Murder & Mayhem in Prescott

Murder & Mayhem in Prescott

by Drew Desmond, Brad G. Courtney


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Despite its early law enforcement presence, Prescott's place in the violent history of Yavapai County is written in blood. The jealousy, greed and pure meanness of some of its citizens produced shocking trails of destruction and death. The Keystone Saloon couldn't keep a proprietor-a series of owners was found dead with gunshot wounds. A driver-for-hire was brutally assaulted and his car stolen in Prescott's first homicidal carjacking. Two nurses conspired to poison a rich patient in their care. From the shootout that began Virgil Earp's career to knifings and dynamite attacks, Prescott history blogger Drew Desmond and Whiskey Row historian and author Bradley G. Courtney tell rarely heard stories that once rocked the town.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467144322
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 09/21/2020
Series: Murder & Mayhem
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 792,308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Drew Desmond is a historian and author of the #PrescottAZHistory blog. He is the secretary of the Prescott Western Heritage Foundation and welcomes visitors to its Western Heritage Center.

Bradley G. Courtney, author of Prescott's Original Whiskey Row and The Whiskey Row Fire of 1900, is a historian who lived and taught in Phoenix and on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Brad has also recorded three albums of original music and has appeared on CNN, the Travel Channel and numerous other stations.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 5

1 Violence Finds Its Way into Early Whiskey Row's Popular Diana Saloon 7

2 William Jennings: Prescott's Hero and Insane Man from the Hassayampa 13

3 Murder-Or Was It?-On Montezuma Street 17

4 Virgil Earp Joins Posse That Kills Two Outlaws 25

5 Murder in the New Palace Saloon 29

6 The Curse of the Keystone Saloon 32

7 The Dynamite Demon of Whiskey Row 39

8 A Makeshift Underground Tourist Attraction 46

9 Granny Get Your Gun 53

10 The Dynamite Attack on J.S. Acker 60

11 Rich Ranchman Tries to Get Away with It 64

12 Murder Plot at the Pioneers' Home 72

13 Shot the Messenger 76

14 The Christmas Butcher 83

15 Taken for a Ride 88

16 Former Boxing Manager Beats His Wealthy Frail Friend to Death 99

About the Authors 112

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