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"A dandy book to have if you have any interest in outlaws and criminals." -- -- Mexia Daily News
"Anyone interested in the `romanticized era' of law-breaking and crime-fighting in Oklahoma and surrounding states will find this a good read." -- --NewsOK.com
"Those interested in Oklahoma history, outlaws and criminal history will enjoy this book, and it is highly recommended to them." -- --curledup.com
"Take[s] readers back to the untamed West when the pistol, the rifle, and the rope provided justice and only the hand-me-down stories divided the lawmen from the lawless."
The period between 1839 and 1939 bore witness to the sometimes atrocious exploits of renegades and regulators around Oklahoma. The 100 profiles and biographical essays in this volume of popular history include Bonnie and Clyde, Belle Starr, Machine Gun Kelly, the James brothers, the Youngers, the Doolins, the Daltons, and numerous other well-known and lesser-known criminals and officials.
From the revelry of whiskey towns to the shootouts, massacres, and misunderstandings of wild Oklahoma, Dan Anderson and Laurence Yadon present interesting and little-known facts about this romanticized era. Characters include such unlikely personalities as Jim Miller, the devout Methodist assassin; Bud Trainor, a gang operator turned deputy U.S. marshal; and Lloyd Barker, the founder of the Central Park Gang, who became an assistant manager of a snack shop and was later gunned down by his wife.
Dan Anderson is a former newswriter, photographer, features writer, and columnist. He has been honored with multiple awards from the Associated Press for spot news reporting, investigative reporting, and newswriting.
Laurence Yadon is an attorney, mediator, and arbitrator. He and Anderson have also coauthored 200 Texas Outlaws and Lawmen: 1835-1935, Ten Deadly Texans, and Arizona Gunfighters, all available from Pelican.