The Mack Marsden Murder Mystery: Vigilantism or Justice?

The Mack Marsden Murder Mystery: Vigilantism or Justice?

By: Joe Johnston

Publication date: December 2012
SKU: 9781883982751
ISBN: 9781883982751
Subject: Non-Fiction

For over three years Mack Marsden was suspected of every major crime in Jefferson County, Missouri, but he was never convicted of any wrongdoing. All of the available resources, including oral histories, are mined for clues that explain who ambushed and killed Marsden.

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In the late nineteenth century, Jefferson County, Missouri, was striving to emulate its cosmopolitan cousin to the north, St. Louis, while it battled to wipe out the remnants of its frontier lawlessness. The West was truly wild all the way back to the Mississippi River, and while progressive St. Louisans were installing telephones, the sheriff in Hillsboro was trying to find out who was stealing all of the pigs. One of the last of the bad men in Missouri was Mack Marsden. For over three years he was suspected of every major crime in Jefferson County. Though the newspapers labeled him a desperado, he was tried only once and never convicted of any wrongdoing. So when he was ambushed, shotgunned, and left dying on a dusty road, his mystery took on a new life. Who murdered him? And if Mack wasn’t the desperado behind all those crimes, who was? For the first time, all of the available resources, including oral histories, are mined for the clues that answer these questions and more. This narrative nonfiction book is a true mystery that bears striking parallels to that of fellow Missourian Jesse James—and is as thrilling as any of the more famous tales of the Old West.

Pages: 280
Language: English
Publisher: Missouri History Museum
Edition: 1st
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Joe Johnston

Missouri native JOE JOHNSTON is a writer, artist, and songwriter. His Missouri Vigilante series includes The Mack Mark Murder Mystery: Vigilantism or Justice? (2011), Necessary Evil: Settling Missouri with a Rope and a Gun (2014), and It Ends Here: Missouri’s Last Vigilante (2015).

National Indie Excellence Book Award

Winner of the 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Award, True Crime category.