Shot All to Hell: Bad Ass Outlaws, Gunfighters, and Law Men of the Old West

Shot All to Hell Bad Ass Outlaws Gunfighters and Law Men of the Old West For over years the image of western bad men has thrilled readers and filled movie screens Who hasn t heard of Jesse James the Dalton Brothers Black Bart or Belle Starr They are as much a part o

  • Title: Shot All to Hell: Bad Ass Outlaws, Gunfighters, and Law Men of the Old West
  • Author: Nick Vulich
  • ISBN: 9781533620651
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
  • For over 150 years the image of western bad men has thrilled readers and filled movie screens Who hasn t heard of Jesse James, the Dalton Brothers, Black Bart, or Belle Starr They are as much a part of American folklore as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.There s something about the west that has brought out the best, and the worst in mankind TFor over 150 years the image of western bad men has thrilled readers and filled movie screens Who hasn t heard of Jesse James, the Dalton Brothers, Black Bart, or Belle Starr They are as much a part of American folklore as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.There s something about the west that has brought out the best, and the worst in mankind The funny thing is, a cult following has developed around many of these bandits, making them out to be something they weren t.The legend that grew up around Joaquin Murrieta was that he was just a normal guy who moved from Mexico to California, and tried to strike it rich during the gold rush What he discovered instead, was a big sign that read, No Mexicans Allowed His supporters say, that because of the Foreign Claim Tax, he was forced off his land, and into a life of outlawry And, then to support that claim, a whole legend has been built up, about how he stole from the rich, and shared his wealth with poor Mexican families The only problem is the facts don t support that interpretation.The same stories developed around Jesse James Legend has it, Jesse only stole from rich bankers and railroad men, and the reason he could disappear into thin air after pulling a bank job or train robbery was because he shared the booty with poor Missouri families As with Murrieta, that probably never happened Jesse James was a thief He stole money wherever he could get his hands on it He robbed stagecoaches, banks, trains, and you name it.And, last, but not least, there s Belle Starr, one of the most badass female robbers on record Belle called her pistols her babies, and ruled an outlaw kingdom based out of her home in Indian Territory She lived by the gun, and she died by the gun.The outlaw life was almost always portrayed as a glamorous life, filled with loose women, blazing guns, and saddlebags overflowing with gold, silver, and greenbacks.What a life The only thing is, all the movies, books, and TV shows painted a distorted portrait of life in the old west James Dodsworth lived the outlaw life for six weeks while riding as a spy with the Doolin Dalton Gang He said the gang was constantly on the move They rarely spent than one night in any one place Dalton and Doolin, both worried they d end up like Jesse James shot in the back.At night, the gang always posted at least one man on watch duty The rest of the gang slept with Winchesters by their sides, and pistols under their heads Every one of them were ready to spring into action at a moment s notice.And, as for those saddlebags overflowing with riches, often than not, they were like a Charlie Brown Halloween special filled with rocks rather than gold.Sometimes the gang would cut off the wrong car during a train robbery, and end up riding away empty handed Sometimes a posse would chase them off a little too soon, before they could grab their booty Other times, it was slim pickings, and there was nothing to take.The first train job the Dalton Gang pulled went totally awry The Express man got away before they could convince him to open the safe, and in their haste to rob the Atlantic Express the boys forgot to bring dynamite to blow the safe Black Jack Ketchum, and his gang, made off with 100,000 in unsigned bank notes Pearl Hart s fame rests upon a single stage coach robbery that netted her under 500, and several years in the caboose after she was captured.The sad truth is most outlaws led a short life that ended, either at the end of a rope, or with a bullet in the brain Only a lucky few survived into the new century Frank James, Cole Younger, and Emmett Dalton, to name a few.

    One thought on “Shot All to Hell: Bad Ass Outlaws, Gunfighters, and Law Men of the Old West”

    1. 3.5 starsThis was a pretty good account of the most well known of the old west gunslingers. You get Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, The James Gang, Belle Starr and many more. I have recently been watching "The American West" on AMC and it made me want to read some non-fiction of the era.The stories on each character are pretty basic with just a few pages devoted to each. It focused on the more interesting parts, but to me it still seemed like a large collection of facts and dates and seemed a little [...]

    2. For over 150 years the image of western bad men has thrilled readers and filled movie screens. Who hasn’t heard of Jesse James, the Dalton Brothers, Black Bart, or Belle Starr? They are as much a part of American folklore as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. There’s something about the west that has brought out the best, and the worst in mankind. The funny thing is, a cult following has developed around many of these bandits, making them out to be something they wer [...]

    3. walked into this just to see if i ever herd of black bart, belle starr, joaquin murrieta, sam bass, luke short, john hardin. skipped western gunfighters, jesse james and the younger gang, dalton and doolin dalton gang, tom ketchum, butch cassidy and the sundance kid, billy the kid, dan clifton, pearl hart. only read half the book before my headache made me completly loss interest. it was free, more a quick facts essay then a story and not interestingly written, though black bart was kind of funn [...]

    4. Short and directThis is a different read Short! To the point direct. Bang, bang, bang. Does reflect the directness and rawness of the times and shows the actual facts versus the myths

    5. Easy read Down to earth talk. Sounds like real western talk. He just tells a story that you enjoy reading. Just a good ole boy telling a good ole take.

    6. Long on factsLong on facts but not a story. Kept talking about the same people in multiple places. Not what I expected.

    7. Good readI enjoyed the accounts of the short stories in the book. I also enjoyed the account of the OK Corral from the local newspaper listing of the time.

    8. Good read.Well written fast read and entertaining.I highly enjoyed this book and recommend it to all. You will enjoy it.

    9. A healthy dose of historyFor me this was a walk down memory lane. The men, who lived by the gun and died by the gun, have taken on a bigger than life persona. This book tries to separate the facts from the fictions. I know about all of the men mentioned in this book so there were no real big surprises in it for me. I was raised in Oklahoma so many of the places mentioned are known to me. Many people may not know of the Daltons, the Doolins, and the others but they are known in Oklahoma. Some of [...]

    10. You can't beat this book for variety of coverage of numerous outlaws, gunfighters, and law men as promised in the title. It's best as an introductory work because it's not a 'deep dive' into any of them but focuses on the deeds and actions. That being said, there are many in this volume that I'm already well familiar with, some I want to learn more about, and a few I did not particularly know about. There are some very funny phases and pointed observations that I enjoyed and I bet any reader wil [...]

    11. This book was a good overview of these Old West characters. It would be nice to have more info on each of these characters, but it would be impossible to include all the details on all of them in one book.

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