Missouri State Archives
Ozarks Gunfights and Other Notorious Incidents
September 16, 2010
53 minutes 48 seconds (53:48)
After the battle between the Blue and the Gray had ended, people in the Ozarks were still witnessing a war. Divided loyalties gave rise to rampant lawlessness, plaguing the region with robberies, shootouts, and showdowns. Author Larry Wood shares the shocking incidents that took place in the Ozarks during the late 1860s through the 1950s, including the notorious Springfield showdown between Davis Tutt and Wild Bill Hickok and the Roscoe shootout that resulted in the murder of a Younger brother. Wood even reveals some not-as-well-known, but equally scandalous crimes, such as the bank holdup by female bandit Cora Hubbard and the Bloody Benders' massacre.