Cop vs. Cop Two Kansas lawmen couldn’t keep the peace between themselves.

Newton KS 1872


Billy Bailey was a Texas cowhand who made his way up the trail to Newton, Kansas in 1871.  He had a reputation for being handy with a gun and may have been involved in a couple of shooting deaths.  That may have been why he was hired as a special policeman in August. His task: keep order during a tough election season.

On August 11, Bailey got into a political argument with Special Policeman Mike McCluskie. The latter man killed Bailey with two shots to the chest.  The dead man’s friends sought revenge a week later.

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