Getting Away with Murder on the Texas Frontier: Notorious Killings and Celebrated Trials

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In 1916, in the tiny West Texas town of Benjamin, a gunman slips into a courtroom and murders the defendant. In 1912, in Fort Worth s finest hotel, a young man kills an old gentleman in cold blood in the middle of the lobby. The verdict in both of these murderers trials? Not guilty. The explanation? This is Texas. Laws passed by politicians in far-off Austin meant little to Westerners living on the Texas frontier. Sagebrush justice relied less on written statutes than on common sense, grass-roots fairness, and vague notions ...

Getting Away with Murder on the Texas Frontier: Notorious Killings and Celebrated Trials 2009, Texas Tech University Press

ISBN-13: 9780896726512

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Getting Away with Murder on the Texas Frontier: Notorious Killings and Celebrated Trials 2006, Texas Tech University Press

ISBN-13: 9780896725799

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