— GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER — A gunshot echoed through the streets of Charleston, Arizona Territory, on an early Friday afternoon, killing W.P. Schneider, chief engineer of the nearby Corbin Mill & Mining Co.


Before the January 14, 1881, shooting in the rugged mill town southeast of Tombstone, Schneider and a young man identified as Johnny-Behind-the-Deuce exchanged angry words at a saloon during the lunch hour.

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— SUMMER OF VIOLENCE — Flickering candlelight danced across the faces of the three men playing poker in the military barracks at Prescott in Arizona Territory. But one cavalryman decided he had enough of losing. 

John Allman kicked back the chair and stood up, his hand already filled with his Colt revolver. He fired twice. Two army sergeants slumped to the floor dead.

Allman scraped up […]

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Tom Ricketts

 — HIS FIRST AND LAST HOLD-UP — Two gunmen on horseback stormed out of a grove of trees near Muddy Station in Carbon County, Wyoming, and ordered stagecoach whip Abraham Coon to rein his team to a stop.

The two men wore dark suits and heavy overcoats on a cold and windy Sunday afternoon in late December 1889.

The stagecoach carried one passenger, a man named Allen.

According […]

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— BLOODY DODGE CITY SHOWDOWNS — In the spring of 1878, City Marshal Edward J. Masterson and Deputy Nat Haywood walked into the Lady Gay saloon and spotted several cowboys at the bar celebrating. One of them—Jack Wagner—carried a pistol, a direct violation of the city’s gun ordinance.


Rather than make a scene, Masterson quietly disarmed Wagner, handed the gun to Wagner’s boss—A.M. Walker—and then left.

Walker, who […]

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