Outlaw Tales of Alaska: True Stories of the Last Frontier's Most Infamous Crooks, Culprits, and Cutthroats

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From Unimak Island to Fairbanks and beyond, the Last Frontier was populated by characters as tough and as dangerous as any in the lower forty-eight states. Take the legendary Blue Parka Bandit—whose generosity earned him Robin Hood status among some, and whose flair for escapes kept folks on edge even after his arrest. Or Fred Hardy, who in 1902 achieved the dubious distinction of becoming the first convicted murderer hung by the feds in the Territory of Alaska. That’s not to mention “Klutuk,” whose murderous ...

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Overview

From Unimak Island to Fairbanks and beyond, the Last Frontier was populated by characters as tough and as dangerous as any in the lower forty-eight states. Take the legendary Blue Parka Bandit—whose generosity earned him Robin Hood status among some, and whose flair for escapes kept folks on edge even after his arrest. Or Fred Hardy, who in 1902 achieved the dubious distinction of becoming the first convicted murderer hung by the feds in the Territory of Alaska. That’s not to mention “Klutuk,” whose murderous exploits spread fear through the hearts of trappers in his rugged domain.
 
All this and more is yours for the reading in Outlaw Tales of Alaska, which introduces twelve of the most dramatic events and the most daring and despicable desperados in the history of the Last Frontier.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762753260
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/6/2010
  • Series: Outlaw Tales Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 779,491
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

John W. Heaton is an associate professor of history at the University of Alaska–Fairbanks. He is the author of The Shoshone Bannocks: Culture and Commerce at Fort Hall, 1870–1940.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Charles Hendrickson: The Blue Parka Bandit 1

The Discoverer 19

Fred Hardy 34

"The Man from the Mountain" 46

Ed Krause 61

William "Slim" Birch 76

Nellie "Black Bear" Bates and William Schermeyer 89

Thomas Johnson: The Blueberry Kid 108

Joe Horner, aka Frank Canton 121

George O'Brien 141

The Sheep Camp Vigilantes of ChilkootPass 153

Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith, the Dictator of Skagway 170

Bibliography 188

Index 192

About the Author 198

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