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Posts published by “Malcolm Macdonald”

Dr. Wheeler Cheats The Hangman?

On May 13, 1880, a visiting Sonoma County judge sentenced Dr. John F. Wheeler to death by hanging for his role in the ambush slaying…

Mendocino Outlaws: The Trial of Dr. Wheeler

The trials of George Gaunce, Harrison Brown, and John F. Wheeler promised to be the legal events for Mendocino County in 1880. Brown wanted his…

Mendocino Outlaws: After the Manhunt

After the capture of the last of the Mendocino Outlaws, Harrison Brown spent a night in the Oroville jail. The local newspaper lauded those who…

Grand Jury Rips Coast Parks & Rec District

“The Mendocino Coast Recreation & Parks District (MCRPD) lost almost $3 million in grant funds from the State of California.” That is the header of…

Mendocino Outlaws: And Then There Was One

At dawn on Friday, December 5, 1879, Mendocino County Sheriff Jim Moore, Deputy Doc Standley, a stage driver, and twenty-one-year-old Clarence White surrounded a cabin…

Mendocino Outlaws: Shootout at Nimshew

The posses chasing the Mendocino Outlaws rode, walked, and sometimes crawled over a thousand miles in pursuit of the killers of two men east of…

Dr. Wheeler’s Criminal Past

From his cell within the Mendocino County Jail, Dr. John Wheeler told Ukiah City Press editor A.O. Carpenter that he was innocent of any connection…

The Mendocino Outlaws: Dr. Wheeler’s Escape

John Wheeler and James Anthony escaped from the county jail in Ukiah in the dinner hour of November 7, 1879. They employed a Babbitt metal…

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