The Case of the Missing Police Chief

On the night of Nov. 30, 1908, while riding in a police launch returning to San Francisco from Belveders, the SF Chief of Police went missing.  A body found two weeks later was identified as his.  The folks at the SF History Center (at the SF Public Library) didn’t know about the disappearance of the city’s police chief.  The fellow’s name was William J. Biggy. 

Some years ago, an older policeman at South Lake Tahoe told a (then) young reporter that when the policeman had been a young cop starting his career at Tahoe, he had answered a call and found an old man slumped dead on his kitchen table with a copy of an old San Francisco paper telling about the disappearance of Chief Biggy.  Could the old man at Tahoe have been the chief?



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