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Old 11-04-2015, 04:53 PM
Location: StlNoco Mo, where the woodbine twineth
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San Francisco Call July 6, 1901

Albany,Mo., July 5.---E.M McConkey, a young farmer, killed his neighbor, John Bryant and Bryant's son with a club this morning. He then shot himself but is still alive. McConkey is supposed to be insane.

San Francisco Call March 31, 1899

Harrisonville, Mo., Mar. 30---E.Bates Soper was hanged at 5:30 this morning. He refused to have any spiritual consolers. He fell a distance of seven feet, breaking his neck and dying without a struggle. The execution was private, being witnessed by only forty persons. E.Bates Soper was one of the most cruel and most unusual murderers. The crime for which he was executed was the murder at their home at Archie, near here, of his wife and two daughters, the latter aged four and six years respectively. The murder had been deliberately planned and was revolting. Soper ran a butcher shop. One day in April 1891, he announced that he had learned that there was a "blind tiger," or an illicit saloon in town and that he could not live in a place so wicked. He sold his shop and disappeared. Four days later neighbors broke into the Soper home and found the mother and children dead in bed. The heads of all had been crushed by an ax and blood and brains were everywhere. Soper had left a note saying he could not properly support his family and he believed they would be better off dead. Soper went to Portland,OR., and, taking the name of Prentice married a respectable widow. In April 1897, he deserted his second wife, taking their two year old child with him. He afterwards killed the child, choking it into insensibility and burying it alive. Later Soper, under the name of Homer Lee, leased and worked a small fruit farm near Ashland, Cal., where he was captured June 11, 1897. After being landed in jail here Soper confessed not only the killing of his wife and two children in Missouri and his child in Oregon, but admitted the murder in 1880 of his father. According to his own story, on the evening of the last-named murder Soper started to attend a literary society. On the way he met his father and shot and killed him. Throwing his revolver away, he proceeded to the society and took part in the exercises as if nothing had happened.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:33 PM
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San Francisco Call May 1, 1892

Stockton, CA., April 30---The Sheep Ranch stage, which left here this morning at 7 o'clock, carrying the money to pay off Sheep Ranch mine employes, was attacked by a stage-robber about five miles from here. Michael Tovey, the messenger, was on board along with lady passengers. The robber, without warning, fired into the stage, presumably at the messenger, but a shot struck the driver, Babe Raggio, in the breast, mortally wounding him. Another shot struck one of the ladies, Miss Rodersino, in the head. The messenger was shot through the right arm, between the shoulder and elbow, inflicting a flesh wound. The robber used a shotgun loaded with buckshot, as the stage is riddled with bullets. He stood behind a tree and the first warning of his presence was the shot. The driver pitched forward, but was caught by the messenger before he fell from the stage and was strapped in. The messenger jumped to the ground, but the cowardly assassin had fled. This compelled the messenger to look to the dying, and he immediately took the reins and drove to Sperry's place on the road. The lady was still alive but died immediately after reaching the house. Young Raggio was dying when last heard from. Nothing was taken from the stage. The sheriff and a large posse are now out seeking the murderer.
Part of the sheriff's posse has returned. The assassin is not caught. His tracks were followed, leading north toward Murray Creek and Doak's Old Mill. The sheriff is still out with a large force. The robber is a well built man, rather heavy set, dressed in a dark suit and wearing a mask. Some believed he remained in San Andreas last evening as fresh tracks were seen going up the Sheep Ranch road that could not be found above the scene. It would be reasonable for him to wait in town till he knew that the bullion had arrived from Valley Spring. He shot without warning. He was on the left side of the stage, at an elevation above, as some of the shot went through the top of the stage. Eight buckshot were found in the stage. Four struck the driver, two in the right breast, in the lung, where the bullets are now lodged, and two in the right shoulder, though not serious. The driver lies in critical condition but the doctors are battling for his life. The young lady was shot twice in the head and once in the body. Messenger Tovey's escape from death was marvelous, as the shot struck all around him. Another young lady was saved from death by the shot striking the bow of the stage directly in front of her.
He is suspected of being the one who fired the fatal shot .
From Detective Hume of Wells Fargo & CO.'s force it was ascertained by a representative of THE CALL last night that the treasure box contained $4000 in gold coin forwarded on Friday by J.B Haggin to pay off his mining hands. That his money did not fall into the hands of the robber was due to the prompt action of Mike Tovey, who bears many scars received in defending the gold of Wells Fargo & CO. He has been many years in the service of this corporation, and in encounters with robbers has been five times wounded. Detective Hume is of the opinion that the work is that of M.A Sharp, a highwayman, with a record second only to Black Bart. In September 1880, Sharp, in company with a man named Jones, alias Dow, attempted to rob the stage running from Bodie to Carson. Mike Tovey was in charge of the box, and without a very long argument, fired, killing Jones. Sharp then shot at tovey, seriously wounding him in the right arm. While the brave messenger went to a neighboring farmhouse for the purpose of having his arm dressed, Sharp took the box from the stage, broke it open and secured about $700 in cash. Jones had been a companion of Sharp for many years, and the latter deeply mourned the loss of his friend. They were schoolboys together in Missouri, came west together, and together committed seven very successful stage robberies in California and Nevada. In the affair above mentioned, where Tovey was wounded, the stage-driver, who handed over to Sharp the box during the absence of the wounded messenger, relates that the outlaw stooped and tenderly kissed his fallen accomplice as he lay dead in the road from a shot by Tovey's rifle. At any rate, Sharp seems to have taken the matter very much to heart, and on a dozen occasions he vowed revenge. Once, after his escape from the Nevada State prison, where he was given a 20 year sentence in 1880, he wrote a letter to Wells Fargo telling them of his escape and advised them to retire Tovey or he would kill him. On another occasion he wrote to Tovey warning him to leave California or "take the same medicine dealt out to poor Jones." M.A Sharp is a native of Esmeralda County,Missouri, and is about 45 years of age. He is about 5 feet six inches in height, has a dark complexion, dark brown hair and eyes and weighs about 160 pounds. He has a deep scar on the back of his head, another on the right forearm, the first finger of his right hand is gone at the first joint and he was never known to smoke, chew, swear or gamble. He made his debut on the stage running from Forest Hill to Auburn on May 15, 1880. Jones was his partner in many desperate deeds until killed in the bodie-Carson affair. From June 15, 1880 to August 15 of the same year the stage from Carson to Bodie was held up by the pair four times, and on each occasion a large amount of money was secured. In September of the same year the two desperadoes held up the Forest Hill stage again and this time got bullion to the amount of $8000. Two days later they robbed the stage from Carson City to Bodie, and on September 5 attempted to repeat the operation with the result stated above. A week afterward Sharp was captured at bodie, and on October 30 convicted of the robbery and sentenced to 20 years in State's prison. While awaiting transfer to that institution, he was confined in the jail at Aurora, where he remained just three days. The officers, being of course familiar with his record and desperate character, put him in double irons, with additional precaution on an "Oregon Boot." Somehow he got his hands free, and one bright morning when there was an election in town he left his prison home. Detective Hume says that he dragged the "Oregon Boot" for a distance of 12 miles and then opened it with a stone. Officer Hume, who, by the way, captured Sharp a few days later and got a full confession from him concerning the escape, says Sharp is the only man in America who has ever succeeded in opening an "Oregon Boot." The feat was accomplished by a Russian convict, but never before in the United States. In November following the escape Hume took Sharp back to the Aurora jail, where within a week, he came very near making a second escape. This alarmed the officers, and he was at once removed to the state Prison. This was in 1880, and the sentence was for 20 years. Three years ago he once again eluded the vigilance of his keepers, and since that time has been at large, his existence being known of only through the frequent letters concerning his enemy Tovey up to a month ago, when he was seen and recognized by a Deputy Sheriff of Calaveras County. He has undoubtedly been on the trail of the man who killed his friend for many months, and yesterday attempted to carry out his threats of vengeance. Detective Hume will leave this morning for the scene of the murder and attempted robbery and hopes to be able to capture Sharp, whom he considers the most dangerous man in California.
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:37 AM
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San Francisco Call April 9, 1911

Aurora, Mo.,April 8---Two robbers attempting to force an entrance to the Miner's and Farmers bank of this city were shot and seriously wounded early today by Frank Ruppel, a butcher, who discovered the men at work. Ruppel was asleep in his home across the street from the bank when he heard a noise. Raising the window, revolver in hand, he saw four men trying to pry open a front door of the bank. Ruppel shot at the men five times. Two of the men fell but their companions gathered them up and escaped before Ruppel could arouse citizens.

San Francisco Call August 6, 1905

Louisiana,Mo.,Aug.5---This morning while a Chicago & Alton special train was crossing the Mississippi river bridge, Marion Warner of Secor,Ill., a passenger on the train, was shot and instantly killed by an unknown man. Warner was asleep when the unknown man came through the train, asking the people if they had guns. He awoke Warner and asked him if he had a gun and receiving a negative reply shot Warner just over the right eye, killing him instantly. He then went to another passenger, and holding the gun against his temple, made him empty out his cash. After shooting Warner he emptied his revolver at the other passengers, one woman receiving a slight wound on the arm. A boilermaker from Jacksonville volunteered to arrest the man and in doing so knocked him senseless with his fist. The man who did the shooting was drunk and boasted before the murder that he would kill someone. The train was held here two hours while the testimony of the passengers was taken. The man who did the shooting refuses to tell his name or where he lives.

San Francisco Call July 5, 1903

Steelville, Mo., July 4---One dead and three perhaps fatally injured is the result of duel with revolvers which took place here this afternoon between Sheriff W.R Taff of Crawford County, his deputy, Perry Ives, Deputy Marshal John Woods, and Robert Starks, a farmer, and his son Herschel, aged 22 years. Robert Starks was shot through the heart, death resulting instantly. W.R Taff, the sheriff, was shot through the stomach and will die, Herschel Starks was fatally shot and Perry Ives, deputy sheriff, was shot in the mouth and leg. His condition is dangerous. The trouble originated in the refusal of young Starks to submit to arrest. He was charged with having offended the daughter of Benjamin Ogles, a wealthy farmer, who filed complaint against him. When Sheriff Taff approached, Starks warned him away, saying there would be trouble if he attempted to take him into custody. Robert Starks came up at the moment and after learning that his son was about to be arrested, hurried home, where he procured a revolver. He returned to the Crawford county bank building where the sheriff and his son were standing. "Here,take this," said the elder Starks to his son, "and if Taff don't leave you alone you know how to protect yourself." The sheriff tried to argue with the older Starks but to no purpose. He then took Herschel by the arm and as he did so the prisoner began firing. One of the bullets struck Taff in the stomach and he sank unconscious to the ground. Ives, who was attracted by the shots, ran up the street with revolver in hand and opened fire as he saw young Starks brandishing his weapon. Herschel Starks fell at the first shot and his father then wrested the pistol from him and began firing on the deputy sheriff. The latter was shot twice, the first bullet taking effect in his mouth, the other lodging in the right leg. City Marshal Woods came to the rescue of the officers at this point. A few moments later the elder starks fell dead with a bullet through his heart. It is believed that Deputy Sheriff Ives is the only one of the four shot who has any chance to recover. The shooting occurred on one of the principal business streets and threw the little town into a furor of excitement.
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:43 PM
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Los Angeles Herald September 20, 1894

Memphis,Mo., Sept. 19---The captured train-robbers, Lincoln Overfield and Charles Abrams, are in jail here awaiting the action of the grand jury. Overfield, beyond admitting that he was present at the scene of the attempted robbery, refuses to talk. He lies in bed with his head covered and says that informer McDaniels planned the robbery and coaxed the others into it.

Los Angeles Herald July 19, 1882

Weston, Mo., July 17---Lawless, the man who killed a son of General English, was yesterday pursued by the sheriff and a posse and killed while resisting arrest.

Los Angeles Herald July 19, 1882

Millerville, Mo., July 18---Two years ago Dr.Roberts was murdered by Dr.Keyes. The latter was sent to the insane asylum, whence he was released Thursday, and when he made his appearance at the scene of the murder he was shot dead by a son of Dr.Roberts.

San Francisco Call October 20, 1890

Tom Loftus, a Fort Worth engineer, dropped in at the Windsor yesterday and related a thrilling experience of his life in the cab. Tom ran a train in Missouri. When the James and Younger bandits were lively Tom carried a regular arsenal in the engine cab. He was at the throttle of a west-bound limited express headed for Kansas City when suddenly he heard a creaking sound back of the engine. He turned and looked into the barrel of a gleaming revolver, behind which stood a determined looking man. The stranger also covered the fireman. The stranger did not utter a syllable, but stood silently near the brake, pointing his revolver first at the engineer and then at the fireman. "What do you want?" asked Loftus. "Open the throttle wide," was the stern response. The command was observed, and the train dashed along at such speed that in rounding a sharp curve the supposed train robber was thrown off his feet to the floor of the cab. Loftus immediately seized and disarmed him. Then he shook him like a rat and slowed down the train. At this juncture a slim man, wearing a tin star on his breast and frightened almost to death, appeared at the door of the baggage car and shouted in a frightened tone to Loftus to not hurt the supposed Jesse James. Creeping over the tender the slim man explained that the man was a patient on his way to the insane asylum in Fulton.

A while back I ended up on a website when I was researching some outlaw, it was one of those Wild West sites that discuss lawmen and outlaws from the 1800s. One of the posters asked the host if he knew of any other Missouri outlaws besides the James,Youngers and Daltons. The host replied; "You should be able to find a bunch on City-Data, there's a guy over there loading up the Missouri forum with Missouri outlaws and degenerates."

I wonder who that could be ?
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Old 11-06-2015, 08:11 AM
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Gunfight At The OK Corral (October 26, 1881)
Tombstone Arizona

The Missouri connections;

C.S Fly (born in Andrew County Missouri 1849-1901) built his photography studio in Tombstone on Fremont street. During the shootout, Sheriff John Behan (born in Westport Missouri 1844-1912) was in the studio taking cover. Ike Clanton (born in Callaway County Missouri 1847-1887) came running into the studio for safety shouting he was unarmed. Fly went outside and disarmed the dying Billy Clanton. C.S Fly became famous for the photographs he took when he accompanied General Crook at the surrender of Geronimo. Fly was elected Sheriff of Cochise County 1n 1895 and served two years. And of course everyone knows that Wyatt Earp had lived in Lamar Missouri.

Jim Roberts (1859-1934)
B. Bevier,Macon County Missouri
He once shot 3 men in a gunfight without getting hit himself.
Participated in the Pleasant Valley War.

Thomas Speers (1839-1896)
Famous Missouri lawman.

Kansas City, Missouri Police Officers Memorial

Some more Tombstone characters from Missouri;


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Old 11-06-2015, 09:01 AM
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Los Angeles Herald March 24, 1909

Lebanon, Mo., Mar 23---At Russ, a remote town in Laclede County, last night Rev. Martin N. Johnson, age 40, shot and killed Rev. Solomon Odell, aged 46. Johnson is the Baptist minister of the neighborhood, while Odell was the Presbyterian pastor of Russ. They quarreled over business matters. Johnson is president of the Laclede County Telephone Company and Odell represented the Farmer's Telephone Company, a rival concern. A meeting was held in the post-office at Russ yesterday looking to a combination of the rival concerns. Johnson says Odell made a remark about him in the meeting. Later they met on the street, and Johnson informed Odell they should settle their difficulties then. Odell agreed, and was removing his coat when Johnson drew his revolver and killed him. Johnson then fled. He returned today, however, and gave himself up.


BULL CREEK TRAGEDY. How the Bilyeu Family Were Slain A DEADLY WINCHESTER. Bud Meadows Claims the Bloody Work. - on Newspapers.com
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Old 11-06-2015, 09:01 PM
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James M. Dodson 1842-1907
Westport, Missouri

James M Dodson (1840 - 1907) - Find A Grave Memorial

James Gilbert Jenkins 1834-1864

When he was nine years old he was living with his family in Gentry,Missouri when a stranger by the name of John Forbes showed up at their house. He asked his father if James could stay with him for awhile to help him with his race horses. He said he would give the boy his own horse and pay him $500, plus see to it that he got a proper education. Surprisingly, the father agreed. The boy ended up getting an education in thievery and murder. John Forbes was an outlaw and taught young James everything he knew. James Jenkins killed 18 men in his career and wrote a book on his life while waiting to be hanged. Pages of the book are on the internet. "Life and confessions of James Gilbert Jenkins"

The Lankford Boys

(There were four in all but only two became criminals)

Francis Caton Lankford 1890- ?
b. Bevier, Missouri
His criminal career started around 1913 or 1916.
He escaped from a Kansas City jail after one of his robberies.
In 1919 he and his brother Wilford killed a pawnshop owner during a robbery. He helped his brother escape from custody on a train by shooting a sheriff, a police officer and an innocent passenger. When caught, he took all the blame for the pawnshop killing. He was given a life sentence.

Wilford J Lankford 1893- ?
b. Bevier, Missouri

Kansas City Times July 8, 1964

Wilford J Lankford, 72, was sentenced yesterday by Judge Richard C Jensen to five years in the Missouri Penitentiary on a charge of first degree robbery. He was accused of robbing the Weber Pharmacy of several bottles of narcotics and $63.80 June 18. He was arrested 30 minutes after the holdup with most of the money and narcotics in his possession. Lankford admitted committing the robbery and more than 100 other crimes. He has spent 21 of his adult years in prison and has been convicted four times on charges ranging from forgery to armed robbery. He remarked he doubts if he can finish this sentence.
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Old 11-07-2015, 08:48 PM
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San Francisco Call March 27, 1904

Union, Mo., Mar.26---George Collins, the bank robber, was hanged in the jailyard at 1:35 today. Collins ascended the scaffold calmly and deliberately. He glanced once at the noose and then dropped his eyes. Just as the cap was adjusted Collins uttered his last words to a jail guard, "well, good-by old man." Collin's neck was not broken and he died from strangulation.

The Victoria Advocate May 25, 1922 (Victoria Texas)

Tacoma, Wash., May 25---Forty five years ago a posse in Missouri captured a desperate bandit, upon whose head a price was set. The bandit was duly hanged to a cottonwood tree near Joplin, Mo., on July 12, 1877. The posse dispersed and a woman whom the bandit befriended cut him down and he recovered from the ordeal. This is the story told by an aged resident of Tacoma who has written to a newspaper here to learn if he can still be tried for robberies in which men were killed. The letter states the bandit came from Missouri to the Pacific coast and reached Tacoma in 1879. He says he has lived here and in this vicinity 43 years and is known as a law-abiding citizen.
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Old 11-08-2015, 09:09 AM
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Jake Terry 1853-1907
b. Missouri
train robber, counterfeiter, smuggler
He shot a man in a Seattle saloon in 1873
His main source of income came from smuggling Chinese immigrants and opium into the United States from Canada. He liked to play cat and mouse with Customs Inspector Lawrence Flannigan,who knew Terry was a smuggler and wanted to catch him in the act. Once, Terry sent an anonymous message to Flannigan's office tipping him off that opium was being smuggled on a certain train. Flannigan went to the train and spotted a suspicious box tied under one of the box cars, after he crawled underneath and untied the package, he opened it and discovered it was filled with horse manure. Terry was shot to death in 1907 during an argument.

Mysterious Dave Mather

Dave Mather outlaw or hero? - News - Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS - Dodge City, KS

William B Weaver 1844-1880
b. Henry County,Missouri
He was a Nevada Deputy Sheriff involved in a Tuscarora saloon shootout with another man. Both were killed.

Kinch West 1842-1896
b. Dade County, Missouri

Perry Kincheon "Kinch" West (1842 - 1896) - Find A Grave Memorial

John Riley Banister 1854-1918
b. Camden, Missouri
Texas Ranger

John Riley Banister (1854 - 1918) - Find A Grave Memorial
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Old 11-09-2015, 10:59 AM
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Apparently, the outlaws are in control of the Univ. of Missouri now.

University of Missouri president quits after faculty walks out
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