Sacramento

The Sacramento area has several interesting stories from Prohibition:

  • The Los Angeles Times mentions the various poisons that could be found in bootleg liquor. Besides saying that 90% of the bootleg liquor seized contained poison of some sort, and that it was often made from garbage, the article says that many bootleggers didn't know the difference between “Saccharomyces [a type of yeast] and Sacramento.”

  • In 1923, police in California busted up a bootlegging gang that was described as “the cleverest and largest liquor ring on the Pacific Coast.” Eight people were arrested, and two were millionaires. Among the crimes committed by these men was the murder of a Sacramento man the year before.


Sources:

ARRESTS CRUSH BOOTLEG GANG, The Los Angeles Times (1886-Current File); Mar 24, 1923; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Los Angeles Times (1881 – 1986, pg. II1

POISON IN BOOTLEG, ROSS ROBERTSON G, Los Angeles Times (1886-Current File); Mar 25, 1923; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Los Angeles Times (1881 – 1986), pg. III13