Outlaw Tales of Utah True Stories Of The Beehive State's Most Infamous Crooks, Culprits, And Cutthroats

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-01-11
  • Publisher: TwoDot
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Massacres, mayhem, and mischief fill the pages of Outlaw Tales of Utah, 2nd Edition. Ride with horse thieves and cattle rustlers, stagecoach, and train robbers. Duck the bullets of murderers, plot strategies with con artists, hiss at lawmen turned outlaws. A refreshing new perspective on some of the most infamous reprobates of the Midwest.

Author Biography

Michael Rutter is a freelance writer who lives in Orem, Utah, with his wife, Shari, and two children. He is the author of more than 35 books. When not traveling or writing, he teaches English at Brigham Young University. His passion is the American West.


From "The Castle Gate Payroll Robbery"
As Butch Cassidy grabbed the reins of his horse, Mr. E. L. Carpenter ran up the stairs yelling "Robbers! Robbers!" Someone fired a rifle. The sound of the report, the commotion that yelling "Robbers" created, and the loitering miners all around made Butch's normally well-trained horse nervous. When Butch tossed another moneybag over his horse's head to Elzy Lay, the horse spooked, pulled away, and bolted.
For a moment, Butch looked after his mount. There he was, alone, horseless and stunned, with his gun holstered and a large bag of Castle Gate gold in one hand. He ran for his frightened mount. Quick-thinking Elzy headed off the mare and after several futile tries, managed to grab the reins and bring the gray, named Babe, back to Butch. Butch snatched the reins and, still holding the heavy bag of gold in one hand, managed to mount the tall, bareback horse. Babe reared up several times. Elzy spurred his horse and Babe followed him down the narrow way.

From "Isom Dart"
Perhaps it takes an outlaw to catch an outlaw. No one is sure how Deputy Sheriff Joe Philbrick got the drop on the wily Dart, but he did. Likely, Isom was on his own turf and had his guard down. No lawman had dared come into the Hole before. Dart couldn't argue with Deputy Joe's Colt six-gun. Joe tied Dart up, put him in his buckboard, and headed back to Rock Springs.
A day out of town, on a steep section of rough road, the wagon slid off the track and tumbled down the gully. Dart managed to jump free as the buckboard flipped. The deputy wasn't so lucky. Joe Philbrick was seriously hurt in the accident and pinned under the buckboard. Isom managed to free his tied hands and pry the wagon off the injured man with a pole. He drug Joe free and tended to the man's injuries to the best of his abilities, but he knew that Philbrick needed more help than he could give him. Nearly killing the poor horses, he got Joe to the Rock Springs doctor. Then he stopped, had a stiff drink, and turned himself in to the Rock Springs sheriff.

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