Bald Knobber: The Giant Vigilante Captain Nat Kinney

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Taney County, Missouri

After the Civil War

Captain Nat Kinney was a large man, both in stature and reputation, and both of them seemed to grow to mythic proportions among the citizens Taney County, Missouri, deep in the Ozark Mountains. Kinney was the king of the Bald Knobbers, a group of Christian citizens who organized to police themselves against the ruffians and hooligans who would interrupt their church services and raid their homesteads. The presence of the Bald Knobbers deeply divided the region between those would let the law take its course and those who would take the law into its own hands.

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Topeka Daily Capital, September 9, 1888
Topeka Daily Capital, September 9, 1888
Music by Carter Bancroft and Alan Patterson. Theme music by Josh Woodward.

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