Author: Bill Neal

From Guns to Gavels
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978-0-896-72637-6 Cloth $29.95 10/1/2008

From Guns to Gavels

How Justice Grew Up in the Outlaw West

When a thirteen-year-old boy strikes out on his own in 1885, leaving his Civil War-ravaged Mississippi homeland for the wild Red River borderland between North Texas and Indian Territory, the American West is a land beyond the reach of the law. Crim...

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From Guns to Gavels
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978-0-896-72982-7 Paperback $18.95 9/15/2016

From Guns to Gavels

How Justice Grew Up in the Outlaw West

Our criminal justice system--and how it evolved on the frontier--is often overlooked in many histories of the West. In this volume, Bill Neal cleverly weaves detailed facts about actual isolated incidents into an adventure told through the drama of ...

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Getting Away with Murder on the Texas Frontier
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978-0-896-72651-2 Paperback $18.95 4/1/2009

Getting Away with Murder on the Texas Frontier

Notorious Killings and Celebrated Trials

In 1916, in the tiny West Texas town of Benjamin, a gunman slips into a courtroom and murders the defendant. In 1912, in Fort WorthÆs finest hotel, a young man kills an old gentleman in cold blood in the middle of the lobby. The verdict in both of t...

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Sex, Murder, and the Unwritten Law
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978-0-896-72662-8 Cloth $29.95 9/1/2009

Sex, Murder, and the Unwritten Law

Courting Judicial Mayhem Texas Style

From the 1880s until after World War I, Texas prosecutions for adultery, fornication, rape, seduction, and sodomy were many, but formal penal code seemed much too merciful to suit most southerners, who believed in direct and personal redress of such...

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Sex, Murder, and the Unwritten Law
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978-0-896-72981-0 Paperback $18.95 9/15/2016

Sex, Murder, and the Unwritten Law

Courting Judicial Mayhem, Texas Style

Wild West doesn't begin to describe the antics Bill Neal recounts in this well-researched volume. From the late 19th century and well into the 20th, it was not unusual in certain Texas murder cases to have a killer--whose guilt had been proven beyon...

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Skullduggery, Secrets, and Murders
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978-0-896-72917-9 Cloth $34.95 4/4/2015

Skullduggery, Secrets, and Murders

The 1894 Wells Fargo Scam That Backfired

In 1894, George Isaacs, the penniless black sheep of his family, was running with the worst of the outlaws in the Oklahoma Territory. There, a get-rich-quick scheme that seemed foolproof was hatched up. The plan was for George to present money packe...

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