THE CISCO HEIST

TRAIN ROBBER BRACK CORNETT

— DARING ROBBERIES NET THOUSANDS BUT GREED DOOMS OUTLAW GANG — On a cold Wednesday morning, mid-February 1888, a man walked into the Bank of Cisco, Texas, just before closing time and asked for change. Before cashier C.C. Leveaux could fulfill the request, he looked up and saw three more men hurry through the door, guns drawn.

The Bill Whitley Gang—sometimes called the Brack Cornett Gang—walked out the door with around $9,000 in […]

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THE AVENGING RANGER

AVENGING RANGER

— A FORMER LAWMAN WHO SHOWED NO MERCY — In the spring of 1875, Texas Ranger Scott Cooley broke down in tears when news arrived that a brutal mob near Mason, Texas, gunned down the man who informally adopted him.

After grieving over the loss of his mentor, Cooley wiped away the tears and vowed revenge.

Cooley, born in Oklahoma, found himself orphaned in his early teens and met rancher Tim Williamson during a […]

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THE MAVERICK DETECTIVE

Detective Charles Siringo

— HE RODE THE WEST AS LAWMAN, DETECTIVE, MERCHANT, AND AUTHOR — Gunman Charles L. Carter, the newest member of Butch Cassidy’s notorious Train Robbers Syndicate of his Wild Bunch Gang, kept to himself most of the time and resisted forming any strong friendships.

As far as anyone knew, Carter joined the gang while on the run from a murder charge. But Carter wasn’t his real name.

The alias belong to Pinkerton detective Charles […]

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AUTHOR JOHN D. MAC DONALD

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The importance of a book title never consciously struck me until a picked up a copy of a book by novelist John D. MacDonald.

The Dreadful Lemon Sky, featuring his popular main character Travis McGee always struck me as an intriguing blend of foreboding dabbed with a splash of color.

At the time, I didn’t know a thing about MacDonald, but the title demanded my attention.

The entire 21-volume series of McGee stories include […]

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