— THE SALOON SHOOTOUT — The bad blood between former Pinal County, Arizona, Sheriff John Peter Gabriel and his one-time deputy, Josephus Phy, bubbled over on the last day of May 1888 when they traded angry words at John Keating’s Tunnel Saloon in the mining boomtown of Florence.
The tension between the two seasoned law officers had been building for a couple of years.
Gabriel won the sheriff’s post in 1883 and hired the […]
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— THE ADVENTURES OF PEARL HART — On the afternoon of May 30, 1899, two bandits waited in hiding for the Benson-Globe express stagecoach, one of the few stage lines still covering the remote regions of Arizona Territory, in light of the emerging popularity of the railroad as the preferred means of transportation.
When the coach reached a watering point near Cane Springs Canyon, a lady bandit by the name of Pearl […]
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Ed McBain, who considered himself a cinematic writer, once told an interviewer, “You just touch on things. You don’t go ’round the room describing the furniture.”
McBain never wasted words. He used them with economy—but packed with emotional impact.
An advocate of blunt prose, laced with realism, his unique and muscular style stood apart from other crime writers.
He felt no one existed from whom he could learn anything about writing police procedures. […]
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— AND TO DIE BY THE GUN —
Storekeeper E.H. Townsend and his family worked from sunup to sundown stocking shelves and scrubbing the place clean. They prepared to call it a day when the door opened and three men walked into the Blaine County general store in Todd, Oklahoma.
Townsend, who also served as Todd’s postmaster, didn’t recognize the men. He smiled and extended a warm greeting but all […]
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