Outlaw, gang member, and loving husband, Emmett Dalton remains a significant figure in American Old West history. His scandalous career of thievery included the ill-fated raid in Coffeyville, Kansas. When the Dalton Gang attempted to rob two banks at once, a deadly shootout ensued, leaving Emmett Dalton with more than twenty gunshot wounds and a life sentence in the Kansas State Penitentiary.
This autobiography describes Dalton's everyday life as an outlaw. In it, he recalls such adolescent memories as hearing stories of the Younger gang, his first train robbery and feelings of exultation, visiting his mother, and courting Julia Johnson-the woman who would one day become his wife. Dalton also details the preparations taken for the Coffeyville raid and the suspense that hung in the air as they rode into town, revealing the gang's final moments.
In addition to presenting Emmett Dalton's accounts, this pictorial memoir includes a foreword by Dalton authority Kith Presland, who provides a peek into the mind of an outlaw.
Emmett Dalton was born on May 3, 1871. Over the course of his life, he became a robber, an outlaw, and a prisoner. In addition to starring in a movie based on his life, he capitalized on his crimes by writing Beyond the Law and When the Daltons Rode. He passed away on July 13, 1937.
Kith Presland is an expert on Emmett Dalton. She has visited Coffeyville as a special guest and been interviewed for the Coffeyville Journal. A graduate of Sparsholt College, she lives in Reading, England.show more