The trial of Tom Horn / John W. Davis.

"[This] account of the trial of Tom Horn for the murder of a 14-year-old boy & places it in perspective as part of a larger struggle for control of Wyomings grazing land&. Tom Horn, employed as a Pinkerton and then as a range detective, had a reputation as a loner and a braggart with a...

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Main Author: Davis, John W., 1943- (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Norman, OK : University of Oklahoma Press, [2016]
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Summary:"[This] account of the trial of Tom Horn for the murder of a 14-year-old boy & places it in perspective as part of a larger struggle for control of Wyomings grazing land&. Tom Horn, employed as a Pinkerton and then as a range detective, had a reputation as a loner and a braggart with a brutal approach to law enforcement even before he was accused of murdering young Willie Nickell. Cattlemen saw Horn as protecting their way of life, but most people in Wyoming saw him as a hired assassin, an instrument of oppression by cattle barons willing to use violent intimidation to protect their assets. The story began on July 18, 1901, when Willie Nickell was shot by a gunman lying in ambush; the killer was apparently after Willies father, who had brought sheep into the area. Six months later Tom Horn was arrested. The trial pitted the Laramie County district attorney against a crack team of defense lawyers hired by big cattlemen. Against all predictions, the jury found Horn guilty of first-degree murder. Despite appeals that went all the way to the state supreme court and the governor, Horn was hanged in Cheyenne in 1903. The trial and conviction of Tom Horn marked a major milestone in the hard-fought battle against vigilantism in Wyoming. Davis, himself a trial lawyer, has mined court documents and newspaper articles to dissect the trial strategies of the participating attorneys. His detailed account illuminates a larger narrative of conflict between the power of wealth and the forces of law and order in the West." -- Book jacket.
Physical Description:x, 358 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-347) and index.
ISBN:9780806152189 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0806152184 (hardcover : alk. paper)