Wages of Sin

Wages of Sin

  That headline pretty much covers the whole story; just another night in a boardinghouse in SRO land.In the spring of 1895, Charles Stanley was working as a cook at the Glenwood Hotel, Riverside, where he met a pretty young waitress, Bessie Bradley. Within...

A Dead Man’s Chest

Two weeks ago, the tearful relatives of Raymundo Reyes, 74, gathered at Calvary Cemetery for his burial. Not a week later, Reyes turned up, very much alive.Who then had died, this man who looked so much like Reyes that the whole family was fooled? No one had a clue...
The Panicking Patrolman

The Panicking Patrolman

 In June 1907, a drunk woman was arrested for shooting her sweetheart during a fight in a rooming house. It should have been a straightforward case, but things are rarely simple in SRO land, and the unravelling of loose threads soon ended the career of a young...