This collection of case histories examines hundreds of trials and death sentences carried out by the law of the 'Wild West'. The legal executions, most of them by hanging, provoke discussion over the controversial, modern view of the death sentence as well as the evolving jurisprudence of the western U.S. territories.
R. Michael Wilson has been researching and writing about the history of the American West for more than a decade. A retired law enforcement officer, he is the author of numerous books on crime and capital punishment. He is a member of the Wild West History Association, and Western Writers of America.