Murderous Intent?

Long Beach, CA: 1880's-1920

by Claudine Burnett



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 13/04/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 176
ISBN : 9781438940441

About the Book

Claudine Burnett  has now written another book sure to be savored by those interested in Southern California history.  Concentrating on a span of years covering the 1880's to 1920, Ms. Burnett has uncovered fascinating true stories of death and murder. 

Read about:

- The bandit Sylvestro Morales who robbed and murdered his way through the Southland in 1889 and his capture at the Rancho Los Alamitos.

- Violence and death amoung the Basque and Mexican sheepherders and sugar beet workers of Southern California.

- Long Beach City Trustees hung in effigy and how their attempt to get rid of a local saloon in 1896 brought about the death of the city.

- How the murder of a Long Beach policeman in 1912 led to additional tragedy and sorrow but also brought about the adoption of modern criminal investigation.

- The kidnapping and torture of a Long Beah youth in 1916 by notorious, insane murderer Harry Thaw, whose killing of famed archtiect Stanford White made headlines around the world.

Learn the origin of:

- The towns of Long Beach and Los Alamitos

- The Pacific Electric "Red Car" and jitney transport systems.

- The Long Beach Municipal Band and Long Beach Police Department.


- Lew-is the Light who believed he had a special delivery service to God.

- "Whistling" Davis who refused to bury his dead daughter.

- Cantankerous "Old Man" Ranous, killed and buried in a pile of manure.

- W.L. Jennings, killed by a cat.

- The spirits of murder victims who refused to rest.

- Pete Labourdette, a notorious Los Alamitos saloon keeper, and the murders he worked to cover up.

These are but a few examples from a book you won't want to put down until the very end.


About the Author

Claudine Burnett has been actively  pursuing Southern California history since 1971.  She is the former head of the Literature and History Department of Long Beach Public Library and a member of various historical societies. Her credentials include a B.A. in history from the University of California, Irvine; an M.L.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.P.A. from California State University, Long Beach. 

 She has been a columnist and feature writer for various journals and has written two other Long Beach history books: Haunted Long Beach and Strange Sea Tales Along the Southern California Coast. She has also authored a history of Huntington Beach, California: From Barley Fields to Oil Town and contriubuted to Balboa Films: a History and Filmography of the Silent Film Studio and The Heritage of African Americans in Long Beach.

She has received numerous awards for her contributions to Southern California history.