NewspaperARCHIVE has opened its vaults to offer us a free archive of historic newspapers, a collection of old articles about the most famous criminal legends who ever appeared on the American scene.
To some, they were firecrackers, men and women with the guts to give corporate America some much-deserved gunshots in the ass. To others, they were vicious widow-makers who followed no code.
Say their names to anyone on the continent and the names are known; most everyone can picture their faces. Jesse and Frank James. Billy the Kid. Wyatt Earp. Wild Bill Hickok. Bonnie and Clyde. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid. "Ma" Barker and her gang of gay sons. Pretty Boy Floyd. Baby Face Nelson. John Dillinger. Doc Holliday. Machine Gun Kelly.
The best way to know them is to see them as the people of their time saw them. Many of these famous outlaws had one thing in common: they were so good at their craft – crime – that their careers lasted for years. And a lot of newspapers devoted barrels of ink to their exploits.
The archive is found at http://www.outlawarchive.com/.