Schemer, Lou Blonger

Lou BlongerLou Blonger was a man of many hats.  He was a miner, a saloon and bawdy house owner, a gambler, a lawman (for a very brief time).  And with his brother Sam, he also controlled the Denver underworld from the late 1880s to early 1920s.

His specialty—big cons, cheating people (especially visitors) out of large sums of money through elaborate schemes.  Blonger made a fortune, some of which he spent on bribes to avoid arrest and prosecution.

An honest prosecutor finally got him in the 1920s.  Blonger died in the Colorado penitentiary in 1924 at age 74.

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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.