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The bloody vendetta of southern Illinois / Milo Erwin & Jon Musgrave, editor.

Erwin, Milo. (Author). Musgrave, Jon. (Added Author). Erwin, Milo. History of Williamson County, Illinois, from the earliest times, down to the present, 1876. (Added Author).

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Princeton PL - Princeton 977.399 Erw (Text) 30890000634475 New Adult Materials Upper level Available -

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  • ISBN: 0970798466 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 9780970798466 (pbk.)
  • Physical Description: 240 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: Marion, Ill. : IllinoisHistory.com, c2006.

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General Note: Includes part of Erwin's History of Williamson County, Illinois, from the earliest times, down to the present, 1876 with additional information provided by Jon Musgrave.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-230) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Of criminals -- The two sides -- The root causes -- The Crains and the Riots -- First blood -- The first trials -- Revenge -- The Ku Klux Klan -- Prosecutor absconds -- Thirs time's a charm -- Klan strikes again -- Light at the tunnel's end -- Capturing Marshall -- The trial of the Crains -- Marshall's last days -- Ku-Kluckle chuckle -- Cleaning up -- Aiken gang's last ride -- Jennings gang -- One more killing -- The final mystery.
Summary, etc.: In the 1870s the Bloody Vendetta wreaked havoc in the heart of Southern Illinois leaving a half dozen men assassinated and property values in freefall. As a defense attorney Milo Erwin represented many of the suspects involved. Following the trials of 1875 and 1876, Erwin published the first detailed account of the Vendetta. Now Jon Musgrave pieces together the rest of the story, combining Erwin's work with contemporary newspaper accounts as well as modern research. He traces the rise and fall of the Ku Klux Klan as they took advantage of the chaos and details the events of what happened afer Erwin wrote his book. Musgrave ties together the clues bridging the Vendetta from the violence of the Civil War-era Aiken gang a decade earlier to the second generation of outlaws that came of age in the Vendetta's aftermath. From the boys who grew up in Marion who later led the Jennings gang of the Wild West and Hollywood westerns, to the not so glamourous delinquents responsible for robberies and murders in the Carterville and Carbondale ares of the 1890s, Musgrave uncovers their true stories for a new century.
Subject: Williamson County (Ill.) > History > 19th century.
Vendetta > Illinois > Williamson County > History > 19th century.
Crime > Illinois > Williamson County > History > 19th century.
Illinois > History > 19th century.

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