TROUBLE IN MEDICINE LODGE

MARSHAL BROWN, GANG LEADER

— TWO DIE IN BUNGLED BANK HEIST — In the early morning of April 30, 1884, four men rode along the rain-soaked streets of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, but no one paid much attention because a heavy storm kept most folks inside.

The group, which included well-respected Caldwell, Kansas, Marshal Henry Newton Brown, hitched their horses to a coal shed and headed for the front door of the Medicine Valley Bank.

Inside the bank, […]

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THE PAYBACK

US DEPUTY MARSHAL BOB OLINGER

— A SADISTIC AND CRUEL LAWMAN — In late morning, April 28, 1881, Deputy U.S. Marshal Bob Olinger sat back in the chair outside the cell on the top floor of the Lincoln County, New Mexico, courthouse. Flashing a sardonic smile, he aimed his ten-gauge double-barreled shotgun loaded with eighteen buckshot in each barrel at the prisoner known as Billy the Kid.

Sheriff Pat Garrett and his posse, several months before, captured the […]

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FRONTIER HIT MAN

Red Buck Wieghtman

— AN APPETITE FOR RUTHLESSNESS — Two men stood alone in the shadows outside a boarding house. Neither spoke. One of them handed several folded greenbacks to the other and left. Red Buck Weightman didn’t bother to count the money. Anyone who dared cheat him would end up dead.

George “Red Buck” Weightman stuffed the money in his pocket, turned and walked into the shadows, richer by […]

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AUTHOR HORACE MC COY

Author Horace MCCoy

Novelist Horace Stanley McCoy wrote gritty, lurid stories revealing an authentic but dark side of American society.

McCoy is often ranked alongside hard-boiled crime fiction writers such as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler.

But, his novels don’t quite fit the classic definition of hardboiled.

Most of the main characters in McCoy’s novels aren’t private eyes. They don’t necessarily solve mysteries.

His protagonists tend to be tough, emotionally damaged, and sometimes beyond redemption.

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