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  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Book Review: To Hell on a Fast Horse

    To Hell on a Fast Horse: Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Epic Chase to Justice in the Old West by Mark Lee Gardner, William Morrow, New York, 2010, $26.99.  Mark Lee Gardner  might be asking for trouble. His dual biography of...

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    George Hudson Had Killed at Least Five Men, And He Did Not...

    The outlaw made his deadly mark in Missouri and Colorado. William Rabedew, a law officer from Fairplay, Colorado, arrived in Joplin, Missouri, on August 6, 1892, with a warrant for the arrest of George Hudson of neighboring Granby. Joplin...

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    Bandido Tiburcio Vásquez at Tres Pinos

    At an isolated California settlement, a band of thieves took all the loot they could. One assured his helpless victims, ‘For my part, I won’t hurt anyone.’ But their ruthless head man made no such promise. Tiburcio Vásquez swayed...

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    Wild West Review: Legal Executions in the Western Territories

    Legal Executions in the Western Territories, 1847– 1911 by R. Michael Wilson, McFarland & Co., Jefferson, N.C., 2010, $95.  Author R. Michael Wilson goes where other researchers fear to tread due to the daunting amount of work...

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    Wild West Review: Alias Soapy Smith

    Alias Soapy Smith: The Life and Death of a Scoundrel by Jeff Smith, Klondike Research, Juneau, Alaska, 2009, $26.  Firearms figure only occasionally—albeit significantly when they do—in Jefferson Randolph Smith II’s life of...

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    Gun Smoke at the Tunnel Saloon

    Longtime Arizona Territory lawman Pete Gabriel waited for his former deputy-turned-enemy at the bar in Florence. Joe Phy soon showed up, armed with six-shooter and bowie knife. Pete Gabriel rested his lean frame against the mahogany bar of...

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    The Wrong Towns for Outlaws

    As the Dalton brothers discovered in Coffeyville and the James-Younger Gang did in Northfield, crime didnʼt pay when the citizens of a targeted community took a stand. Contrary to Hollywood myth, most townspeople didn’t walk the streets...

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    Moments of Truth and Legend: Death in the West

    Few frontiersmen could hope to die as dramatically as Crockett at the Alamo or Custer at the Little Bighorn, but some fellers managed to go out in a blaze of uniqueness. Death plays a prominent role in our collective recollection of the...

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    The Mysterious Morgan Earp

    Not nearly as well known as Wyatt or even Virgil, Morgan wandered away from his famous brothers only a little bit. He was standing right beside them amid the Tombstone action and controversy. On the night of March 18, 1882, in Tombstone,...

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    Wild West Book Review: Robert Havlin Paul

    Robert Havlin Paul: Frontier Lawman, the Arizona Years  by Roy B.Young, Young & Sons Enterprises, P.O. Box 759, Apache, Okla., 73006, 2009, $29.95 (plus $4 shipping and handling)  Author Roy B. Young, who doubles as editor of...

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    Wild West Review: Showdown!

    Showdown! Lionhearted Lawmen of Old California by William B. Secrest, Craven Street Books, Fresno, Calif., 2010, $15.95. The dependable Bill Secrest focuses on the lives and times of six lawmen who tamed California between the Gold Rush...

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    Boone May: Bane of the Badmen

    The stagecoach shotgun messenger who worked his weapons on the dangerous road from Deadwood earned a reputation for killing robbers. In June 1879, on the trail to the great Black Hills gold bonanza, a young diarist named Rolf Johnson met a...

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    Tascosa: Hell Town of the Texas Panhandle

     ‘The hardest place on the frontier’ was a hideout for Lone Star State fugitives and rustlers and site of one of the West’s bloodiest shootouts. Tougher than Tombstone? Indisputably. Deadlier than Dodge? Unquestionably. The most...

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    Wild West Book Review: Bandido

    Bandido: The Life and Times of Tiburcio Vásquez  by John Boessenecker, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2010, $34.95.  Since the medieval tales of Robin Hood, a select few criminals have operated with the benefit of a...

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    Wild West Book Reviews: A Rough Ride to Redemption

    A Rough Ride to Redemption: The Ben Daniels Story  by Robert K. DeArment and Jack DeMattos, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2010, $29.95.  Ben Daniels (1852–1923) did a lot of living in his 70 years. Buffalo hunter turned...

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    Dangerous and Inept: Curly Bill’s Brutal Assault

    In 1878 a young, eager-to-resign 9th U.S. Cavalry lieutenant faced his greatest challenge, not from Indians but from a pair of outlaws—‘Curly Bill’ Brocius and ‘Dutch’ Martin. Late one afternoon in May 1878 two desperate,...