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Sherman McMaster knew his way around a gun. Born to a wealthy Illinois family, he headed west at a young age and became an outlaw, a Texas Ranger, and a member of Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Posse. Quick on the draw, McMaster had his own idea of right and wrong. He rode the frontier with both the good and bad of the American West. Then, he simply disappeared from the pages of history. “HIRED GUN.”
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John King Fisher evaded the law and ruled south Texas through intimidation. But he mellowed and traded his quick temper for a badge and became a respected lawman and a successful rancher. Fisher’s friendship with a well-known gunfighter led to a tragic ending. “YOUNG AND BOLD AND DEAD.”
http://tomrizzo.com/young-bold-dead/
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The gunmen planning to rob the Southern Pacific express car didn't count on dealing with shotgun messenger Jeff Milton, a former lawman and manhunter. The robbery was planned on a night he wouldn’t be working. But Milton drew the assignment as a substitute. Within minutes of opening the express car door, gunfire flashed against the night sky. And Milton saved his own life by “PLAYING DEAD.”
http://tomrizzo.com/playing-dead/
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Feb. 14, 1912: Arizona admitted as 48th state.
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No bank in the country had ever been robbed in broad daylight during peacetime, until a gang of gunmen raided a bank in Clay County, Missouri. "HOLD-UP HISTORY.”
http://tomrizzo.com/hold-up-history/

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Pulitzer Prize winning author Louis Bromfield owned one of the first organic, self-sustained farms in the country. In addition to his success as a writer, Bromfield proved an innovator of soil conservation techniques. A member of the founding staff of Time magazine, he also worked for the Associated Press. His working Ohio farm served a home-away-from-home for several Hollywood friends. “AUTHOR LOUIS BROMFIELD.”
http://tomrizzo.com/louis-bromfield/
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No one expected a woman to display such skill playing cards. But Poker Alice Ivers made her living at the gaming tables. Even after pursuing an excellent education. 

She was so good Alice established a reputation as the best-known poker player on the American frontier. Along the way, she had her share of troubles with the law. But she always paid her fines and managed to stay profitable. “THE WILD CARD.”
http://tomrizzo.com/wild-card/

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Russian-born writer Vera Nazarian once wrote, “Old storytellers never die. They disappear into their own story.” Lawman and outlaw Jim McIntire led a colorful life after heading West in his teenage years. He worked on a ranch, hunted buffalo, served as deputy sheriff, and even wrote a book. And, oh yes, he told about a trip to heaven where held a conversation with Christ. Years later, McIntire vanished. Maybe into his own story. "TO HEAVEN AND BACK."
http://tomrizzo.com/heaven-back/
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In their debut as outlaws on February 6, 1891, the Daltons Brothers courted disaster. Armed and masked, they boarded a train at a small California station. But everything possible went wrong. Less than two years later, the Dalton Gang staged what would be its last robbery attempt. It ended like the first—in disaster. “THE TRAIN ROBBERS.”
http://tomrizzo.com/train-robbers/
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According to the late Kurt Vonnegut, writer Ambrose Bierce’s "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” stands as the greatest American short story. 
Bierce’s psychological fiction features various themes, including self-delusion and hallucination. A writer of ghost and war stories, Bierce disappeared while working as a journalist—a mysterious ending rivaling any of his fictional offerings. “AUTHOR AMBROSE BIERCE.”
http://tomrizzo.com/ambrose-bierce/ #TomRizzoWrites
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