Gangs And Outlaws Of Western PA

Gangs And Outlaws Of Western PA

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Violent bank heists, bold train robberies and hardened gangs all tear across the history of the wild west–western Pennsylvania, that is. The region played reluctant host to the likes of the infamous Biddle Boys, who escaped Allegheny County Jail by romancing the warden’s wife,  the Cooley Gang, which held Fayette County in its violent grip at the close of the nineteenth century, and Pennsylvania’s own Bonnie and Clyde–Irene and Glenn–whose murderous misadventures earned them seats in the electric chair in 1931.  From the perilous train tracks of Erie to the gritty streets of Pittsburgh, authors Thomas White and Michael Hassett trace the dark history of the crooks, murderers and outlaws who both terrorized and fascinated the citizenry of western Pennsylvania.

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Thomas White is the university archivist and curator of special collections in the Gumberg Library at Duquesne University.  He is also an adjunct lecturer in Duquesne’s History Department and an adjunct professor of History at La Roche College.

 

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