Nat Kinney led the Bald Knobbers, a vigilante group that patrolled the Missouri Ozarks in the mid to late 1880s. A farmer, merchant and self-styled preacher, Kinney and company group started off working with law enforcement officials, but it soon became a force unto itself—and it eventually began punishing even critics of the movement. They vowed revenge.
So in August 1888, Bald Knobber opponent Billy Miles shot and killed Kinney in a Forsyth store. Miles was arrested and tied but claimed self-defense. A jury—mostly Anti-Bald Knobbers—quickly acquitted him.
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