William Henry Wickham Jr started his criminal career in Aug 1915 Under his alias Frank Martin he was sentenced to Life in prison for Murder in the 1st degree for killing 70 year old John Springer a wealthy Rancher from Sunol, CA. They were at a saloon and William notice that John had a roll of cash so he went to his cabin and beat him to death with a bottle. He first plead not guilty reason of insanity, then changed his plea later to guilty. He was received into prison on 18 Aug 1915 and he escaped from prison on 13 Jul 1920 and was found, he was transferred so many times between San Quentin and Folsom because of his behavior and spent countless time in solitary. He was paroled once and while in Oregon got into a saloon brawl and his parole was revoked for assault & robbery.
Here's a few newspaper clippings I found.