Bedside Book of Bad Girls: Outlaw Women of the American West (Bedside Reader)

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Meet Kate Bender, who brutally murdered as many as thirty people in Kansas, including children, and buried them in her family’s orchard; Laura Bullion, the only woman to participate in a Wild Bunch train robbery; and Madam Vestal, a one-time Confederate spy who organized the famous Deadwood stagecoach robberies. Witness the execution of Elizabeth Potts and Ellen Watson, the first women hanged in Nevada and Wyoming.

Drawing on fact and folklore, author and historian Michael Rutter brings 21 gun-slinging "bad girls to" life—and explores their motives, hopes, and dreams. He dispels many of the myths about these female outlaws, for sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.

Featuring forty-two historical images, Bedside Book of Bad Girls sheds light on figures and events often shrouded in fabrication and fantasy. Meet these fascinating characters, complete with their pistols and petticoats, their knives and knaves, their vices and victims.

· Features 42 evocative historical photographs
· Covers serial killers, bank robbers, gold thieves, and more

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Michael Rutter has co-authored nearly 40 books and 600 articles for magazines and newspapers. He was awarded the Ben Franklin Award for Outdoor Writing and the Rocky Mountain Book Publishers Association Award. Michael teaches advanced writing at Brigham Young University. He is also a Christa McAuliffe Fellow.

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Everyone from the well known Calamity Jane (a Prostitute, Theif, and Alcoholic who drank her way into an early grave) to little known Bad Girls, this was a very enjoyable, quick read. You have the true bad girls, like Calamity Jane, Belle Star, and others (those who'd as soon kill you and rob you as look at you), and you also have the women who were simply too forward thinking for their time, and victims of poor circumstance and the mysogyny of the Victorian peroid. This book would be a fantastic addition to any High School History Classroom or Personal Library. (4 stars) --Sarah, goodreads.com

Rutter works very hard to discover the truth of the lives of these famous characters in order to set the record straight, yet explaining how the wild tales came about. The author delves into archives to find pictures to illustrate his biographies. Rutter distills extensive research into lively tales that are only a handful of pages long, indeed making this an excellent bedside reader. One will dream dreams of our historic Wild West after reading one of these 21 stories each evening! --Portneuf District Library

Believe It or Not! the American West had its share of outlaw women, many of whom were killers and rustlers and some actually ended up on the short end of a long rope as a result. Author Michael Rutter has documented these bad girls in his Bedside Book of Bad Girls, and shares several amazing and shocking stories about a few of them. --Ripley's Believe It or Not! Oddcast

Rutter works very hard to discover the truth of the lives of these famous characters in order to set the record straight, yet explaining how the wild tales came about. The author delves into archives to find pictures to illustrate his biographies. Rutter distills extensive research into lively tales that are only a handful of pages long, indeed making this an excellent bedside reader. One will dream dreams of our historic Wild West after reading one of these 21 stories each evening! --Portneuf District Library

Believe It or Not! the American West had its share of outlaw women, many of whom were killers and rustlers and some actually ended up on the short end of a long rope as a result. Author Michael Rutter has documented these bad girls in his Bedside Book of Bad Girls, and shares several amazing and shocking stories about a few of them. --Ripley's Believe It or Not! Oddcast

Rutter works very hard to discover the truth of the lives of these famous characters in order to set the record straight, yet explaining how the wild tales came about. The author delves into archives to find pictures to illustrate his biographies. Rutter distills extensive research into lively tales that are only a handful of pages long, indeed making this an excellent bedside reader. One will dream dreams of our historic Wild West after reading one of these 21 stories each evening! --Portneuf District Library

Believe It or Not! the American West had its share of outlaw women, many of whom were killers and rustlers and some actually ended up on the short end of a long rope as a result. Author Michael Rutter has documented these bad girls in his Bedside Book of Bad Girls, and shares several amazing and shocking stories about a few of them. --Ripley's Believe It or Not! Oddcast

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