Search for the Desperado Will Harris


Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism…

The Scourge of Sugar Creek

Episode 164 we ask the rhetorical question, “Will the real Will Harris please stay in jail?” It seems Will Harris was the go-to non de plume for a number of Southern scoundrels around the turn of the 20th century. At times that the press is confused, the police are confused, and the town folk are confused, shedding doubt on whether or not they have THE real desperado, or an imposter, or just another desperado by the same name.

Persiflage: light and slightly contemptuous mockery or banter.
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Theme Music by Dave Sams
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun