Old West CSI

Skullduggery-Secrets-and-Murders-by-Bill-NealIt had all the makings of a nice little score. George Isaacs stuffed five sacks of mostly blank paper scraps and presented them at the Wells Fargo office in Kansas City, requesting that the money be shipped to him in Canadian, Texas.

After his outlaw friends robbed the train, Isaacs would claim his insured $25,000 from the bank. Things got complicated fast when Sheriff Tom T. McGee was killed in a gunfight at the station in Texas, and Isaacs was now arrested for murder. But who was behind the failed scheme? Was it the penniless Isaacs or more powerful players? With impressive scholarship and deft investigative work, Bill Neal presents Skullduggery, Secrets, and Murders: The 1894 Wells Fargo Scam That Backfired, a lucid dissection of the 1894 case, shrouded in layers of inaccuracies.

 

— Patrick Millikin, author of Phoenix Noir


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