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Twenty-eight true tales of outlaws and bad men operating within the borders of Oklahoma between the 1870s and 1960s. Oklahoma has proven to be the crossroads for every generation of criminal gang activity. The exciting stories in this volume include the heroic actions by law enforcement to bring bandits, thieves, and murderers to justice, from ï¿½Black-faced Charleyï¿½ Bryant to Bonnie and Clyde.
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"Outlaws and lawmen of Oklahoma's past are living characters under Ken Butler's pen. All the 'good guys' and 'bad guys' are here, with a few who were both!"
--Chuck Parsons, Western historian
"Ken Butler has done another superb job of researching and writing about more little-known, violent Oklahoma criminals and the law enforcement officers who hunted them down. Ken not only tells of the many deeds of the criminals but the sacrifices made by some of those brave peace officers."
--Dennis L. Lippe, chairman, Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial, Inc.
In the late 1800s bandits roamed freely in the Oklahoma and Indian Territories, causing fear to shadow every city. This collection includes accounts of bank robberies, kidnappings, mayhem, and murder by well-known and lesser-known desperados of the period.
From the misdeeds of the terrifying teenager Wesley Barnett to the transgressions of outlaw Ed Lockhart, these fascinating accounts of a time gone by revive the stories of those who have influenced law and order in Oklahoma. Tales depicting monumental events of conflict and confrontation never fail to intrigue.
Why was Joe Davis charged with several crimes but seldom convicted? What happened on the night of vengeance in Wewoka? Who was Oklahoma's first lawmaker and lawbreaker? The answers to these questions and more are revealed. Trepidation and fearlessness meet throughout these stories, weaving an unforgettable past that will fascinate historians from every state.
In this follow-up to Oklahoma Renegades: Their Deeds and Misdeeds, published by Pelican, Ken Butler unearths additional crimes that plagued the state. A member of the National Association for Outlaw and Lawman History, Butler spent his life researching the history of the state he loved.About the Author:
What began as research for a short article by author Ken Butler quickly turned into five years of work, resulting in his first book, Oklahoma Renegades: Their Deeds and Misdeeds . Ken Butler was a lifetime member of the National Association for Outlaw and Lawman History and a charter member of the Association for the Preservation of Lawman and Outlaw History of Oklahoma (Oklahombres).
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