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Bad Blood: The Families Who Made the West Wild

Bad Blood: The Families Who Made the West Wild

by Robert Barr Col. Smith

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This collection of short, action-filled stories of the Old West's most egregiously bad family-based gangs caught in the act of mayhem, distraction, murder, and highway robbery, includes famous names like the James brothers and lesser known families just as the Deautremonts, the Newtons, and many more. The book will include archival illustrations and photographs of the shady characters and the scenes of their crimes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493006137
Publisher: TwoDot
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Robert Barr Smith is a law professor at the University of Oklahoma and a retired colonel, U.S. Army. He is the author of four books and nearly 100 articles of western and military history. A senior parachutist, he served in Vietnam, Germany, and all across the United States. He is a frequent lecturer on the West.

Table of Contents

Foreword v

Chapter 1 "We'll wait.": The Dalton Boys at Coffeyville 1

Chapter 2 Empty Men: The Fleagles 11

Chapter 3 Two Banks at Once: Disaster at Northfield 19

Chapter 4 Massacre in Greene County: The Youngs 26

Chapter 5 Debacle on the Border: The Christian Boys Panic at Nogales 35

Chapter 6 Vicious and Inept: The DeAutremonts and the Railroad 51

Chapter 7 The Wrong Town: The MeCarty Clan at Delta 59

Chapter 8 Pioneers: The Reno Boys and the Sport of Train Robbery 74

Chapter 9 Like Father, Like Son: The Clements Family 78

Chapter 10 Mama's Boys: The Barker Gang and Friends 85

Chapter 11 Bad to the Bone: The Selman Brothers 95

Chapter 12 England's Rejects: Ben and Billy Thompson 102

Chapter 13 A Vanished Yesterday: The Sutton-Taylor Feud 109

Chapter 14 Just Plain Nasty: The Casey Boys 116

Chapter 15 The Plague of Cochise County: The Clanton Clan 121

Chapter 16 Two-Bit Tough Guys: The Martins 130

Chapter 17 The Kansas Horror: The Bloody Benders 140

Chapter 18 The Bumbling Lawyers: Jennings & Jennings, Esq 152

Chapter 19 Dirty Gold: The Reynolds Brothers 165

Chapter 20 Revenge: The McCluskies 173

Chapter 21 Late Beginners: Rube and Jim Burrow 182

Chapter 22 Just Down-Home Folks: The Newton Boys 187

Chapter 23 A Flash in the Pan: The Poe-Hart Gang 194

Chapter 24 The Scourge of the Railroad: The Sontags 203

Chapter 25 A Rich Assortment of Trash: Some Lesser Scum 209

Epilogue 216

Bibliography 218

Index 223

About the Author 230

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