True Crime


Here's a listing of all the articles involving Prescott Criminals & Crimes

Click on the TITLE of the story to read.

Dutch John: Prescott's Audacious Bootlegger
The colorful, true crime story of the career of bootlegger Dutch John Berent in 1916-1917 Prescott, AZ.

Rich Ranchman Tries to Get Away With Murder
True Crime story of the murder of Robert Miller by Harry "Bud" Stephens in 1918. This "trial of the century" was also the first murder case heard in the current Yavapai County Courthouse.

Police Blotter for 1917
Professional safecrackers, burglary, found treasure, a 40-year-old murder solved, and a work-release program highlighted the police blotter in 1917 in Prescott, AZ.

May 9, 1911: Two Capital Murders in One Afternoon
True crime stories of the murders of LD Yeager and Kid Kirby on the afternoon of May 9, 1911 in Yavapai county, AZ. Both suspects would face the gallows as the newborn State of Arizona grappled with the question of the death penalty.

Mystery Man Entombed in Thumb Butte
True Story of a mysterious body found in a crevice in Thumb Butte near Prescott, AZ in 1911.

The true crime story of a dynamite attack on J.S. Acker's home in Prescott, AZ on 4/21/1917 and the surprising motive behind the crime.

The Zany Prostitution Sting at the Depot House
True story of an August, 1918 prostitution sting in Prescott, AZ and its unexpected and humorous results as Cupid finally won the day!

Jealousy Killed the Good-Time Girl
The pitiful true crime story of a love triangle and an attempted double murder / suicide in 1911 Prescott, AZ.

1875-86: The Murderous Stanton Syndicate
True story of how Charles P. Stanton took over the mining town of Antelope Station, Arizona and turned it into his own personal, tyrannical empire.

Hot-Head Miners Murder 20 Yavapai
The story of one of the first Indian conflicts in Yavapai county. A group of miners unjustly murder 20 Yavapai Indians for a crime they did not commit.

Man Kills Two Over a $2 Bet
True crime story about Fred Marshall, who murdered two men after losing a $2 bet in Humboldt, AZ.

1956: Teen Delinquents Beat Blind Man; Murder a Veteran
True Crime murder story by teen-age delinquents in 1956 Prescott

True story of the grip of opium upon Prescott, Arizona. Eventually, the city would become a hub of manufacture for the drug.

The Jack-the-Ripper of Yavapai County?
The circumstantial case against self-described "Indian-killer" John B. Townsend.

1894 Gold Heist Foiled
True tale of how a former Prescott marshall saved a gold shipment with a clever ruse in 1894.

March, 1932: Prescott Police Chief Demands Gun Control (and the Shocking Reason Why)
Story of gun control in the 1930's in Prescott, Arizona. Children were misusing them!

Clever Young Forger Meets His Day of Reckoning
True crime story of a Prescott AZ bank clerk who embezzled the equivalent of $500,000 in 1918.

Fight! Badger vs. Dog vs. Hypnotist
A 1911 episode of an animal fight with a visiting hypnotist who regretted becoming involved. (Gory details withheld.)

"The Great Diamond Swindle of 1872"
True crime story of Phillip Arnold and John Slack who walked away a half-million dollars richer orchestrating a diamond swindle in 1872.

The history of Horsethief Basin, AZ. including its shady past, failed plans to make it a resort, and how it became a recreational area in the Prescott National Forest.

A description of the many stagecoach robberies that occurred on the Old Black Canyon road in Yavapai County, AZ.

The story of illicit stills in Yavapai County, AZ during prohibition.

True crime story of the ambush and murder of George Johnson in 1890 Prescott, AZ.

1910: A Killing Near Thumb Butte

The true crime story of the murder of Sam Anderson by John Bryant in Prescott, AZ in 1910.

1920: Million-Heir Boy Kidnapped Near Drake

The intriguing and occasionally crazy story of the kidnapping of William Hurd Bennett near the Puntenney lime mine near Drake, AZ. 

Yavapai Co's First Prohibition Sting

True crime story of Yavapai County’s first prohibition sting in 1915. One of the informers ended up arrested.

Preacher’s Son Shoots Bully

True crime story about Ned Cagle shooting Louis Price in 1909 Mayer, AZ.

Undercover Detective or Stagecoach Robber?

True crime story of an undercover stagecoach robbery that went bad.

1878: Blood Flows in the New Town of Gillette

The true crime story of two murders, a lynching, and the response of old west justice.

Prescott’s 1st Federal Narcotics Raid was AZ's Biggest (1922)

It was the biggest drug bust in AZ history; run by Mayo Simpson whose criminal career had him in jail by age 11.

Gun Fight at the Independence Mine

Tragic story of two friends who suddenly gunned each other down near Wagoner, AZ on August 22, 1922.

Embezzling Postmaster is Redeemed (1875)

Story of Postmaster John S Giles who embezzled the equivalent of over $400,000 in today’s money; and his fight to redeem his good name.

BONUS: There are 3 treasures buried by robbers around Prescott that remain undiscovered:

20 Buried Treasures Near Prescott That Have Yet to be Found

1 comment:

  1. In July of 1887 Andres Moreno was murdered on Baker Butte. Any info will be appreciated because his killers trail was in Yavapai Court House. Where is his 1841 Musket state evidence ? A complete copy of trial proceedings. Andres was my GG Grandfather and because his resting place is NOT correct and DNA testing will display the truth for all of us.