100 Oklahoma Outlaws, Gangsters & Lawmen

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Pelican Publishing, Sep 23, 2010 - History
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The only thing wilder than Oklahoma in the late nineteenth century are the tales that continue to surround it. In the days of the Wild West, Oklahoma was teeming with assassins, guerillas, hijackers, kidnappers, gangs, and misfits of every size and shape imaginable. Featuring such legendary characters as Billy the Kid, Bonnie and Clyde, Machine Gun Kelly, Belle Starr, and Pretty Boy Floyd, this book combines recorded fact with romanticized legend, allowing the reader to decide how much to believe. Violent and out of control, the figures covered in 100 Oklahoma Outlaws, Gangsters, and Lawmen often left behind numerous victims, grisly accounts, and unforgettable stories.

Included are criminals like James Deacon Miller, the devout Methodist and hired assassin. Righteous and devious, he often avoided the gallows by convincing others to admit to his murders. Rufus Buck, a man of Native American descent, targeted white settlers. His crimes against them became so heinous as to cause the Creek nation to take up arms against him. The answer to criminals such as these came in the form of Hanging Judge Parker and other officers of the law. Although they were greatly outnumbered, they provided some balance to the chaos. This historical compilation covers every memorable outlaw and lawman who passed through Oklahoma.

 

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Contents

Rufus Buck A Man Too Bad for Hollywood
11
Oklahoma Assassins
25
Raiders and Guerrillas
41
Whiskey Towns of Oklahoma Gunfights Naked Men and Debauched Women
45
Billys Best Friend
59
Oklahoma Bad Girls
73
Bonnie and Clyde and Them
103
Woulda Coulda Shoulda
131
Lone Wolves
171
Kidnapping Inc
191
Old Creepy
211
Just Passing Through
225
18391939
235
Notes
295
Bibliography
309
Acknowledgments
319

The Adaptable Henry Starr
147
Celebrity Outlaws
153

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About the author (2010)

Dan Anderson is a former newswriter, photographer, features writer, and columnist. He has been honored with awards from the Associated Press for spot news reporting, investigative reporting, and newswriting.

Laurence J. Yadon is an attorney, mediator, and arbitrator. He has assisted the Department of Justice in litigation matters before his local United States district court and has successfully argued before the US Supreme Court. He is the co-author of Pelican's 100 Oklahoma Outlaws, Gangsters, and Lawmen: 1839-1939; 200 Texas Outlaws and Lawmen: 1835-1935; Ten Deadly Texans; Old West Swindlers; Arizona Gunfighter; and Outlaws with Badges. Yadon resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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