Graham Barnett: A Dangerous Man

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Graham Barnett was killed in Rankin, Texas, on December 6, 1931. His death brought an end to a storied career, but not an end to the legends that claimed he was a gunman, a hired pistolero on both sides of the border, a Texas Ranger known for questionable shootings in Company B under Captain Fox, a deputy sheriff, a bootlegger, and a possible “fixer” for both law enforcement and outlaw organizations. In real life he was a good cowboy, who provided for his family the best way he could, and who did so by slipping seamlessly between the law enforcement ... continued below

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xv, 400 p. : ill.

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Coffey, James L.; Drake, Russell M. & Barnett, John T. May 2017.

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  • Coffey, James L. JAMES L. COFFEY is a former education consultant who worked with school districts in West Texas and lives in San Angelo, Texas.
  • Drake, Russell M. RUSSELL M. DRAKE is a newspaper man who worked in Texas and California and lives in Veribest, Texas.
  • Barnett, John T. JOHN T. BARNETT is Graham Barnett’s grandson and lives in southern California.

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Graham Barnett was killed in Rankin, Texas, on December 6, 1931. His death brought an end to a storied career, but not an end to the legends that claimed he was a gunman, a hired pistolero on both sides of the border, a Texas Ranger known for questionable shootings in Company B under Captain Fox, a deputy sheriff, a bootlegger, and a possible “fixer” for both law enforcement and outlaw organizations. In real life he was a good cowboy, who provided for his family the best way he could, and who did so by slipping seamlessly between the law enforcement community and the world of illegal liquor traffickers. Stories say he killed unnumbered men on the border, but he stood trial only twice and was acquitted both times.
Barnett lived in the twentieth century but carried with him many of the attitudes of old frontier Texas. Among those beliefs was that if there were problems, a man dealt with them directly and forcefully—with a gun. His penchant to settle a score with gunplay brought him into confrontation with Sheriff W. C. Fowler, a former friend, who shot Barnett with the latter’s own submachine gun on loan. One contemporary summed it up best: “Officers in West Texas got the best sleep they had had in twenty years that Sunday night after Fowler killed Graham.” The contents include: Graham Barnett 1890-1931, It was him or me -- 1890-1908 "He shot dove with a rifle" -- 1908-1913 "A fair man but he expected my brothers and me to live by his strict rules" -- 1912-1913 "When I put my hand in my pocket, he knew it was all over" -- 1914-1916 "I was shot all to pieces" -- 1914-1915 "I knew Graham was in some kind of trouble" -- 1915-1917 "Conspiring to steal certain property of the United States of America" -- 1917-1925 "Wild West won't do" -- 1925 "Come on in, you're as welcome as a corpse" -- 1925 "No, he isn't going to kill me, he hasn't nerve enough" -- 1925-1928 "I want you to send him a telegram and tell him that I am the biggest damn liar in the State of Texas" -- 1928-1929 "As frequently occurs, jealousy and enmity between rival gangs developed" -- 1929-1931 "He would kill you in a holy second" -- December 7, 1931 "I wasn't surprised when they told me" -- March 1932-present "It was all too true" -- Postscript "Death steals everything from us except our stories".

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xv, 400 p. : ill.

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Coffey, James L.; Drake, Russell M. & Barnett, John T. Graham Barnett: A Dangerous Man, book, May 2017; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1020993/: accessed September 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.