Some of the legendary gunmen of the Old West were men of the law. But many of the more famous pistol-wielding legends-think Billy the Kid and Jesse James-were outlaws. Tom Horn (1860-1903) was both, and he was more: a lawman, soldier, hired gunman, detective, outlaw, and assassin. Horn fought in the last major battle with the Apaches on U.S. soil and chased Indians into Mexico with General George Crook. He bragged about murdering renegades and was known for his brutal approach to law and order. Working as a hired gun and range detective after the Johnson County War, he was tried and hanged for killing a fourteen-year-old boy. The truth of Horn's drunken confession is still debated. This masterful biography by historian Larry Ball distinguishes truth from legend to present the definitive account of the violent life-and death-Tom Horn. Book jacket.
Tom Horn in Life and Legend
University of Oklahoma Press