Massacres, mayhem, and mischief fill the pages of Outlaw Tales of Alaska. Pan for gold with dry gulchers and claim jumpers. Duck the bullets of murderers, plot strategies with con artists, hiss at lawmen turned outlaws. A refreshing new perspective on some of the most infamous reprobates of the Last Frontier. From Unimak Island to Fairbanks, and beyond, the Last Frontier was populated by characters as tough and as dangerous as any in the lower forty-eight. Take the legendary Blue Parka Bandit--whose generosity earned him Robin Hood status among some, and whose flair for escapes kept folks on edge even after his arrest. Or Fred Hardy who, in 1902, achieved the dubious distinction of being the first convicted murderer hung by the feds in the Territory of Alaska. That's not to mention "Kultuk," whose murderous exploits spread fear through the hearts of trappers in his rugged domain.
John W. Heaton is an associate professor of history at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. The author of The Shoshone Bannocks: Culture and Commerce at Fort Hall, 1870-1940, he lives in Fairbanks.