While legislators were writing the first laws in Alabama, some miscreant citizens were already breaking them, causing disorder and fleeing the hands of justiceAmong these were cult leader turned murderer Bloody Bob Sims, social activist turned anarchist Albert Parsons, the mysterious hobo bandit Railroad Bill and the nefarious outlaw sheriff Steve Renfroe, who was credited with countless prison escapes, thefts and arson Legendary Wild West figures Frank and Jesse James also appeared in Alabama, along with numerous other well known gunslingers, pirates, crooks and desperados Bushwhackers caused widespread chaos during the Civil War and were considered outlaws depending on which side you supported Join real life partners in crime Kelly Kazek and Wil Elrick as they recount the atrocities of some of Alabama s most infamous lawbreakers


10 thoughts on “Alabama Scoundrels: Outlaws, Pirates, BanditsBushwhackers

  1. Mark Goodwin Mark Goodwin says:

    A decent read Most of the outlaws shared similar traits robbing trains, bank and killing people Alabama certainly had their fair share much of it occurring shortly after the Civil War.


  2. Brian Brian says:

    Eh, at least it was short.


  3. Bobby Mathews Bobby Mathews says:

    Question Is it possible for a short book to be badly overwritten Answer Apparently so.Alabama Scoundrels relies a great deal on published reports as one would expect from a journalist , but it would have benefitted greatly from interviews with historians, excerpts from letters or journals, or interviews with the families of victims or families of the aforementioned scoundrels themselves The information feelslike thumbnail sketches than anything in depth, though Lewis Powell who atte Question Is it possible for a short book to be badly overwritten Answer Apparently so.Alabama Scoundrels relies a great deal on published reports as one would expect from a journalist , but it would have benefitted greatly from interviews with historians, excerpts from letters or journals, or interviews with the families of victims or families of the aforementioned scoundrels themselves The information feelslike thumbnail sketches than anything in depth, though Lewis Powell who attempted to assassinate William Henry Seward, Abraham Lincoln s secretary of state gets a rather long entry Probably the most fascinating character detailed is Railroad Bill, and I think a lot of the lore surrounding him could have been explored muchthoroughly The connection of wild West outlaws Frank Jesse James and John Wesley Hardin was definitely interesting I just wish the author had taken Hemingway s advice and written it straight It s also interesting how we don t get 2oth century guys like Enterprise man Brian Fleming, who in 1990 was convicted of attempting to run guns for the Irish Republican Army or the Dare family also from Enterprise, though the son, Charlie, played football at Alabama defrauding nearly everyone they came in contact with over a period of about 10 years or Wiley Sanders, the trucking magnate in Troy who once bought up every copy of Esquire I think it was in the state after they ran an expose on him If you re gonna write about pirates in the state and Kazak did , some 20th and 21st century pirates oughta get called out, too


  4. Kev Willoughby Kev Willoughby says:

    Brief survey of several different scoundrels with ties to Alabama, most notable of which were Frank and Jesse James Each chapter reads like a newspaper article, with a short obituary style introduction, and then a biographical sketch of the events leading up to the demise or disappearance of the subject.


  5. Kenya Kenya says:

    InterestingA lot of history of outlaws in Alabama Very interesting read I didn t know the history of Alabama having outlaws.


  6. Peggy Walls Peggy Walls says:

    Delightful read as Kazek s books always are for this reader Interesting stories about overlooked topics and persons.


  7. Jostein Moen Jostein Moen says:

    Not great literature but a fairly well written and entertaining collection of stories about real life characters.


  8. J.T. Thornton J.T. Thornton says:

    Very interesting book and a quick read.