By Robert K. DeArment
Wyatt Earp, Billy the child, document Holliday-such are the mythical names that come to mind after we contemplate the western gunfighter. yet within the American West of the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of grassroots gunfighters straddled either side of the legislations with out hesitation. Deadly Dozen tells the tale of twelve notorious gunfighters, feared of their personal instances yet virtually forgotten this day. Now, famous historian Robert okay. DeArment has compiled the tales of those vague males. DeArment, a life-long scholar of legislations and lawlessness within the West, has combed court docket files, frontier newspapers, and different references to craft twelve entire biographical pics. The mixed tales of Deadly Dozen supply a radical look at the lives of enforcing figures who of their personal methods formed the mythical outdated West. greater than a collective biography of harmful gunfighters, Deadly Dozen additionally capabilities as a social background of the gunfighter tradition of the post-Civil warfare frontier West. As Walter Noble Burns did for Billy the child in 1926 and Stuart N. Lake for Wyatt Earp in 1931, DeArment-himself a skilled author- brings those figures from the previous West to lifestyles. John Bull, Pat Desmond, Mart Duggan, Milt Yarberry, Dan Tucker, George Goodell, invoice Standifer, Charley Perry, Barney Riggs, Dan Bogan, Dave Kemp, and Jeff Kidder are the twelve risky males that Robert ok. DeArment stories in Deadly Dozen: Twelve Forgotten Gunfighters of the previous West.