a,b

Nettie Daly murder case [alleged]: morgue photographs of victim found at 512 Fell St., December 9, 1924.

page 112, item a

Fred Fruntes[?] murder case: died from gunshot wound to chest and abdomen at restaurant at 631 Broadway St., June 25, 1927.

page 112, item b

Frank Kocinski[?] murder case: morgue photograph of victim killed by Harry Bennett.

page 113, item a,b

Peter Navarett case: view looking down Guerrero Street (crime scene) and morgue photograph of victim. Killed in Iron Moulders Strike at 809 Guerrero St., April 3, 1926.

page 113, item c

Antonio Frank case: morgue photographs of victim with fractured skull after fight at the Union Iron Works, February 1, 1921.

page 114, item a,b

C.W. Campbell case: morgue (or hospital?) photographs of victim beaten up (killed?) in Carpenters' Strike, October 22, 1926.

page 115, item a

Mrs. Marie Rappe [or Rappo ?] murder case: morgue photograph of victim killed by husband at 25 Duboce Ave., October 5, 1926.

page 115, item b

Charles W. Cooper murder: morgue photograph of victim shot in act of stealing a car, August 22, 1928.

page 116, folder (folder 12)

Morgue photographs of two Asian victims: unidentified man and Mew Hoy[?], found on floor of his room. 812 Grant Ave. #30. July 26, 1926.

page 116, folder (folder 13)

Three morgue photographs: Charles Groufaro [or Groufars] (killed on train tracks) October 11, 1928, Emile Frieuli[?] [Friento? or Frients?] murder case June 16, 1926.

page 116, folder (folder 14)

Two morgue photographs: Wong Why[?] murder case, 1005 Grand Ave. November 24, 1923? Also an unidentified victim.

page 116, folder (folder 15)

Two mug shots and one morgue photograph: unidentified people. Also notes [by Blum?] on various murder cases.

page 116, folder (folder 16)

Newsclipping about Aimee Semple McPherson trial. October 5, 1926.

page 116, folder (folder 17)

Two newsclippings: Fred Pepe starts jail term and a divorce summons for Theresa and J.R. Monroe. [Found laid in pg. 54, but apparently unrelated.]

page 116, folder (folder 18)

Newsclipping on Hickman trial. May 8, 1928. [Found laid in pg. 32, but apparently unrelated.]

page 116, folder (folder 19)

Two newsclippings about Abraham Ruef and E.S. Pillsbury (San Francisco corruption). June 22, 1912. June 20, 1912.

page 116, folder (folder 20)

Newsclipping on William "Bill Bill" O'Connor faces sentence for holdup of Houston-Gilmore Jewelry Company.

page 116, folder (folder 21)

Newsclipping about proposal to give the power to impose the death penalty from the juries to the Supreme Court judges.

page 116, folder (folder 22)

Editorial piece on law and order. October 1, 1926.