Excerpts from my book, Forgotten Heroes and Villains of Sand Creek (June 11, 2010).
When John Evans arrived in the Colorado Territory, he came as a wealthy and influential Chicago businessman who had been appointed governor by President Lincoln. Already a millionaire, Evans saw Colorado as a boundless opportunity for the development of towns and railroads, and, of course, unimaginable wealth for those who made it happen.
Evans claimed he had nothing to do with the massacre at Sand Creek because he wasn’t there, but he was deeply involved the events leading up to the massacre.
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Her first week on the job, and Marshal Beth Mayo is hit with a sex assault case. It’s a nasty shock for the bucolic mountain town of Sugarloaf and for Mayo, who is still recovering from her husband’s death. Her initial skepticism grows into disbelief over the victim’s zany story, and she dismisses the case as a false report. Unfortunately, the same woman is soon discovered in the ruins of a ghost town, most definitely murdered.
Mayo unravels the complex case through a parade of colorful suspects and misfit family members, all the while following a common thread from 150 years earlier — Colorado history’s most notorious event, the Sand Creek Massacre.