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In Broad Daylight by Harry N. MacLean
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Jul 07, 2010

really liked it

A case study of the vigilante style death of Ken McElroy in 1981 in Skidmore, Missouri. - library catalog description

Wow! Intersting, true story...frustrating too. Not a very positive commentary on our judicial system.

Review from Publisher's Weekly:
Ken Rex McElroy terrorized the residents of several counties in northwestern Missouri for a score of years. He raped young girls and brutalized them after they went to live with him or even married him; he shot at least two men; he stole cattle and hogs, and burned down the houses of some who interfered with his criminal activities. Thanks to the expert efforts of his lawyer and the pro-defendant bias of state laws, he served no more than a few days in jail, the author shows. In 1981, sentenced for the shooting of a popular grocer and free on bail, he was killed by the men of Skidmore, the center of his felonies; they closed ranks against all attempts to identify those who had pulled the triggers. Written by a first-time author, this is an engrossing, credible examination of the way vigilante action can take over when the law appears to be powerless.
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