Tales of Badmen, Bad Women, and Bad Places

Tales of Badmen, Bad Women, and Bad Places

Four Centuries of Texas Outlawry

Book - 1999
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A badman is not necessarily a bad man, but he is not a man to mess with. He might be a killer, a con artist, or even a Texas Ranger with his own ideas about law enforcement; or he might just be "wuthless." A bad woman might be a criminal too, or she might just be one who didn’t conform to accepted notions of womanly conduct in her time and place. C. F. Eckhardt tells the stories your teacher never told you about Texas outlaws. Some are famous, and some you may never have heard of. All of them are out for their share of the good life in Texas. Combining history with lively storytelling, Eckhardt adds new details to our knowledge of such figures as Judge Roy Bean, John Wesley Hardin, and Bonnie and Clyde, and introduces us to others previously known only in their own neighborhoods: the murderous Yokums of the Big Thicket, the feuding madams of El Paso’s brothel district, and the tragic Papworths of Erath County. From ?The Ballad of Sam Bass” [picture] This picture is the only authenticated photograph of Sam Bass as an adult. Unfortunately, there are three men in the picture. and while we know one of ’em is Sam, we don’t know for sure which one. ?People who know” have identified the three figures as, from left to right, Frank Jackson, Sam Bass, and Joel Collins. And Sam Bass, Joel Collins, and unidentified (sometimes tentatively identified as Jim Murphy). Considering that we know for sure Jackson was only seventeen two years after the picture was taken, if the feller on the left is, in fact, Frank Jackson, he raised a whopper of a mustache for a kid of fifteen.


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Famous figures such as Judge Roy Bean, John Wesley Hardin, and Bonnie and Clyde join others known only in their own neighborhood, such as the murderous Yokums of the Big Thicket, the feuding madams of El Paso's brothel district, and the tragic Papworths of Erath County. Eckhardt is a historian specializing in Texas history and legends, and turns his research into entertaining tales. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Lubbock, TX : Texas Tech University Press, c1999
ISBN: 9780896724129
0896724123
9780896724204
0896724204
Branch Call Number: TEX 920 ECK
Characteristics: 224 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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