Howard Philbrick

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Howard Philbrick was a private detective hired by local and state governments in California during the 1930s and 1940s. He worked for Atherton and Dunn investigation agency, famous for the Edwin Atherton report on SFPD police corruption in San Francisco, California in 1937. Next, Philbrick ran the investigations of graft in California state government, including investigating lobbyist Artie Samish.

The final report, Known as the "Philbrick Report", was printed in the April 4, 1939, Senate Daily journal; but it offended certain California lawmakers and was ordered by vote of the California State Senate to have the journal copies destroyed and reprinted sans Philbrick's work. Copies reside in the UC Berkeley library system.


  • Arthur H. Samish and Bob Thomas, The Secret Boss of California The life and high times of Art Samish. Crown Publishers, NY 1971LC # 75-151022

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Atherton Report