An Arizona Outlaw

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Story of a Hanged Man.

Fleming “James” Parker was a career criminal, primarily a rustler, but in 1897, he took a step up to train robbery near Peach Springs, Arizona. It was a disaster; his partner died and Parker vamoosed without the loot, setting the stage for the final tragic acts.

Story of a hanged man arizona outlaw fleming parker true west
In his biography of outlaw Fleming ”James” Parker, Prescott, Arizona, historian Parker Anderson provides readers with a valuable primary resource on Arizona Territorial law and order history, including an in-depth examination of the role of Yavapai County Sheriff George C. Ruffner (above) in the pursuit and capture of Parker for train robbery, murder and the outlaw’s infamous jail break.
– Courtesy Library of Congress –

Arizona writer Parker Anderson chronicles Parker’s tale in Story of a Hanged Man (Parker Anderson, $25). Anderson put 16 years into the research—and it shows—but is it worth 500 pages? And fully quoting documents and newspapers offers a scholarly feel, but it hurts the flow of the story. A better reference book than a good read.

Mark Boardman is Features Editor of True West magazine

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