Back when the west truly was wild, Indian Territory “later dubbed Oklahoma, of course “ was home to a number of ne’er-do-wells, whether residents or just temporary passersby. Edited by Robert Barr Smith, this book profiles 100 of them and their lawmen pursuers, many of whom remain household names.
Inside, you’ll find short biographical essays on the likes of Billy the Kid, Machine Gun Kelly, Pretty Boy Floyd, Arkansas Tom and other bad guys with cool nicknames, with a focus on their activities within our borders. On the right side of the law are such guys as deputy U.S. marshals William Tilghman and Christ Madsen. The more interesting chapters deal with Bonnie and Clyde, as well as female villains like Belle Starr, Poker Alice, Cattle Annie and Little Britches.
With so many footnotes, “100 Oklahoma Outlaws” is more of a reference work than a leisurely read, of interest most “ obviously “ to Sooner State history buffs.