MURPHY, John William
Outlaws of the Fox River Country. Story of the Whiteford and Spencer Tragedies, the Assassination of Judge Richardson, the Execution of John Baird, and the Mobbing of W.J. Young: criminal career of Frank Lane, the pseudo detective; Laura Sprouse and her lovers, and her Ohio rival; the Kansas Expedition after John B. Glenn; the raid on St. Francisville; Robbery of the Luray postoffice; confessions of Brady and Marmaduke; a Clark County campaign
Hannibal, MO: Hannibal Printing Company, 1882. 8vo. (8 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches). 138pp. 7 full-page black and white illustrations.
Original printed wrappers. Housed in cloth box.
A very fine copy of this rare account of illegal acts in Missouri, Iowa, and Ohio in the 1860s and 70s, with illustrations of the crime scenes and perpetrators' portraits.
"Lurid narrative of midwestern crime, comparable to Bonney's classic Banditti of the Prairies" (Howes). "History of the outlaws of the Nauvoo country. The author, an Alexandria, Missouri editor, was personally acquainted with many of the desperate characters in this chronicle" (Adams).
Adams, Six Guns and Saddle Leather, 1581; Howes M907, aa; Storm, Graff Collection, 2935.