By Paul Iselin Wellman
The prepared gangs of robbers and killers who roamed the Midwest and Southwest from the 1860s to the Nineteen Thirties went to a similar college and have been succored by means of every one other's notoriety. So Paul I. Wellman makes a case for "the contagious nature of crime." William Quantrill and his guerrillas confirmed a felony culture that used to be to hyperlink the James, Dalton, Doolin, Jennings, and cook dinner gangs; Belle and Henry Starr; lovely Boy Floyd; and others in "a lengthy and crooked teach of unbroken own connections."
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The defect in their scheme was in Quantrill himself. He was Page 28 interested in Morgan Walker's daughter, Anne (or Nannie or Nancy), who was living at her father's house at the time. Anne Walker was described as a "fine-looking" young woman, and she had been married to Dr. Riley Slaughter, a neighboring planter. She had, however, a wayward nature, and her husband one night caught her in bed with another doctor (unnamed). Dr. Slaughter would have killed his wife's lover, but the amorous and anonymous physician, with a celerity that might have put to shame a panic-stricken antelope, escaped.
Yet he strode ahead, knowing that some might disagree with his ''version of an instance here or an episode there in the long and complicated series of events" (p. 16) he explored in A Dynasty of Western Outlaws. A leading authority on the "Oklahombres" of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Glenn Shirley, has cited mistakes by Wellman (and others) on Belle Starr and Bill Tilghman, but Wellman's treatment of two foundation stones of his narrative has been largely confirmed by the principal experts: Richard S.
Here Jesse James, as a joke, addressed a political gathering after robbing a bank, June 3, 1871. Columbia, Kentucky. Here the James gang robbed a bank and killed R. A. C. Martin, the cashier, April 2,9, 1872. Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Here the James-Younger gang robbed a bank, May 23, 1873. They robbed banks also in Kentucky and West Virginia in this period. Council Bluffs, Iowa. Fifty miles east of here the James-Younger gang staged its first train robbery, wrecking the train and causing the death of Engineer John Rafferty, July 21, 1873.
A dynasty of western outlaws by Paul Iselin Wellman