Printed on the front---it is an AZO card. Written on the back: LYNCHING OF FITTS, VALENTO & BOYD SANTA ROSA CAL. I found information and numerous identical photos about the event online. The three men, Terrance Fitts, Charles Valento and George Boyd, were members of the notorious Howard Street Gang of San Francisco. They had assaulted two women in San Francisco and had fled to Santa Rosa to hide out from the law.
But on December 5, 1920, Sonoma County Sheriff, James Petray, and two San Francisco detectives were shot dead while attempting to capture the three fugitives who were holed up in a home on 7th Street in Santa Rosa. The three fugitives were arrested for the murders of the Sheriff and the two San Francisco detectives and were taken to jail. But before a trial could be held, on December 10th, a mob of masked vigilantes broke the three men out of jail, drove them to Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery and hanged them from the exceptionally long branch of that rather ordinary black locust tree in retaliation for the murders of the three lawmen. Fugitive, Terrance Fitts, was buried in an unmarked grave in Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, and fugitive, George Boyd, was buried in an unmarked grave in the Moke section of Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery.Their exact burial locations remain a mystery. The OSTLIE ARCHIVES watermark is NOT ON THE CARD----I have been having a number of people copy the images It is in VERY GOOD CONDITION with light wear, smudging------------SEE THE SCANS. The item "Santa Rosa CALIFORNIA RPPC 1920 TRIPLE LYNCHING Hanging COP KILLERS Police" is in sale since Friday, August 7, 2020.
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