Frank Brewer had struck it rich in the California gold fields and in late May 1851 he went to San Francisco to celebrate his good fortune. On Sunday, June 1, he left his lodging house near the waterfront with a full wallet. He was seen making the rounds to a number of drinking houses on Broadway Street that afternoon and evening in the company of another man. At about midnight, his murdered body was found next to a fence at Pacific and Montgomery streets. San Franciscans were not surprised to learn that police had arrested three Australian immigrants for the crime, Richard Hall, George Spires, and Joseph Turner.1
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