The Education of a Killer Harry Orchard—from thief to assassin.

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Harry Orchard.

Harry Orchard is best known as an assassin for the Western Federation of Miners; his
bombs killed more than two dozen people in the early 1900s, including former Idaho
Governor Frank Steunenberg.

But Orchard had a criminal background before he began killing people. By his own
account, he torched businesses for the insurance money in Cripple Creek and Canada. Orchard had burglarized a railroad depot, rifled a cash register, stole sheep, and
had made plans to kidnap children over a debt. He also sold fraudulent insurance policies.
And he was a two-time bigamist.

Mark Boardman is the features editor at True West and editor of The Tombstone Epitaph.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.