“LAME JOHNNY’S LAST HEIST”

Buffalo Gap

— AMBUSH AT CANYON SPRINGS —  Five gunmen hid inside the relay station at Canyon Springs, about 35 miles southwest of Deadwood, awaiting the arrival of the Monitor, an armored stagecoach known for transporting large quantities of precious metals.

The Monitor, owned by the Homestake Mine in the Black Hills, was specially constructed, lined with iron plating, and modified to accommodate portholes for guns. Officials had built the treasure box into the […]

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“THE GUN DOWN”

The Gun Down

 — AMBUSH IN EL PASO — On a hot summer night in August 1895, Constable John Selman Sr. walked through the doors of the dimly-lighted Acme Saloon in El Paso, Texas, looking angry and determined.

He looked around, spotted the man he and his son had argued with earlier in the day, and slipped the Colt .45 Peacemaker from his holster. The room fell silent. 

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“A MAN OF VIOLENCE”

— STONE-COLD SHOOTIST — On a cold October night in 1870, gunman Clay Allison sat inside Herberger’s Saloon in Elizabethtown, New Mexico, having a drink with David Crockett, nephew of frontiersman Davy Crockett. Minutes later, a woman stumbled through the doors, her ice-cold skin bloodied and covered with bruises.

The woman, almost incoherent with fear, babbled about escaping from a dilapidated cabin where she lived with her husband, Charles Kennedy, […]

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STORYTELLER’S 7: STEVEN W. KOHLHAGEN, CON ARTISTS OF THE FRONTIER

Author, Steven Kohlhagen

Someone once advised Steven W. Kohlhagen to “Do good work and lots of it.” He responded by focusing on creating compelling fictional characters in historical fiction murder mysteries.

Steven’s award-winning novel, Where They Bury You, is an 1860s historical fiction mystery based on an actual murder and features a cast of interesting characters, including con artists – some historical, some fictional – during their poker games, scams, love affairs, and bank robberies,.

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