Few things capture our imaginations like true stories from the Old West. Throw religion into the mix, and you have the stuff of enduring legends. Mormons are known for honesty, integrity, morality, love of country, love of God, and love of fellowman—hardly the qualities one normally associates with outlaws. So it comes as a sort of shock to some that among the rough-riding, horse-stealing, cattle-rustling, bank- robbing, gun-slinging outlaws of the Old West were a fair number of Mormons. In this entertaining volume you’ll get to know quite a few of these desperado Mormons. Some are household names—like Butch Cassidy. Others you may be meeting for the first time. You’ll find out who’s who and what they did and where they hid. You’ll even get a peek at the Mormon lawmen who dedicated their lives to pursuing the Mormon outlaws.
Listened to this book on CD. Although the subject was interesting I found that the author repeated herself many times throughout the book, telling the same story several times. At times the story was overly sensational. The reader also made mistakes in citing locations. I couldn't tell whether this was the way the text read or not. I would be interested to read the bibliography to see what was actually supported and what was just rumored tales. I don't want to be mean, but I felt like I was listening to a 9th grader's literary project.
What an amazingly fascinating book!
So who are these Mormon Outlaws?
Orrin Porter Rockwell was sometimes the law, and sometimes an outlaw.
Robert LeRoy Parker joined the cattle rustlers and became the well-know Butch Cassidy; and twenty of the sixty in his gang of bandits were Mormons.
Willard Erastus Christianson, while walking home from a Church dance whacked a rival on the head with a rock and feared he had killed the guy so he ran away from home and became the outlaw, Matt Warner or "The Mormon Kid."
John Tomas McCarty was raised a Mormon. He later married Matt Warner's sister and mentored Matt in the ways of crime. "On March 30, 1889, Tom joined his two buddies -- Matt Warner and Butch Cassidy-- in pulling off one of the largest bank robberies of the day!
Learn about these men and more who were considered Mormon Outlaws.
Learn about the legendary Outlaw Trail and some of the most famous outlaw hideouts.
Grab a copy of this book then sit back and enjoy the tales of the
Wild West and the ways of the outlaws.
A VERY FASCINATING READ!