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Interview with JD Chandler, Author of Murder & Mayhem in Portland, Oregon

March 24, 2013

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Photograph by Ralph Eddy. Courtesy of OldOregonPhotos.com.

In this interview with History Press West, Portland-based writer and criminal historian JD Chandler discusses the inspiration, the research, and the craft behind his new book Murder & Mayhem in Portland, Oregon. HPW: What compels your interest in murder and history? JDC: I have had a lifelong interest in history, even as a young child […]

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Crime, Scandal & Innocence Lost in the Napa Valley

July 20, 2012

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The 1891 wanted postcard that was sent to agencies throughout the western states by Napa County Sheriff George McKenzie. The card provided descriptions of the two as yet identified suspects: Carl Schmidt and William Roe. Courtesy of the Napa County Sheriff’s Department

From the first criminal case heard by the California Supreme Court to the state’s last public execution, Todd Shulman’s new book brings to light the significant moments in Napa Valley crime history. In this interview with History Press West, Shulman delves into true crime and previews Murder & Mayhem in the Napa Valley. As John Boessenecker […]

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Napa’s Criminal Vintage

July 8, 2012

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This photograph, taken at William Roe’s 1897 execution, captures the moment when William Roe dropped through the trap door. Courtesy of the Napa County Sheriff’s Department

Cold cases, murder mysteries, and western justice. This summer, The History Press teams up with Todd L. Shulman, Napa Police Detective and founder of the Napa Police Historical Society, to provide a taste of Napa Valley’s criminal vintage in Murder & Mayhem in the Napa Valley. As foreword author John Boessenecker notes, although the “bucolic Napa […]

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