- Hardcover: 285 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (May 17, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393023346
- ISBN-13: 978-0393023343
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,122,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Incident at Big Sky: The True Story of Sheriff Johnny France and the Capture of the Mountain Men Hardcover – May 17, 1986
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Top Customer Reviews
This drama played out for five months while the first rescuer was killed on Moonlight Creek in the wild forest, so close to Big Sky. "Remembering a tragedy is always painful." The long manhunt and eventual capture of the kidnappers ended peaceably due to the expertise of Sheriff Johnny France. This "drama of the confrontation between the Sheriff and the fugitives is as exciting as any fiction" and it is "a tale of high adventure in real life."
At the first trial in Virginia City where cowboys drink coffee and other liquids at Bettie's Cafe, Danny was not found guilty of murder because his father was the one who shot Al Goldstein. The district judge is described as a crusty old Southerner who 'ran a tight court' who felt that the younger man should have been found guilty as well because the murder had occurred during the course of the original felony. But the jury of rural Montana didn't see it that way. Dan got the maximum sentence to be served at the hardrock prison at Deerlodge.
A new trial ended with Don Nichols receiving guilty on both counts, murder and kidnapping and also got the maximum sentence under law. He must serve 42 years before any chance of parole. For a man his age, that is equivalent to the death sentence.
Life goes on at the Mountain Range with hot dry summers and fiercely cold winters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The most detailed account of the kidnapping of Kari Swenson publishedPublished 1 month ago by steven
The book was a great read. Still trying to get through it. Have been busy with other projects also but has been a gateway read.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I know the man who wrote it and his story. Johnny is such a wonderful man and has so many stories to tell.Published 6 months ago by Dmm
I remember this story!
Now that I know Johnny...it meant even more to read how it all went down!!
Great, interesting true story, even met the author in eating placePublished 22 months ago by KAREN HENRY