Chasing Thugs, Nazis, and Reds: Texas Ranger Norman K. Dixon

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Texas A&M University Press, Feb 16, 2015 - History - 256 pages
Texas Ranger Norman Dixon made the front pages of newspapers, but his rigid sense of integrity prevented him from discussing his cases with his wife or his sons, or anyone else, even decades later.

As a Ranger, Dixon broke up the largest oil field theft ring in Texas history, worked to solve the most infamous cold case in Texas history, sought the Phantom Killer, investigated a near-mutiny by cadets and veterans on the campus of Texas A&M, rushed to a rural county to head off a lynching, and kept watch over Texas during World War II. He became the go-to investigator for the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, governors, and the state legislature.

During the final years of his career, which coincided with the McCarthy era in the 1950s, he was the chief of internal security, charged with protecting Texans from the Red Menace.

Using Ranger Dixon’s meticulously-kept diary entries, Kemp Dixon now tells his father’s compelling story.
 

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Contents

1 Yankee Ranger
1
2 Oil
18
3 Bits and Bullets
30
4 Slots and Goats
43
5 Goldthwaite
53
6 The Sheriff and the Socialite
64
7 Home Front
76
8 Rape and Race
91
12 Aggies Revolt
134
13 Gays and Reds on Campus
150
14 A Lone Ranger
162
15 The Chief
172
16 The Fall
182
17 An Old Ranger Lets Go
193
Notes
197
Bibliography
215

9 Red River Ranger
101
10 Bad Men
113
11 The Phantom and the War Hero
125

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KEMP DIXON, the son of Norman K. Dixon, teaches at Austin Community College.

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