Outlaw Tales of Kansas: True Stories of the Sunflower State's Most Infamous Crooks, Culprits, and Cutthroats

Outlaw Tales of Kansas: True Stories of the Sunflower State's Most Infamous Crooks, Culprits, and Cutthroats

by Sarah Smarsh

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From Dodge City to Abilene and beyond, Kansas in its early years was one fine place for outlaws, and one of the most violent places in America's history. Consider the exploits of Jesse James—a sociopathic killer or a Robin Hood who redistributed Union wealth? Or those of Big Nose Kate, whose true identity was much nobler than her reputation as Doc Holliday's longtime companion. That's not to mention the dangerous inmate who became the learned Bird Man of Kansas—a renowned canary expert whose life story became a hit film. All this and more is yours for the reading in Outlaw Tales of Kansas, which introduces fifteen of the most dramatic events, and the most daring and despicable desperados, in the history of the Sunflower State.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493016761
Publisher: TwoDot
Publication date: 01/04/2016
Series: Outlaw Tales Series
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Sarah Smarshis a freelance writer and fifth-generation Kansan. She is a fellow of the Center for Kansas Studies and the author ofIt Happened in Kansas(Globe Pequot). She currently lives in northeast Kansas.

Robert Barr Smith is a law professor at the University of Oklahoma and a retired colonel, US Army. He is the author or co-author of seventeen books and more than a hundred magazine articles, primarily in military and western history. Smith lives in the Ozark Hills of southern Missouri and is a frequent lecturer on the West.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction ix

Bushwhackers (1863) 1

Johnny Hardin (1871) 11

Phil Coe (1871) 20

The Newton Massacre (1871) 28

Kate Bender (1872) 38

Ben Thompson (1873) 47

Billy Brooks (1874) 54

Dirty Dave Rudabaugh (1876) 66

Big Nose Kate (1878) 74

The Master son Brothers (1881 and 1893) 84

Luke Short (1883) 96

Henry Brown (1884) 103

Dave Mather (1885) 111

Emmett Dalton (1892) 118

George "Bitter Creek" Newcomb (1893) 127

The Bird Man of Kansas (1912) 135

Bad Sermon (1915) 143

Stella Hyman (1919) 145

Bibliography 152

Index 160

About the Authors 166

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