Bedside Book of Bad Girls: Outlaw Women of the Old West

Overview

Much has been written about the outlaws of the American West, from Jesse James to Butch Cassidy. But what about the western woman who chose to pick up a Colt and take on the law?

Author and historian Michael Rutter profiles twenty-one of these pistol-packin' women. 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 ...

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Overview

Much has been written about the outlaws of the American West, from Jesse James to Butch Cassidy. But what about the western woman who chose to pick up a Colt and take on the law?

Author and historian Michael Rutter profiles twenty-one of these pistol-packin' women. 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, Rutter brings these 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 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560374626
  • Publisher: Farcountry Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 159
  • Sales rank: 390,663
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     v
Introduction     vi
Serial Killers: Harpies Most Horrible     1
Kate Bender: The Benders' Bloody Inn     2
Ma Steffleback: Galena's Bloody Madam     10
Western Legends: Women Larger than Life     14
Calamity Jane: The Facts about the Legend     16
Sally Skull: Horse Trader, Gun Runner, and Five-Time Wife     25
Elizabeth, Josie, and Ann Bassett: The Wild Women of Brown's Park     31
Women, Gallows, and Lynch Mobs: Death by Hanging for the Innocent and Guilty     48
Elizabeth Potts: Nevada's First Woman Executed by Hanging     50
Ellen Watson: The First Woman Hanged in Wyoming     58
Outlaw Molls: Standing By Her Bad Man     65
The Rose of Cimarron: Common Country Girl or Epic Heroine?     67
Belle Starr: Not Quite the Bandit Queen     72
Laura Bullion: A Flower in the Wild Bunch     83
Annie Rogers: The Bawdy Woman and the Bad Guy     91
Etta Place: The Enigma of Sundance's Girl     95
Little Britches and Cattle Annie: Teenybopper Bad Girls     99
Skirts, Flirts, and Six-Guns: Exceptional Verve and Viciousness     106
Cora Hubbard: Bank Robbing Belle     108
Madam Moustache: A DoubleShotgun Blast for the Lover Who Took All     114
Pearl Hart: Arizona's Lady Stagecoach Robber     122
Madam Vestal: The Faro Queen and the Deadwood Highway Woman     130
Ah Toy: An Exploited Woman Exploits Others     138
Bibliography     148
Index     153
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  • Posted August 25, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Somewhat informative

    This was an easy book to read because it was broken up into chapters about each woman. Some chapters had more information than others. It was just too easy to change a name and your looks or style back then that some of these women could get lost in history. However there was enough info to tell you that even back then, some women were trying their best to change history or maybe......they were just trying to survive the best way they could?

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    Posted March 26, 2009

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    This book was really interesting. I really enjoyed everything it had to offer. I would highly suggest this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2009

    This book is very good

    this book is very good to read.

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