C.O Davies led bounty hunters on a cross-country chase after being accused of bank robberies, fraud, and murder. But was he guilty? Author J.D. Hylton pieces together accounts from newspapers, oral histories, and court records to assemble a fictional account of the life and times of one of Iowa's most infamous con-men. This photograph of Davies, the only one in existence, appeared on the front page of the Winterset Review while Davies was on trial.
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"Thief" is the 2006 Winner of the Independent Publisher Award ("IPPY" Award) for best true crime novel.From the Inside Flap:
During the 1890s, the Midwest was a bustling thoroughfare of trade, commerce, expansion, and investment. Like the Northeast in its heyday, it was also fertile ground for con-men.A Mr. Charles O. Davies—perhaps an assumed name—arrived in Peru, Iowa in the mid-1890s to a hero's welcome. Appearing to be a wealthy financier, he bought the local bank and stood ready to invest in local businesses. A few short months later, Davies was convicted of robbing banks, forging checks, murder, and a host of other crimes. His alleged actions were front page news sensations in Iowa. The bank robberies and fraud caused grave economic impact on the region, and many wanted Davies to hang for these crimes alone.Which crimes, if any, Davies actually committed was never proved in court because his legal counsel was incompetent. Davies evaded authorities for months after becoming a suspect. He was captured by bounty-hunters after a cross-country chase, then sent to jail in Iowa to await trial. With the help of fellow inmates, Davies escaped from jail the night before he was to be sent to the gallows.What were the true circumstances surrounding these crimes? Did Davies have any accomplices? What were his motives? Was he falsely accused? Author and former journalist J.D. Hylton crafts a compelling reconstruction of these events based on years of research. Many questions remain unanswered, and Hylton has skillfully blended fact with supposition to create an utterly believable drama. This is the first book ever published on the C.O. Davies story.
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