“GANG BUSTER”

Rocky Mountain Det. Agency

— A MAN OF RESULTS — The only light in the hotel hallway came from a flicking candle carried by a determined detective named David J. Cook. Accompanied by several others, Cook managed to slip undetected into the room of sleeping gang leader, Edward Franklin.

Franklin, who lay fast asleep in his bed at the Overland House in Golden, Colorado, and partner-in-crime Lee H. Musgrove served as masterminds behind the […]

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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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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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