The California Snatch Racket; Kidnappings During the Prohibition and Depression Eras

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2010-07-01
  • Publisher: Craven Street Books
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In California in the 1920s and 1930s, Kidnapping-nicknamed the snatch racket by a cynical newspaperman-was the most booming criminal enterprise around.

Author Biography

James R. Smith is a California historian and the author of San Francisco’s Lost Landmarks as well as a number of historical articles. He is a member of the California Historical Society, the San Francisco History Association, the San Francisco Museum & Historical Society, and the Library Fund at the University of California, Berkeley and is active in the preservation and promotion of history and historical lore. He is a frequent lecturer and discussion leader at universities, historical societies, libraries, and bookstores. He lives in San Francisco. W. Lane Rogers is an award-winning historian, a columnist for the Phoenix newspaper, and the author of several books, including Crimes & Misdeeds: Headlines from Arizona’s Past and Ruthless Acts: The Utah Murders. He lives in Benson, Arizona.

Table of Contents

Preface & Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. xiii
Dark Days in San Josep. 1
The Greased Chute of Justicep. 29
A Cowardly foxp. 45
In the Garden of Aphroditep. 81
Baby Banditsp. 123
The Basket Casep. 135
Tapping Midasp. 145
Sour Notes Played by Amateursp. 163
To Snatch a Priestp. 181
The Aviatrix and Her Gigolop. 243
George Palmer Putnam and the Hollywood Nazisp. 255
The Perfect Crimep. 279
Escaping the Qp. 303
Snatched from the Peach Bowlp. 323
Kidnapped in Placep. 355
Bibliographyp. 363
Indexp. 37
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