Bad in the Good Old Days

Bad in the Good Old Days

Bad in the Good Old Days

By Larry K. Brown

Bad in the Good Old Days contains stories about some of the most notorious, corrupt and complex criminals, men and women, in Old Wyoming and the West.

One thing that makes the stories particularly interesting is that the author received much of the information from the descendants of the criminals.

Read about:

  • Mary Lambe, who claimed her father-in-law led her to slaughter.
  • Joseph Seng, a prodigal, who played ball with the law until a noose took his life.
  • Charles Clark and Samuel Woodruff who made their match in hell.
  • Geneva Collett, whose madness claimed the life of her brother's fiancé.
  • Frank Keefe who was a sad soul cursed by "coffin varnish."
  • Charles and Hugh Whitney who ran loose as fugitives for forty years.
  • Charles Woodard who had a bad, bad thing happen one Good Friday.
  • Frank Howard whose life came to a close when he shot up the New Year.
  • Anna Richey whose murder may have been a relative matter.
  • Frank Keffer who swore he had no memory of murder.
  • James Candlish who shot a friend to stave off a blue-haired dog.
  • Carole Antone and Herman Barker who ran with the infamous Barker gang.
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Bad in the Good Old Days

Bad in the Good Old Days

By Larry K. Brown

"In this authoritative and engaging book, Larry K. Brown delivers a dozen grim and gritty tales of crime and punishment in the wicked west. And while the bad men Brown describes are very bad indeed, the women are worse—from the cheating wife who kills to the girl who marries into the Barker Gang."
•• Max McCoy, Award-winning author of Hellfire Canyon

"Wyoming held onto its frontier era longer than most. Larry K. Brown presents us a fascinating rogue’s gallery of murderers—and murderesses—of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries."
•• Elmer Kelton, Seven-time Winner of the Spur Award Voted all-time Best Western Writer

Larry K. Brown

Larry K. Brown

Larry K. Brown is the author of five books and many magazine articles. His interests in the fields of crime, women’s history, and the Old West have converged to become a writing specialty for him. His Petticoat Prisoners of Old Wyoming was a recipient of a coveted Wyoming State Historical Society “Publications Award,”and he served as guest editor for a “Collector’s Edition” of True West magazine which featured “hellcats, strumpets, and other wayward women” of the Old West.

His other books include two additional titles in his Wyoming criminal history trilogy, Hog Ranches of Wyoming: Liquor, Lust, and Lies Under Sagebrush Skies and You Are Respectfully Invited to Attend My Execution. Released in 2003 was Coyotes and Canaries: Characters Who Made the West Wild . . . and Wonderful! and in 2007 Bad in the Good Old Days.

His articles have appeared in numerous nonfiction anthologies as well as in such prominent periodicals as Wild West, True West, Old West, American Cowboy, Cowboy, and the National Cowboy Museum’s Persimmon Hill.

He and his wife Florence live in Cheyenne.