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Outlaw Tales of Idaho: True Stories of the Gem State's Most Infamous Crooks, Culprits, and Cutthroats Paperback – April 15, 2008

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From the Back Cover

Meet Idaho's Wild Ones
 
From Florence to Lewiston, Boise to Grangeville, the frontier towns of Idaho were populated by some of the toughest and most dangerous characters in the West. Serial killer Lyda Lewis poisoned her unsuspecting husbands to cash in on their life insurance policies. The Eddy and Splawn families created counterfeit U.S. gold pieces. And “Diamondfield” Jack Davis, a notorious killer, even shot a child’s dog.
 
From Butch Cassidy to George Levy, Harry Orchard to Caleb Lyon, read about the most notorious desperados in the history of the Gem State. Through these astonishing true stories, Outlaw Tales of Idaho introduces you to a state you thought you knew—and a West wilder than you've ever imagined.

About the Author

Randy Stapilus has written about Idaho for more than a quarter of a century, as a newspaper columnist, reporter and author of a book about Idaho's political history, Paradox Politics (Ridenbaugh Press). He edits four newsletters on Northwest public affairs and natural resources. He has lived in all the corners of Idaho, currently at Boise.
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Product Details

  • Series: Outlaw Tales
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: TwoDot; 1st edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762743743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762743742
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,546,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is broken into several short stories about some of Idaho's most notorious criminals and crimes. Each story has a short overview, and then the author goes into a more detailed description of the people, places, and events in each story. I thought that it was easy to read and entertaining. I never knew about most of the stories in the book. It gives you some new things to look for when you are out exploring Idaho. I also thought the author did a nice job of including stories from all over the state. The people in the book are not the most famous outlaws from the Wild West, but they had many of the same characteristics as America's most notorious criminals.
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AN REALLY GOOD READ FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE HISTORY OF IDAHO. I LEARN A LOT ABOUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING WHEN MY GREAT GRANDPARENTS HOMESTEADED IN IDAHO.
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The book was purchased as a gift so I have not read it. The person who received the book was thrilled to get it.
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It's always difficult to find novelty items for an Idaho native. This book revives the history of Idaho in a creative compilation of short stories. A fun, quick read -- easy to pick up from any point in the book and skip through as you please.
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Interesting and well told stories of crime and corruption in a largely lawless west. Politicians are crooks wearing suit and vests m
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