“THE SNIPERS”

SHARPSHOOTERS

 — SHARPSHOOTERS IN BLUE AND GRAY — The young soldier blinked a couple of times to clear his vision, braced the rifle against his shoulder, and aimed at the distant target. He took a breath, held it, and squeezed the trigger. 

The challenge required the shooter to place ten consecutive shots in a circle ten inches in diameter from a distance of 100-yards, followed by another ten rounds at […]

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“STAINED WITH BLOOD”

TEENAGE GANG

— TWO WEEKS OF TERROR — Cradling his rifle, U.S. Marshal S. Morton Rutherford took a deep breath and swung open the door to the federal stockade in Muskogee. He stepped outside to face a large, angry, bloodthirsty mob poised to storm the jail and lynch members of the ruthless Rufus Buck Gang.

Rutherford tried to quiet the Saturday night crowd and told them although the prisoners’ hands were […]

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“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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