By Paul Iselin Wellman
The prepared gangs of robbers and killers who roamed the Midwest and Southwest from the 1860s to the Nineteen Thirties went to a similar university and have been succored by means of each one other's notoriety. So Paul I. Wellman makes a case for "the contagious nature of crime." William Quantrill and his guerrillas tested a felony culture that was once to hyperlink the James, Dalton, Doolin, Jennings, and prepare dinner gangs; Belle and Henry Starr; beautiful Boy Floyd; and others in "a lengthy and crooked educate of unbroken own connections."
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There were other bandits, some very notorious, each with a story. But here I have contented myself with the persons who succeeded each other in a single unbroken chain, because they illustrate a pertinent factthe contagious nature of crimeand form a vivid page in our national history. In the more than forty years I have been interested in this phase Page 15 of the American scene, and especially in the twenty years since I first thought of putting it into book form, I have traveled much, visited most of the important places where the events I have described took place, and interviewed many persons for information, besides studying all available records and writings.
O. Lyle, of the Wichita, Kansas, police force, who out of sheer interest and with no thought of compensation made for me many vital inquiries which were of great value to this book. Many others made contributions, including the late John Patrick Gilday, of Kansas City, Missouri, on the era of Missouri banditry; Ralph S. , of Wichita, Kansas, on the Adams Callahan Midwest brigands; Gene Campbell, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on the later Oklahoma bandits; Kirke Mechem, of the Kansas State Historical Society, who over the years has made available to me the vast records and publications of that fine organization; and not the least, Betty Wood Vedder, who proofread and typed the manuscript with care and intelligence and made some suggestions of importance in improving it technically.
Not only was he bad but he infected others with the virus of his badness. 4 Connelley inherited the Lawrence bitterness and frequently is not specific in his evidence, relying on that phrase "it is said," or variations of it, in his desire to portray the guerrilla chief as a super demon. In some particulars he discredits himself by his evident bitterness, his extreme statements, and his denunciations of all who disagree with him. Some of his material must be accepted with caution. Nevertheless, Quantrill and the Border Wars is the best researched of all the Quantrill books, and though completely prejudiced it furnishes some of the best source material.
A dynasty of western outlaws by Paul Iselin Wellman