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This Bloody Deed: The Magruder Incident (Lecture Notes in Computer Science;846) Paperback – January 1, 1994
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Three thugs from Sheriff Henry Plummer's gang befriend and then murder packer Lloyd Magruder and party as they are crossing the Bitterroot Mountains from Bannack( now western Montana,then Idaho Territory) to Lewiston Idaho. Magruder's true friend Hill Beachy tracks the killers to San Francisco and returns them to Lewiston to face Idaho's first murder trial, if he can keep them from being lynched.
I grew up with this story as a folktale and as good as the narrative is the best parts of the book are Hamilton's asides into everyday life on the Idaho frontier, boom-bust economics of mining and territorial politics.
My only historical quibble is that my family always accepted that the prosecution's chief witness was also a Plummer gang intimate.
A solid picture of the frontier as it probably was.
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Great story. It gives quite an interesting view of the western Territories before statehood.Published 18 months ago by Donald M. Fenner