By Robert K. DeArment
Wyatt Earp, Billy the child, document Holliday—such are the mythical names that come to mind once we think about the western gunfighter. yet within the American West of the past due 19th and early 20th centuries, hundreds of thousands of grassroots gunfighters straddled either side of the legislations with no hesitation. Deadly Dozen tells the tale of twelve notorious gunfighters, feared of their personal occasions yet nearly forgotten today.
Now, famous historian Robert okay. DeArment has compiled the tales of those imprecise males. DeArment, a life-long pupil of legislations and lawlessness within the West, has combed courtroom documents, frontier newspapers, and different references to craft twelve entire biographical graphics. The mixed tales of Deadly Dozen supply a radical inspect the lives of enforcing figures who of their personal methods formed the mythical outdated West.
More than a collective biography of risky gunfighters, Deadly Dozen also services as a social background of the gunfighter tradition of the post-Civil struggle 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 writer—brings those figures from the previous West to life.
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 okay. DeArment reviews in Deadly Dozen: Twelve Forgotten Gunfighters of the outdated West.
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50 Desmond was forty-seven years old when he tangled with Jack Williams, a much younger man, and he paid dearly for rashly ignoring the age discrepancy. The fight, triggered by some minor disagreement, quickly escalated on the night of July 18 from epithet to assault. Desmond and Williams broke beer bottles over each other’s heads as onlookers urged them on and placed bets on the outcome. Eva Desmond was present, and when she saw her husband getting the worst of the battle, she rushed forward and thrust a pistol into his hand.
Desmond has been wronged. We call upon all good independents to unite and nominate Mr. Desmond for mayor of South Pueblo. We need a change. We believe a good independent democratic ticket with Mr. Desmond at the head would give satisfaction to all liberal democrats as well as republicans. ”31 Desmond never ran for mayor, nor did his bruised ego ever quite heal after his abrupt dismissal as city marshal. His drinking increased markedly, and he engaged in a number of saloon brawls. On April 18, a month after his firing, he and some of his supporters, being “inclined to pugnacity,” as the Chieftain put it rather gently, set out to “make things disagreeable for the powers that be.
Desmond, easily offended by critical press, rushed back to Ogden, hired lawyer L. R. 52 He also seemed determined to settle a long smoldering account with a former employee named Thomas S. Todd. A Missourian in his late thirties, Todd had worked as a telephone lineman in Pueblo, but since “work and he did not agree,” as one paper noted,53 he spent most of his time in saloons tending bar or dealing at the gambling tables. He got in trouble in Pueblo when he took a shot at Bert Reynolds, proprietor of a variety theater, and spent some time in jail.