Wicked Women: Notorious, Mischievous, and Wayward Ladies from the Old West
This collection of short, action-filled stories of the Old West’s most egregiously badly behaved female outlaws, gamblers, soiled doves, and other wicked women by award-winning Western history author Chris Enss offers a glimpse into Western Women’s experience that's less sunbonnets and more six-shooters. During the late nineteenth century, while men were settling the new frontier and rushing off to the latest boom towns, women of easy virtue found wicked lives west of the Mississippi when they followed fortune hunters seeking gold and land in an unsettled territory. Prostitutes and female gamblers hoped to capitalize on the vices of the intrepid pioneers. Pulling together stories of ladies caught in the acts of mayhem, distraction, murder, and highway robbery, it will include famous names like Belle Starr and Big Nose Kate, as well as lesser known characters.
such a position, persuaded Lottie’s mother to send her away. She agreed and Lottie was sent to Detroit to live with friends. Her mother hoped she would meet a suitable man to marry there. Lottie arrived in the city at the peak of the social season, and the limited funds her mother supplied her with did not last long. Expenses had been much more than anticipated. Back home in Kentucky, Lottie’s mother and sister were struggling financially as well. The war had left the plantation in disarray,
never gives; it only lends.” Ancient proverb A tall, hump-shouldered man with gray, bushy hair and a hangdog look on his long, lumpy face pulled a stack of chips from the middle of the poker table toward him. Minnie Smith, the gambler who had dealt the winning hand, scowled at the player as he collected his earnings. “You’re sure packin’ a heavy load of luck, friend,” Minnie said in a low, clipped tone. “Luck had nothing to do with it,” the man replied. “You may be right at that,” Minnie
the girls retired they bathed in lavender salts and were treated to a massage by the house maids. The chorus of girls in Jessie’s care considered her to be the best madam in the business. She was kind and fair but strict and honest in all her business dealings. One of the house favorites boasted that “Jessie was the tops and when you worked for her you were tops in the business.” Jessie’s reputation for being a good madam attracted many girls to her parlor house. She always had more
eventually outgrew his direction. Mary was never satisfied working small-time bunko games; she aspired to be a part of a large scam that would make her financially independent. After three years with Cartwright, she set out on her own. The gambling table provided her with a plenty to live on, and the occasional big score gave her a little extra. In late 1869 Mary pulled off an elaborate con with two other accomplices: Jimmy “the Peep” Coates and John Burtin, known as “the Smiling One” because
69–76 diamond mine hoaxes, 170–75 Dirty Alice (Minnie Smith), 65–68, 165 Dlong, Charles, 37 doctor’s assistants, 133, 134–35, 138 Donahue, Teresa Susan (aka Tessie Wall), 14–24, 15 Donnelly, Hattie, 12–13 Doten, Alf, 132 drug addictions, 139 Duck, Blue, 122, 125, 126 Duffield, Frank, 41–42 Dumont, Eleanora (aka Madame Mustache), 56–61, 59 Dunn, Morgan, 162 Earp, Bessie, 107 Earp, Wyatt, 4, 107, 109–10 earthquakes, 74 Ellis, Buena, 185–86, 188, 189 Ellis, Rose (aka Texas Tommy),