John Paul Chase
Marin County's Outlaw
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Betty Wonder said:   February 10, 2011 12:38 pm PST
John Chase was a second cousin and I remember the stories my mother told us of his visits to Omaha NE. I also found an interesting story of him in Alcatraz " The gangster years.

Beth Nagel said:   February 3, 2011 7:51 pm PST
Great site! I'm looking for more information on my Uncle Soapy (aka Anthony "Soap" Marino) who was also associated with Baby Face Nelson and Dillinger . Look forward to talking with you.

Fr. Michael Drury said:   January 13, 2011 9:54 am PST
John Chase lived on the ground level of St. Patrick's College Seminary in Los Altos, CA, where he managed custodians after his release from prison. Mr. Chase managed custodians for both St. Joseph's High School and St. Patricks' College, both in the same locale. He was quiet but freindly. He also had a down-to-earth but dignified aire. Mr. Chase did not allow rough language to be used by the custodians around the seminarians. (It is my understanding that all the custodians at St. Joseph's and St. Patricks were ex- cons.)In 1972, he gave a talk to our senior High School Class at St. Joseph's, as requested by Fr. Lardner, one of the faculty members at the seminary. I regret not having attended the talk that day, but heard about our famous chief custodain from those who did attend.

Janet Stracke said:   November 25, 2010 10:41 am PST
I discovered this site when researching information on my great grandmother, Anna Lavelle Chase. My grandfather was Albert Lavelle, Anna's first born, who was raised by Anna's father, Patrick, in Greeley NE. I would like to know if any of the Chase family have pictures of Anna Lavelle Chase. Thanks!

tony navilio said:   May 27, 2010 3:24 pm PST
I am the owner of the french country inn-formerly the lake como hotel (in Lake Geneva Wi.) It is the place where Baby-Face Nelson and John Paul Chase often stayed. It was after leaving the hotel that Nelson and Chase had a shootout with the Feds. Baby-Face Nelson died later but Chase escaped.

Barry Strugatz said:   September 22, 2009 5:44 am PST
Great site, John! Good luck with your Chase project

Valerie Johnson said:   September 11, 2009 9:51 am PST
My grandma Virginia Johnson grew up next door to John in San Rafael, She told us alot of stories about him, how handsome he was, He painted a picture of my dad Bill at alcatraz when he was a baby. My grandma took him there to visit John. John Paul and Baby face used to go to my great grandma Marys house to drink beer, She made it in her basement in San Rafael.

ted prince said:   September 4, 2009 1:28 pm PST
you have a very interesting site, and i am very eager to learn more about mr chase, and his association with lester gillis. thank you.

Melinda Gratteau said:   August 20, 2009 3:26 pm PST
Sally Backman was my grandfather's sister. Both my grandfather and his brother were working on the Sausalito Ferry where Sally was a ticket taker during the early 30's. As a young girl my mother recalled thinking that Aunt Sally "always had the nicest clothes." This of course would have been when she was dating John Paul Chase. Mom also recalled having the FBI use the apartment next door to stakeout the Nelson gang when they were staying up the street. Sally has passed away and any information you have on her would be greatly appreciated.

George Pepper said:   August 20, 2009 10:32 am PST
Very interesting website! Please contact me, as I have some photos, copies of documents, addresses and a common interest. George

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