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Between the Frontier and the Big City: Sixty Years of Small-Town Murder Prosecution

dc.contributor.authorGuthrie, Chris
dc.identifier.citation47 Okla. L. Rev. 481 (1994)en_US
dc.description.abstractThis article examines small-town murder in Johnson County, Kansas, from 1880 to 1939. While providing lurid details of the murders committed over a sixty-year period in the county's small towns and villages, this article concludes that smalltown murder was slightly different from murder elsewhere. The overwhelming impression one gets from reviewing these rural murder cases is that small-town murder - though criminal and violent - was more a matter of inept dispute resolution than a matter of violent crime. True, the frontier and the big cities saw their share of petty disputes "resolved" through murder. But the small-town murders, at least those in Johnson County, were almost exclusively of this type; by and large, stranger murders, serial killers, random homicide, and felony murder were not part of the small-town landscape.en_US
dc.format.extent1 PDF (35 pages)en_US
dc.publisherOklahoma Law Reviewen_US
dc.subject.lcshSmall cities -- Kansasen_US
dc.subject.lcshMurder -- Kansasen_US
dc.subject.lcshRural crimes -- Kansasen_US
dc.subject.lcshMurder -- Historyen_US
dc.titleBetween the Frontier and the Big City: Sixty Years of Small-Town Murder Prosecutionen_US

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