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Larry Wood “Murder & Mayhem in Missouri” Book Signing Sept. 7 at Library Center

Joplin author Larry Wood will sell and sign copies of his latest book, “Murder & Mayhem in Missouri,” from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, in the Library Center concourse, 4653 S. Campbell Ave.

Desperadoes like Frank and Jesse James earned Missouri the nickname of the "Outlaw State" after the Civil War. That reputation followed the region into the Prohibition era through the feverish criminal activity of Bonnie and Clyde, the Barkers and Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd. Duck into the Slicker War of the 1840s, a vigilante movement that devolved into a lingering feud in which the two sides sometimes meted out whippings, called slickings, on each other. Or witness the Kansas City Massacre of 1933, a shootout between law enforcement officers and criminal gang members who were trying to free Frank Nash. Follow Larry Wood through the most shameful and savage portion of the Show-Me State’s history.

Wood will also have copies of his other books available, including “Wicked Springfield” and “Civil War Springfield.”

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