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The Murders That Made Us
How Vigilantes, Hoodlums, Mob Bosses, Serial Killers, and Cult Leaders Built the San Francisco Bay Area
By (author): Bob Calhoun

Imprint:

ECW Press - Toronto

ISBN:

9781770415492

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General/trade
May 04, 2021
$24.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8.75in x 5.75 x 0.76 in | 0.99 lb

Page Count:

336 pages

Illustrations:

30 30 photographs, black and whiteHalftones, black and white
ECW Press
TRUE CRIME / General
True crime|History of the Americas|Social and cultural history|San Francisco
San Francisco
  • Short Description
In The Murders That Made Us, bestselling author Bob Calhoun tells the story of San Francisco one crime at a time through the destination city’s most violent and depraved acts.

The 170-year history of the San Francisco Bay Area told through its crimes and how they intertwine with the city’s art, music, and politics

In The Murders That Made Us, the story of the San Francisco Bay Area unfolds through its most violent and depraved acts. From its earliest days when vigilantes hung perps from downtown buildings to the Zodiac Killer and the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, murder and mayhem have shaped the city into the political and economic force that she is today.

The Great 1906 Earthquake shook a city that was already teetering on the brink of a massive prostitution scandal. The Summer of Love ended with a pair of ghastly drug dealer slayings that sent Charles Manson packing for Los Angeles. The 1970s come crashing down with the double tragedy of Jonestown and the assassination of Gay icon Harvey Milk by an ex-cop. And the 21st Century rise of California Governor Gavin Newsom, Trump insider Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Vice President Kamala Harris is told through a brutal dog-mauling case and the absurdity called Fajitagate. It’s a 170-year saga of madness, corruption, and death revealed here one crime at a time.

Short Description


In The Murders That Made Us, bestselling author Bob Calhoun tells the story of San Francisco one crime at a time through the destination city’s most violent and depraved acts.


Sales and Market Bullets



  • San Francisco crime history is an evergreen topic. Calhoun investigates infamous subjects such as the Zodiac Killer ciphers, the murder of Harvey Milk, the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, Alcatraz prison, Al Capone, Jim Jones, Anton LaVey curses, Silicon Valley scandals, and more.

  • The author was born in San Francisco, CA, and currently lives in San Leandro, CA. He spent four years exploring the seedy side of San Francisco’s history in his weekly true crime column, Yesterday’s Crimes, and has a unique and deeply researched perspective on the subject.

  • Bob Calhoun was first drawn to true crime with the revelation that his mother was once a suspect in a brutal murder case on the outskirts of San Francisco. His journey to unlock his family’s history through the details of this once-notorious crime of passion is retold in the personal essay that begins The Murders That Made Us.

  • While titles such as Notorious San Francisco (Paul Drexler, RJ Parker Publishing, 2019) or Death in California (David Kulczyk, Craven Street Books, 2009) focus on crimes from the Bay Area’s past and arrange them with no real sense of order, The Murders That Made Us weaves the killings, heists, and scams into a narrative arc that tells the story of the city of San Francisco itself.


Audience



  • Readers of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark and other true crime books

  • Listeners of My Favorite Murder and other true crime podcasts: Wine and Crime, Felonious Florida, Serial, Teacher’s Pet, Someone Knows Something, Dr. Death, Casefile, Criminal

  • Fans of true crime documentaries and shows: Mindhunter, Making a Murderer, The Jinx, The Keepers, The Killing Season

  • Locals and those interested in the Bay Area

Bob Calhoun is a San Francisco Bay Area author, journalist, and former punk wrestler and peepshow emcee. Since 2015, he has recounted his city’s most gruesome and lurid events in his regular SF Weekly column, “Yesterday’s Crimes.” His punk wrestling memoir, Beer, Blood & Cornmeal (ECW Press), is a national bestseller.

“Calhoun writes with wit and passion about the city he loves and its bloody history. This is a feast for true crime fans.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Calhoun’s style is irreverent and clever, and his affection for the city is clear … Enjoy this book in short sips — there is much to savor here for both true crime fans and lovers of San Francisco. Hand this title to those who appreciated David Talbot’s Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love.” — Library Journal

“Bob Calhoun’s The Murders That Made Us reveals that even the most violent aspects of San Francisco’s history are as colorful and fascinating as the city itself. This is a book for both true crime buffs and any readers who enjoy top-notch storytelling.” — Jeff Guinn, New York Times bestselling author of Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson and The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple

“A gripping, deliciously shocking, expertly researched true-crime history of the Bay Area.” — Alia Volz, author of Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco

“This book explores the darkest corners of Bay Area history. It reminded me why I love my hometown so much and have never been able to leave. Even paradise has perverts, predators, and parasites and Bob Calhoun wrangles them all front and center in this Whitman's Sampler of wickedness.” — Eddie Muller, Host of TCM's Noir Alley and founder of the Film Noir Foundation

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