From Dodge City to Abilene and beyond, Kansas in its early years was one fine place for outlaws, and one of the most violent places in America’s history. Consider the exploits of Jesse James—a sociopathic killer or a Robin Hood who redistributed Union wealth? Or those of Big Nose Kate, whose true identity was much nobler than her reputation as Doc Holliday’s longtime companion. That’s not to mention the dangerous inmate who became the learned Bird Man of Kansas—a renowned canary expert whose life story became a hit film.
All this and more is yours for the reading in Outlaw Tales of Kansas, which introduces fifteen of the most dramatic events, and the most daring and despicable desperados, in the history of the Sunflower State.
Sarah Smarsh is a freelance writer and fifth-generation Kansan. She is a fellow of the Center for Kansas Studies and the author of It Happened in Kansas (Globe Pequot). She currently lives in northeast Kansas.
Robert Barr Smith is a law professor at the University of Oklahoma and a retired colonel, US Army. He is the author or co-author of seventeen books and more than a hundred magazine articles, primarily in military and western history. Smith lives in the Ozark Hills of southern Missouri and is a frequent lecturer on the West.