Crime in San Francisco


Joe Tanko, burglar, armed robber, and cop killer, was the most notorious San Francisco bad boy of his day. Caught and sentenced to jail in Los Angeles, he escaped and, stupidly, came back to San Francisco to resume his crime career where every policeman knew him. In a police raid in November, 1926 at upstairs 1378 McAllister, he was shot five times by a police officer he wounded, and died. It was said that the shots were so close to him his clothes caught fire. Over 10,000 citizens lined up to view his body. The next image is the location of the police raid on McAllister.

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