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Frontier Justice in the Wild West: Bungled, Bizarre, and Fascinating Executions
Frontier Justice highlightseighteen crimes and subsequent punishments of the most interesting, controversial, and unusual executions from an era when hangings and shootings were a legal means of capital punishment. Each action-packed chapter includes biographical information, the pursuit, the investigation, legal maneuvers, trial information, and rarely-seen photographs.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by TwoDot
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I bought this on vacation in Utah. I love books like this! Since they're non-fiction and full of historical detail I can pretend I'm actually learning something, when really it's just a way of satisfying my morbid interest in true crime. You definitely did not want to be a criminal in the wild west. (Hey, maybe this would make a great new title in the "You Wouldn't Want to be...." series!) You were lucky if you had a decent, organized hanging before the lynch mob showed up, dragged you from your ...more