Notorious Missouri: 200 Years of Historic Crimes
By Zachary S. Daughtrey, Foreword by Most Rev. James V. Johnston, Jr.
From the duel on Bloody Island to the “Missouri Miracle” kidnapping and recovery of Shawn Hornbeck, Missouri has seen its share of notorious crimes. It was home to the first western gunfight on the town square between Wild Bill Hickok and Dave Tutt. The three trials of the alleged murderer of Colonel Thomas Swope, the founder of Kansas City’s Swope Park, enveloped the state. Residents also saw the killings within a few blocks of each other that inspired the songs “Stagger Lee” and “Frankie and Johnny.” Vicki Berger Erwin and James W. Erwin explore crimes, criminals and victims from the violent history of the last two hundred years in the Show Me State.