Outlaw Women: America's Most Notorious Daughters, Wives, and Mothers

Outlaw Women: America's Most Notorious Daughters, Wives, and Mothers

by Robert Barr Col. Smith


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This collection of short, action-filled stories of the Old West’s most egregiously badly behaved female outlaws is a great addition to Western author Robert Barr Smith’s books on the American frontier. Pulling together stories of ladies caught in the acts of mayhem, distraction, murder, and highway robbery, it includes famous names like Belle Starr and lesser known characters as well. The book also contains archival illustrations and photographs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442247291
Publisher: TwoDot
Publication date: 08/03/2015
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Robert Barr Smith entered the United States Army as a private in 1958. He served in Vietnam with 4th Infantry Division, more than seven years in Germany, and with troop units and on posts throughout the United States, retiring as a Colonel. He is a Senior Parachutist, and holds the Legion of Merit (two awards), the Bronze Star, and other decorations.

He holds two degrees from Stanford University and is a Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma, where he also served six years as Associate Dean for Academics and Associate Director of the Law Center. He lives in the Ozark Hills of southern Missouri, and is the author or co-author of sixteen books and more than a hundred magazine articles, primarily in military and western history.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Chapter 1 A Legend in Her Own Mind: Belle Starr 1

Chapter 2 Black Widow: Belle Gunness 10

Chapter 3 Communing with the Spirits: Katie Bender 17

Chapter 4 Machinegun Kate: Ma Barker 28

Chapter 5 Rank Amateur: Pearl Hart 37

Chapter 6 The Rabbit: Edna Murray 43

Chapter 7 The Ghosts of Indian Territory: The Dalton Ladies 47

Chapter 8 Hot Stuff: Chicago May Churchill 60

Chapter 9 The Second Belle Starr: Cora Hubbard 68

Chapter 10 The Bobbed-Hair Bandit: Cecelia Clooney 72

Chapter 11 A Greek Tragedy: Bonnie Parker 77

Chapter 12 The Rose of the Cimarron: Rosa Dunn 86

Chapter 13 Vicious: Ma Staffleback 92

Chapter 14 Shady Ladies and Disreputable Damsels 97

Chapter 15 Lady Macbeth: Kathryn Kelly 102

Chapter 16 Death Wore a Veil: Henrietta Robinson 110

Chapter 17 A Message from Hell: Lavinia Fisher 115

Chapter 18 "You Can't Chop Your Momma Up in Massachusetts": Lizzie Borden 118

Chapter 19 The Empty Ones: The Dragon Lady and Shoebox Annie 123

Chapter 20 Swindler Extraordinaire: Sophie Lyons 128

Chapter 21 A Class Act: The Wild Bunch Ladies 134

Chapter 22 Two-Just a Pinch of Arsenic: Nannie Doss and Judi Buenoano 147

Chapter 23 The Shame of Hippocrates: Three Faithless Medics 152

Chapter 24 The Modest Ambition of Jane Toppan 155

Chapter 25 The Gentle Ladies of New York 161

Afterword 165

Bibliography 167

Index 171

About the Author 180

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