More Oklahoma Renegades

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"Outlaws and lawmen of Oklahoma's past are living characters under Ken Butler's pen. All the 'good guys' and 'bad guys' are here, with a few who were both!"
—Chuck Parsons, Western historian

"Ken Butler has done another superb job of researching and writing about more little-known, violent Oklahoma criminals and the law enforcement officers who hunted them down. Ken not only tells of the many deeds of the criminals but the sacrifices made by some of those brave peace officers."
—Dennis L. Lippe, chairman, ...

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Overview

"Outlaws and lawmen of Oklahoma's past are living characters under Ken Butler's pen. All the 'good guys' and 'bad guys' are here, with a few who were both!"
—Chuck Parsons, Western historian

"Ken Butler has done another superb job of researching and writing about more little-known, violent Oklahoma criminals and the law enforcement officers who hunted them down. Ken not only tells of the many deeds of the criminals but the sacrifices made by some of those brave peace officers."
—Dennis L. Lippe, chairman, Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial, Inc.

In the late 1800s bandits roamed freely in the Oklahoma and Indian Territories, causing fear to shadow every city. This collection includes accounts of bank robberies, kidnappings, mayhem, and murder by well-known and lesser-known desperados of the period.

From the misdeeds of the terrifying teenager Wesley Barnett to the transgressions of outlaw Ed Lockhart, these fascinating accounts of a time gone by revive the stories of those who have influenced law and order in Oklahoma. Tales depicting monumental events of conflict and confrontation never fail to intrigue.

Why was Joe Davis charged with several crimes but seldom convicted? What happened on the night of vengeance in Wewoka? Who was Oklahoma's first lawmaker and lawbreaker? The answers to these questions and more are revealed. Trepidation and fearlessness meet throughout these stories, weaving an unforgettable past that will fascinate historians from every state.

In this follow-up to Oklahoma Renegades: Their Deeds and Misdeeds, published by Pelican, Ken Butler unearths additional crimes that plagued the state. A member of the National Association for Outlaw and Lawman History, Butler spent his life researching the history of the state he loved.

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While researching an article for a local magazine, Oklahoma historian Ken Butler became fascinated with the history of Sooner State outlaws. He shared his findings, first in his 1997 Oklahoma Renegades and now in this posthumously published follow-up. More Oklahoma Renegades is arguably the more revelatory of the two books, concentrating as it does on lesser-known miscreants. Butler's narrative returns us to an era when train robberies, prison breaks, and shootouts were not completely uncommon occurrences. A compelling read; obviously a labor of love.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589804647
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,427,036
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

What began as research for a short article by author Ken Butler quickly turned into five years of work, resulting in his first book, Oklahoma Renegades: Their Deeds and Misdeeds . Ken Butler was a lifetime member of the National Association for Outlaw and Lawman History and a charter member of the Association for the Preservation of Lawman and Outlaw History of Oklahoma (Oklahombres).

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Table of Contents


Preface     9
Acknowledgments     11
Wesley Barnett     15
The Devious Outlaw Career of Bob Rogers     27
"No Heroes Were There"     42
Massacre at Wild Horse Lake     47
"Black-faced" Charley Bryant's Blazing Moment of Glory     60
Clyde Mattox, an Oklahoma Hellion     67
The Passing of the Oklahoma Outlaws     81
The Troublesome Stevenson Brothers     99
Bits of History from Keokuk Falls     115
Dr. Beemblossom Becomes a Sleuth     131
Ambush and Murder in Creek Country     145
Ira N. Terrill: Oklahoma's First Lawmaker/Lawbreaker     156
The McIntosh County Seat War     165
A Night of Vengeance in Wewoka     174
The First Prison Break at Big Mac     187
Outlaw Tom Slaughter     194
Ed Lockhart, an Outlaw from Sallisaw     211
Joe Davis: Often Charged, Seldom Convicted     227
Bank Robbery Fiasco at Salt Springs     238
The Oglesby Brothers and the OCPD     243
The Cunningham Brothers     254
Bessie's Heroic Banker     263
Mayhem in Kay County     270
George Birdwell, Bank Robber     286
Kidnapped     300
The Hanging of Arthur Gooch     315
Texas Officers Shot 'em Dead in Oklahoma     331
Murray Humphreys, Crime Boss     339
Bibliography     357
Index     369
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