The Mack Marsden Murder Mystery: Vigilantism or Justice?

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The Mack Marsden Murder Mystery: Vigilantism or Justice?

Format:  Paperback,

262 pages

Edition: First Edition,

Publisher: Univ of Missouri Pr

Publish Date: Aug 2011

ISBN-13: 9781883982690

ISBN-10: 1883982693

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In the late nineteenth century, Jefferson County, Missouri, was striving to emulate its cosmopolitan cousin to the north, St. Louis, while it battled to wipe out the remnants of its frontier lawlessness. For over three years, Mack Marsden was suspected of every major crime in Jefferson County. Though the newspapers labeled him a desperado, he was tried only once and never convicted of any wrongdoing. So when he was ambushed, shotgunned, and left dying on a dusty road, his mystery took on a new life. Who murdered him? And if Mack wasn't behind all those crimes, who was? This narrative nonfiction book is a true mystery that bears striking parallels to that of fellow Missourian Jesse James--and is as thrilling as any of the more famous tales of the Old West.

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Publisher: Univ of Missouri Pr
Publish Date: Aug 2011
ISBN-13: 9781883982690
ISBN-10: 1883982693
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 262
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 0.9 x 8.9
Walmart No.: 9781883982690

Chapter outline

About the Authorp. vi
Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Who's Whop. xvi
Map of Jefferson Countyp. xvii
Map of Sandy Valleyp. viii
Death in the Dustp. 1
A Good Place to Raise a Familyp. 11
Dreamsp. 17
The Road, the Bridge, and the Manp. 23
A Visit from Johnp. 37
Arson to Cover a Murderp. 49
Midnight Ambushp. 59
Weaver Takes Overp. 65
The Shadow of Crimep. 73
The Other Side of the Familyp. 81
A Big Mistakep. 89
Eleven Fine White Hogsp. 97
Every Man for Himselfp. 105
They Want Mackp. 115
The Society Ridesp. 123
The Standoffp. 133
Tensions Risep. 141
Somebody's Lyingp. 147
The Meeting in the Yardp. 153
Dirty Dealingp. 159
Who Killed Vail?p. 169
Boiling the Soupp. 179
Don't Shoot, Boys!p. 185
Deathbed Testimonyp. 195
Let's Go, Motherp. 205
ANew Sheriff in Townp. 217
At Last, the Trialp. 227
Another Getawayp. 237
Epiloguep. 243
Sourcesp. 257
Indexp. 259

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In the late nineteenth century, Jefferson County, Missouri, was striving to emulate its cosmopolitan cousin to the north, St. Louis, while it battled to wipe out the remnants of its frontier lawlessness. The West was truly wild all the way back to the Mississippi River, and while progressive St. Louisans were installing telephones, the sheriff in Hillsboro was trying to find out who was stealing all of the pigs. One of the last of the bad men in Missouri was Mack Marsden.

For over three years he was suspected of every major crime in Jefferson County. Though the newspapers labeled him a desperado, he was tried only once and never convicted of any wrongdoing. When he was ambushed, shotgunned, and left dying on a dusty road, his life became even more mysterious. Who murdered him? And if Mack wasn't the desperado behind all those crimes, who was?

For the first time, all of the available resources, including oral histories, are mined for the clues that answer these questions and more. This narrative nonfiction book is a true mystery that bears striking parallels to the life of Missourian Jesse James--and is as thrilling as any of the more famous tales of the Old West.

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