Locating a Lynching in San Gabriel, January 1857

by Michael Ackerman At last August’s Curious Cases series presentation at the Homestead, The King Family of El Monte and Personal Justice, 1855-1865, Paul Spitzzeri briefly recounted the lynching of four Latino men following the killing of Sheriff James Barton and a three-man posse, though he'd given a more detailed account in a previous Curious Cases... Continue Reading →

Sharing Barton Massacre History with the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This evening I had the opportunity to share elements of greater Los Angeles criminal justice history with about 50 people from the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society.  Just a short distance from the mission and the Los Rios Historic District, at the city's community center, I talked about the massacre of... Continue Reading →

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