In the Old West, upright lawmen were scarce. Often, the men who were bound to keep the peace were just as corrupt as the men they pursued. These dishonest deputies chose their professions based on convenience rather than conviction, and the most revered were often the wiliest. These men held grudges, ruled with violence, and instilled fear in all who crossed their paths.
Offered here is an untainted perspective of these outlaws that discerns fact from myth. Legends such as Wyatt Earp and renegade lawman Dirty Dave Rudabaugh are presented as real men with quirks and weaknesses. The authors deconstruct not only the Dalton’s last stand in Coffeyville, Kansas, and the gunfight at the OK Corral—among other famous heists—but also the triumphs and flaws of their organizers. The Old West’s former outlaws turned good, former lawmen gone bad, and honorable citizens who moonlighted as robbers and rustlers are presented in these pages.
About the Authors
Laurence J. Yadon is an attorney, mediator, and arbitrator who presents on various legal subjects, Oklahoma history, and crime history. He has assisted the Department of Justice in litigation matters before his local United States district court and has successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court. He is the co-author of Pelican’s 100 Oklahoma Outlaws, Gangsters, and Lawmen: 1839-1939; 200 Texas Outlaws and Lawmen: 1835-1935; Ten Deadly Texans; Old West Swindlers;
and Arizona Gunfighters.
Yadon resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Robert Barr Smith is a History Channel commentator and the author of more than thirty articles and five books on the American Old West. He has edited several titles, including Pelican’s 100 Oklahoma Outlaws, Gangsters, and Lawmen: 1839-1939; 200 Texas Outlaws and Lawmen: 1835-1935; Ten Deadly Texans; and Arizona Gunfighters, and he co-authored Old West Swindlers, also published by Pelican. A retired colonel, Smith served more than twenty years in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps and earned the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit while serving in the United States Army. He is a former deputy attorney general of California and a retired professor of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma.
Dirty Dave Rudabaugh · Hoodoo Brown and Company · Henry Newtown Brown · John Larn · Bob and Grat Dalton · Wyatt Earp · King Fisher · Ben Thompson · Henry Plummer · Joseph Alfred Slade · Doc Middleton · Frank M. Canton
OUTLAWS WITH BADGES
By Laurence J. Yadon and Robert Barr Smith
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / West
TRUE CRIME / General
288 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
15 b/w photos 1 b/w illus.
Notes Biblio. Index
ISBN: 9781455616589 pb