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George Horace Lorimer
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A Family Letter Regarding the Youngers
Article (written by a relative of Cole Younger) about the Younger family of outlaws and the activities of leader Cole Younger through the early 1900s in and around the Kansas City area.
A Grave Matter
Short article relating the history of the burial of the Dalton Gang in Elmwood Cemetery in Coffeyville, Kansas, and the headstone. Includes photo of the headstone and what looks like a "postcard" with...
A Time to Heal Old Wounds
Photo and biographical article about late 19th century outlaw Frank James, comparing his trial acquittal to "O. J. Simpson's trial" of the late 20th century.
Aerial Views Show Site of Red Crown Tavern
Article describes the "site of the famed shoot-out with Platte County law enforcement," and provides information on the location of the tavern in relation to present day highways. Also included are two...
Ask the Marshall
May 1, 2006
Letter from a reader of True West inquiring about the total sum acquired by the James-Younger Gang over some 12 years of robberies. Although the letter writer believes the members of the gang gained nearly...
Belle Starr--and Her Times
Photo, portrait, and biographical article about Belle Starr (ca. 1848-1889), a woman outlaw in Old West Missouri "called the feminine Jesse James." Born in Carthage, Missouri as Myra Belle Shirley and...
Biographical article about W. D. Fossett, or Bill Fossett (1851-1940), "a frontiersman, pioneer, detective and marshal" in "Old West" Kansas and Oklahoma (then Indian Territory). Native of New York moving...
Bloody Bill, Noted Guerrilla of the Civil War
Biographical article about William T. "Bloody Bill" Anderson, or Bloody Bill Anderson, outlaw and Confederate guerrilla leader of Bushwhackers in the Civil War, responsible for many war crime atrocities,...
Bloody Bill, Noted Guerrilla of the Civil War: Anderson Was Picturesque Leader of Bushwhackers in War on the Border
Description of Maurice Roberts, "chairman of the board of police commissioners of St. Louis, Missouri" and later "chief counsel for the Frisco railroad," involved in the arrangements of the funeral for...
Calamity Jane Was Lady Wildcat from Missouri
Photo and biographical article about Calamity Jane (ca. 1856-1903), an Old West outlaw born in Princeton, Missouri as Martha Jane Canary.
Captain Dick Yeager, Guerrilla, Part II
Biographical article about Richard Yeager, or Dick Yeager, a Confederate officer and Bushwhacker with William Quantrill in western Missouri being mortally wounded in 1863 (dying that year or the next)...
Chalk Level Shoot-Out: The Youngers Vs. The Pinkertons
Article details a gunfight pitting John and Jim Younger against a posse comprised of Pinkerton agents. John Younger was killed in the fight, which took place in St. Clair County between Monegaw Springs...
Cole Younger Probably Lived There
Photo (of the house) and biographical article about Cole Younger, a Kansas City area outlaw "probably" growing up at his father's house (built about 1853 and still standing) south of Lee's Summit, Missouri....
Collecting American Outlaws
Wilbur Zink collects items once owned by outlaws, particularly the Younger and James brothers. Some of the treasures include Jim Younger's violin and 25 letters from Frank James to his wife Anna, written...
Cowtown Chronicles: "The Most Daring, Desperate Robbery Ever Known. .."
Photo and biographical article about the James Gang (Frank and Jesse James, Bob Younger, et al.) and their daylight robbery of the First National Bank of Kansas City during the Kansas City Exposition of...
Article spotlights infamous crimes and outlaws in Missouri in the 1930s, including the Young Brothers Massacre (Springfield, MO), the Bonnie (Parker) and Clyde (Darrow) crime spree, the Kansas City Massacre,...
Early Life of Quantrill in Kansas
Biographical article about William Quantrill and his early life in Kansas Territory starting in 1857, arriving then from Ohio as a teacher "on the Marais des Cygnes" River. Description of his theft of...
Even the Mother of the Missouri Kid Admitted He Was 'Always a Bad Boy'
Article describes a 1902 bank robbery in Union, Missouri carried out by William Rudolph and George Collins and the eventual murder of Pinkerton agent, Charles J. Schumacher. Details concerning Rudolph's...
General Jo Shelby and Johnny Ringo
Photo (of General Shelby) and biographical article about General Joseph Shelby and Johnny Ringo, soldiers "in the Missouri Raid of 1864, fought in the Battle of Westport." Shelby described as a Confederate...
Good Bye, Jesse!
Reprint of the article from the April 4, 1882 issue of the Kansas City Daily Journal about the death of Jesse James, reviewing his life, with a portrait of him on the cover.
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