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Murder & Execution in the Wild West

Wilson, R. Michael

ISBN 10: 096659259X / ISBN 13: 9780966592597
Published by Stagecoach Books, Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A., 2006
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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641 pages. Ex-library copy, with usual labels and stamps. Text is clean. Spine slightly faded. Octavo *8"x6"). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11279442155

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Title: Murder & Execution in the Wild West

Publisher: Stagecoach Books, Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Murder & Execution in the Wild West details every legal execution in ten Wild West territories from the time the region came under U. S. control until the end of America's territorial period [February 14, 1912]. There were 280 men and 2 women executed in 252 executions during that period: 11 men died by shooting, 4 were hung from a tree limb, 214 died by dropping through a trapdoor gallows, and another 53 were "swung into eternity" by being jerked up on a "twitch-up" gallows. Did the U. S. Supreme Court get it wrong? Is an execution by rope or rifle cruel and unusual? Unlike lethal gas or electrocution, hanging or shooting when conducted properly was the most humane way to take a life, possibly even more so than lethal injection. BUT, it was the occasional bungle that gave these methods of execution a bad reputation. The book contains general terms, legal terms, and an index of those too often forgotten in our preoccupation with the murder and murderers -- the victims. The June 2008 issue of Wild West Magazine [pg. 73] lists this book as Must See, Must Read.

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R. Michael Wilson has been researching the old west for over a decade and has four previous books published to his credit. His goal is to document each subject so thoroughly and accurately that the reader never has to look elsewhere.

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