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Graham Barnett: A Dangerous Man
     

Graham Barnett: A Dangerous Man

by James L Coffey, Russell M Drake, John T Barnett
 

Graham Barnett was killed in Rankin, Texas, on December 6, 1931. His death brought an end to a storied career, but not an end to the legends that claimed he was a gunman, a hired pistolero on both sides of the border, a Texas Ranger known for questionable shootings in Company B under Captain Fox, a deputy sheriff, a bootlegger, and a possible “fixer”

Overview


Graham Barnett was killed in Rankin, Texas, on December 6, 1931. His death brought an end to a storied career, but not an end to the legends that claimed he was a gunman, a hired pistolero on both sides of the border, a Texas Ranger known for questionable shootings in Company B under Captain Fox, a deputy sheriff, a bootlegger, and a possible “fixer” for both law enforcement and outlaw organizations. In real life he was a good cowboy, who provided for his family the best way he could, and who did so by slipping seamlessly between the law enforcement community and the world of illegal liquor traffickers. Stories say he killed unnumbered men on the border, but he stood trial only twice and was acquitted both times.
Barnett lived in the twentieth century but carried with him many of the attitudes of old frontier Texas. Among those beliefs was that if there were problems, a man dealt with them directly and forcefully—with a gun. His penchant to settle a score with gunplay brought him into confrontation with Sheriff W. C. Fowler, a former friend, who shot Barnett with the latter’s own submachine gun on loan. One contemporary summed it up best: “Officers in West Texas got the best sleep they had had in twenty years that Sunday night after Fowler killed Graham.”

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This is one hell of a story. Graham Barnett surveys the storied life of a man who moved back and forth on both sides of the law—and did so with great ease and requisite skill, and with little conscience. This is what makes this biography stand out; it is the story not of an iconic lawman but the account of a notorious gunfighter in the mold of the most legendary ‘anti-heroes’ of the American Southwest.”—Michael L. Collins, author of Texas Devils: Rangers and Regulars on the Lower Rio Grande, 1846–1861
 
“Barnett’s story absolutely deserves to be told—he  was a fascinating character. Like most good biographies, this one gives the reader a good feel for the times and the circumstances that affected the people of that era.”—Mike Cox, author of The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900 and Time of the Rangers: Texas Rangers from 1900 to the Present

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574416671
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Publication date:
05/15/2017
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


JAMES L. COFFEY is a former education consultant who worked with school districts in West Texas and lives in San Angelo, Texas. RUSSELL M. DRAKE is a newspaper man who worked in Texas and California and lives in Veribest, Texas. JOHN T. BARNETT is Graham Barnett’s grandson and lives in southern California.