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Overview Crime and violence in the territorial days is well known. However, Oklahoma outlaws of the 1920's led a reign of robbery & violence that stretched beyond the borders. When the number of bank robberies in 1924 reached 52, public officials were forced to respond by creating a unique state law enforcement agency that was commonly referred to as the 'State Crime Bureau.' Oklahoma law men confronted outlaws who had made the transition from horse-back to automobile. The pursuit of these outlaws was a dangerous business. Law men who lost their lives in the line of duty included state operative, Luther Bishop who was brutally gunned down."
Publishers Description This intriguing, true-life mystery springs from America's heartland and takes the reader back to the gunmen who preceeded Pretty Boy Floyd and Bonnie & Clyde. When the roaring twenties brought in a wave of new violence across the nation, even Oklahoma did not escape?fifty-two Oklahoma bank robberies were reported for 1924 alone. The increase of crime and the public outcry forced the creation of a unique law enforcement agency, the State Crime Bureau (forerunner of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation). Author Dee Cordry thoroughly researched this era and discovered the forgotten story of a murdered Crime Bureau agent. Luther Bishop died in his home in Oklahoma City, the victim of a hail of gunfire in the middle of the night. Cordry draws the reader in, to form their own opinions as to who killed the lawman who was known as the ?two-gun state operative.? It's all here, in-fightings between government agencies, the organized criminal gangs who vowed they would not be taken alive, the dangerous and deadly job of going after them, the murders of Osage Indians for their oil wealth, this un-finished case that begs to be solved and brought to conclusion. The author's spell-binding storytelling style will keep the reader turning the pages, as Cordry brings to life the colorful events of that period of Oklahoma history, and leaves us wanting to hear more.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.86" Width: 5.96" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.81 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2005
Publisher Tate Publishing & Enterprises
ISBN 1933148454 ISBN13 9781933148458
Reviews - What do customers think about Alive If Possible...Dead If Necessary?
Pioneering Crime Control in Oklahoma Nov 29, 2006
This excellent work covers the early statehood years of Oklahoma and the formation in the Roaring 20s of the Oklahoma Crime Bureau. Written by a veteran operative of the Bureau, the book covers the Osage Indian murders, the Al Spencer gang, the Kimes boys, the epidemic of bank robberies (in which Oklahoma led the nation) which led to the bureau's formation, and the murders of Bill Tilghman and Luther Bishop. An outstanding study of law enforcement in the era that revolutionized both crime and criminology.
Excellent account of the rise of the OSBI Jan 10, 2006
This is the first book by Dee Cordy, which examines the beginnings of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the crime era of the 1920s. It goes into detail on the murder of OSBI Operative Luther Bishop and the trial which followed. Also told is the murder and bank robberies compiled by several bandits of the 1920s, and the lawmen who tracked them down. Cordry's book also has many unpublished photo's and detailed graphics. I would highly recommend it to historical buffs and those wishing to read about Oklahoma lawmen and outlaws of the 1920s.