Desperadoes

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In the months prior to America's involvement in the First World War there came charging out of the West an organized band of cutthroats dubbed the Poe-Hart Gang. This notorious group of outlaws cut a swath of robbery, murder, and wholesale theft not seen on the frontier since the arrival of the infamous Dalton Brothers. This is the story of that lawless band of renegades and how they made the transition from horse to automobile.
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Overview

In the months prior to America's involvement in the First World War there came charging out of the West an organized band of cutthroats dubbed the Poe-Hart Gang. This notorious group of outlaws cut a swath of robbery, murder, and wholesale theft not seen on the frontier since the arrival of the infamous Dalton Brothers. This is the story of that lawless band of renegades and how they made the transition from horse to automobile.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581070637
  • Publisher: New Forums Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

R. D. Morgan is a native of the frozen cornfields of the north. He shook the ice off his nose and joined the US Army immediately after graduating from high school, serving as a Military Police officer. After his military career, he worked several years for the federal government as an electrician in Arkansas and Missouri. Two years ago, Morgan and his wife took an early retirement and moved to Oklahoma to pursue their passion of researching and photographing people, places, and stories pertaining to 1920s and '30s history. The author got a passion from listening to his Grandfather's tales about life and culture in the Midwest during the depression years. A year ago, the couple began writing a popular weekly column in the Haskell News on Oklahoma history. While doing research for their column, they discovered the story of the Cookson Hills gang. Realizing the story of neither the outlaws nor the lawmen's exploits had ever fully been told they tackled the job. This book is the result of that project. The Morgans are currently active members of Oklahombres, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Oklahoma lawmen and outlaw history. They have had their stories published in the Oklahombres Journal, Okmulgee Daily Times, and the quarterly journal of Three Rivers Museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    Desperadoes

    Another poor quality book with some material that has nothing to do with the Cookson Hills or the bandits that lived there. Photo's are still of poor quality and author has no documentation such as endnotes to show where he got his material from.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    Desperadoes

    This book is the first to be on the Poe/Hart gang of outlaws from just after Oklahoma's statehood. I good book overall, with previously unpublished material. Still R. D. Morgan does not document his material by way of either footnotes or endnotes, some photo's are also hard to see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2003

    Interesting, well-written tale of Oklahoma/Kansas badmen circa 1917

    Enjoyed reading this tough, no nonsense story of a gang of horse-theives turned auto bank robbers.A bit violent, but fast paced drama keeps the pages turning.Small book but all action, no filler,never boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2003

    Great Piece of Oklahoma History

    In 'Bad Boys of the Cookson Hills' R.D Morgan chronicled the rise and fall of a notorious Depression era Oklahoma bandit gang. With 'Desperadoes' Morgan takes us a step further back in time--to the World War I era and the Poe-Hart gang, former horse thieves who became one of the first gangs of automotive bank robbers. It's an overdue study of a fascinating period--when both crime and the 'Wild West' entered the 20th Century--a long neglected piece of history. Most outlaw and lawman books center on either the frontier period or the Depression era, leaving a wide gap in between. Morgan successfully bridges that gap here, in a remarkable story of blown banks and cut telephone wires, bloody gun battles and chases with horses and Model T's, told in the colorful but matter-of-fact style of a 1930's detective magazine. It's essential reading for anyone wanting to understand America's bandit days.

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