DEACON OF DEATH

KILLER MILLER

— BIBLE-TOTING KILLER FOR HIRE — A long-running feud between Sheriff Bud Frazer and “Deacon Jim” Miller reached the boiling point when two stood face-to-face on a Pecos, Texas, street, April 12, 1894.

About a year after being elected Reeves County sheriff in 1890, Frazer hired J.B Miller as deputy about a year later—a decision he would later regret.

Most of the people in Pecos liked Miller.

He wore a badge, went to church […]

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A MAN OF RESULTS

LAWMAN DAVID J. COOK

The only light in the hotel hallway came from a small candle carried by a determined detective named David J. Cook. Accompanied by several others, Cook managed to slip undetected into the room of the gang leader they were hunting.

Asleep in the bed at the Overland House in Golden, Colorado, was Edward Franklin, one of the two men who ran the Musgrove-Franklin Gang.

He and his partner-in-crime, Lee H. Musgrove, […]

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SWIFT AND DEADLY JUSTICE

Swift & Deadly Justice

The two cattle rustlers sharing a cell in Shakespeare, New Mexico, wondered about all the commotion outside until an angry mob of masked men stormed into the jail and dragged them into the street.

In the dark, cold night of November 9, 1881, the mob escorted the surprised and confused prisoners to the Grant House stage station.

Inside, a vigilance committee transformed the dining room into a makeshift courtroom to put […]

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The Ghost of a Defiant Outlaw

Mob Lynches Gang Member

On the night of Nov. 23, 1868, Edward Franklin, one of the two men who headed the Musgrove-Franklin Gang, was asleep in his bed at the Overland House in Golden, Colorado.

A lawman, carrying a lighted candle, guided David Cook of the Rocky Mountain Detective Agency and several other officers along the darkened hotel hallway, where they managed to slip into Franklin’s hotel room without being detected.

Authorities had already apprehended L.H. Musgrove, the other […]

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