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Real Photo Postcard, 3-1/2" x 5-1/2", showing Terry Fitts, George Boyd and Charles Valento hanging from a tree. A grisly scene of one of the last cases of capital "vigilante justice" in California. On December 2, 1920 in San Francisco, three members of the Howard Street Gang, a group of organized bootleggers operating out of a South- of-Market warehouse, lured two young girls to a home, where they were "brutally assaulted." The three, Terry Fitts, George Boyd and Charles Valento, fled the supposed safe haven of Santa Rosa. Two San Francisco detectives contacted Sonoma County Sheriff Petray and after a search the perpetrators were found at 28 West 7th Street, and in a gun battle Sheriff Petray and Detectives Jackson and Dorman were killed. In December of 1920, a mob overpowered jail personnel and removed the three prisoners who were being held for the murder of the Sheriff and two detectives. The mob took the three prisoners to the Rural Cemetery on Franklin Avenue, where they were dragged beneath a locust tree and lynched. The leader of the vigilantes made everyone remain at the grisly scene until the three were dead. It was the next to last lynching in California.
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Vigilante Justice - San Francisco - 1920

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Minimum Bid: $150.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $406.25
Estimate: $300 - $500
Auction closed on Saturday, April 8, 2023.
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