“THE MAN WITH THE SQUEAKY VOICE”

CANADA BILL JONES

— FLEECING THE WEALTHY — “Suckers have no business with money, anyhow,” said Canada Bill Jones, one of the most capable card sharps in history. 

Born in Yorkshire, England, in the early 1800s, Jones immigrated to Canada when he was about twenty.

In Canada, he mastered three-card monte, which is more of a scam or swindle than a game.

After several years of fleecing suckers in Canada, he […]

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“SHOW ME THE MONEY”

Credit Mobilier Scandal

— THE ROBBER BARONS — Money and influence rank as the power sources behind most stories involving political scandal. This was never more evident than during what many consider the greatest scandal of 19th century America.

At the heart of the scandal was Crédit Mobilier, a dummy construction company created by executives and directors of the Union Pacific Railroad in the late 1860s.

The purpose behind the scam […]

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“THE CAPTURE OF GERNONIMO”

CAPTURING GERONIMO

— LEADER TAKEN WITHOUT GUNPLAY — After a three-week journey of nearly 400 miles, a determined young Indian agent and his Apache police force stood poised to capture the great Indian warrior Geronimo at the Ojo Caliente Reservation in northern New Mexico Territory.

John P. Clum arrived at the reservation in late April 1877. Under cover of darkness, he ordered one-hundred of the Apache police to hide inside the […]

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“THE RAID AT CASTLE GATE”

CASTLE GATE, UTAH

— DARING RAILROAD ROBBERY  — Two men sat on a bench at the train station in Castle Gate, Utah, once again awaiting the arrival of the Denver & Rio Grande Western. When the train pulled in on April 21, 1897, the engineer activated a loud steam whistle. The two men exchanged smiles when they heard the blast.

 

Butch Cassidy and Elza Lay had dropped by the station every […]

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