may 2019

11may11:00 am3:00 pm2nd Saturday: San Diego Murder and Mayhem at SD Archaeological Center11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Event Details

San Diego Murder & Mayhem
Presentation and Book Signing

Saturday, May 11, 2019
11:00 AM
San Diego Archaeological Center
16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92027

The San Diego Archaeological Center announces a presentation and book signing for San Diego Murder & Mayhem, by Steve Willard, on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 11:00 AM. The event will be held at the San Diego Archaeological Center located at 16666 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92027. Admission is free and open to the public. Please register at

Early twentieth-century San Diego was growing fast, and the officers sworn to protect the city encountered more than their fair share of wily lawbreakers. From a shootout with a lone gunman in Mission Hills to gunfights with a gang of bank robbers that involved enthusiastic bystanders hoping to assist, detectives and patrolmen alike tried to maintain the peace. They encountered unexpected bodies, confronted car thieves and pursued criminals through neighboring states and into Mexico. Join author Steve Willard as he unearths stories directly from the case files of the early San Diego Police Department.

A San Diego resident since 1977, author Steve Willard joined the SDPD in 1985 and has worked patrol, crime prevention/public affairs, the detective bureau, the Traffic Division and management. He became a charter member of the San Diego Police Museum in 1997 and is the historian of the San Diego Police Officers Association. A reoccurring columnist in two law enforcement periodicals, Steve has authored three books on SDPD history and has consulted on a number of other historical projects.

The mission of the San Diego Archaeological Center is to preserve archaeological collections and promote their educational, scientific, and cultural use to benefit a diverse public.