Ken Butler had been a resident of Shawnee, Oklahoma, since his family moved
there in 1929, when Butler was three years old. His grandfather participated in
the land run of 1892, and Ken's interest in Oklahoma Indian Territory's outlaws
and lawmen developed out of stories he heard about the land run. The result was
a lifelong passion for researching and recording such history.
Butler was researching the young, violent Oklahoma outlaw Bert Casey for the
quarterly journal of the Oklahoma-based Oklahombres organization. His research
took him through old court records, newspaper articles of the day, Texas Ranger
records, and personal papers handed down through families. In his findings,
Butler came across other outlaws and lawmen who shared a common time frame in
making headlines before and after statehood in both Oklahoma and Indian
Territory. His fascination with these historic figures and their intertwined
histories brought Ken Butler through five years of research and work, resulting
in his first book, Oklahoma Renegades: Their Deeds and Misdeeds.
In the book, Butler tracks the lives of Oklahoma's lesser-known desperadoes,
rather than following history's well-beaten paths of more popular outlaws and
lawmen. Butler continues this focus with More Oklahoma Renegades.
Ken Butler was a lifetime member of the National Association for Outlaw and
Lawman History and a charter member of the Association for the Preservation of
Lawman and Outlaw History of Oklahoma (Oklahombres). He was also a member of the
Western Outlaw-Lawman History Association and the Oklahoma Outlaw-Lawman History
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