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Author Probes Mystery Of Mack Marsden Murder



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August 24, 2011
In the late 1800s, the West was truly wild all the way back to the Mississippi River. For over three years, every major crime in Jefferson County was hung on one man — Mack Marsden.

"The Mack Marsden Murder Mystery: Vigilantism or Justice?", written by Missouri native Joe Johnston, tells Marsden's tale.

Newspapers labeled him a desperado, but Marsden was tried only once and never convicted of any wrongdoing. So when he was ambushed, shotgunned and left dying in a dusty road, his mystery took on a new life. Who murdered him? And if Mack wasn't the desperado behind all those crimes, who was?

For the first time all the available resources, including oral history, are mined for the clues that answer these questions and more.

Author Joe Johnston will be on hand Sunday, Aug. 28, 2 p.m., at the Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park.

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