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Murder, Mayhem, and Mystery: Coroner Inquests in Fremont County Wyoming 1885-1900

Mark R Stratmoen

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ISBN 10: 146362932X / ISBN 13: 9781463629328
Published by CreateSpace, 2011
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Title: Murder, Mayhem, and Mystery: Coroner ...

Publisher: CreateSpace

Publication Date: 2011

Book Condition:Very Good

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You just can’t make this stuff up. The best Hollywood script writers are no match for the odd turns of fate, the twists of fortune, and the dramatic events that actually happen in real life. Here are real conspiracies, historical legends, mysterious murders, social scandals, and a horse thief who quite literally gets caught with his pants down. Inquests are often forgotten as a historical source, frequently lost in the glow of subsequent and more sensational public trials. Yet because of how the system operates, they are many times the most immediate and timely reconstruction of the scene and event, especially in the historical period where they were frequently held over the body at the place the death occurred. Included are forty-six stories of the beginnings of forensics and death investigation in Fremont County, Wyoming, from 1885 to 1900. Sometimes justice is served, sometimes it goes astray. Presented inside before you, the jury, is the evidence as gathered, and the testimony as heard, to await your impartial decision as to the cause and manner of death of the forty-six bodies that now lie before you.

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"Conspiracies, legends, scandals, cattle kings and political chicanery are all here in this wonderfully entertaining and informative book.  Mark Stratmoen has done a superb job of compiling and making sense out of the records of coroner inquests in Fremont County between 1885 and 1900, when ranchers, railroaders and town settlers had to be as tough as the Wyoming landscape to survive.  In Murder, Mayhem and Mystery, the voices of the past speak for themselves through actual transcripts from the inquests.  Added to such valuable primary evidence are commentaries that place the murders within the historical context, such as the famous Johnson County Wars. Stratmoen, a coroner's investigator himself, also brings the perspective of modern forensics and investigation techniques to the historic cases.  The result is a fascinating encounter with a time when the wild frontier was struggling to become a civilized society.   Historians, writers, teachers and everybody drawn to the mystery of the past will want a copy of this book to peruse and read and pick up again and again."
- Margaret Coel, author of the Wind River Mystery Series.

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