The Outlaws: Tales of Bad Guys Who Shaped the Wild West

The Outlaws: Tales of Bad Guys Who Shaped the Wild West

by Robert Barr Col. Smith

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The people who pushed west were mostly ordinary folks, the guts of the young United States, tough, ambitious, hardworking, and anxious to leave the world better for their kids than it had been for them. Those who did not come of that hardy stock did not last. With them came the trouble-makers, to everybody's sorrow. Some of them were already running from the law someplace else. Others were simply dishonest, looking for a time and place to blossom into full-blown hoodlums. Some of the young people emulated them: there was some illusory swagger in being a hoodlum, witness the nicknames they carried around . . . many of which they had invented themselves, a sort of phony glory. This collection of short, action-filled stories of the Old West's most egregiously bad bad guys caught in the act of mayhem, distraction, murder, and highway robbery, includes famous names like the Dalton gang, lesser known bandits like Kaiser Bill Goodman, and many more. The book will include archival illustrations and photographs of the shady characters and the scenes of their crimes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762791354
Publisher: TwoDot
Publication date: 09/08/2013
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Robert Barr Smith is a law professor at the University of Oklahoma and a retired colonel, U.S. Army. He is the author of four books and nearly 100 articles of western and military history. A senior parachutist, he served in Vietnam, Germany, and all across the United States. He is a frequent lecturer on the West.

Table of Contents

Introduction v

Chapter 1 Bad Men 1

Chapter 2 Robbers on Horseback 12

Chapter 3 Psychopath: Bob Rogers 18

Chapter 4 A Quiet Day in Braggs: The Verdigris Kid 24

Chapter 5 A Rich Collection of Trash: The Cook Gang 34

Chapter 6 The Empty Men: The Buck Gang 51

Chapter 7 Stagecoaches and Trains 67

Chapter 8 Disorganized Labor: The Oafs 91

Chapter 9 Typhoid Mary: The Bloody Trail of Al Spencer 114

Chapter 10 The Female of the Species 125

Chapter 11 The Lawmen 141

Chapter 12 "Buy More Bullets": The Citizens Fight Back 149

Chapter 13 Suave Robbers: The Con Men 164

Chapter 14 Pro: Harvey Bailey 171

Chapter 15 Thug: Wilber Underhill and the Cookson Hills Boys 180

Chapter 16 Evil: Lawrence DeVol 192

Chapter 17 If It Weren't for Bad Luck: We'd Have No Luck at All, The Bank of Gore and Kaiser Bill 199

Afterword: He Brought It on Hisself 205

Bibliography 207

Index 211

About the Author 218

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