Excerpts from my book, Forgotten Heroes and Villains of Sand Creek (June 11, 2010).
A cousin of the famous women’s suffrage leader, Susan B. Anthony, Scott J. Anthony was born in Cayuga County, New York, January 22, 1830. He migrated west to Leavenworth, Kansas in 1855. Perhaps because his father was a Quaker, Anthony became an abolitionist at a young age. He helped organize the Leavenworth Rangers, an armed group that patrolled the border to prevent pro-slavery Missourians from entering Kansas and voting.
… One possible conclusion is that Anthony did not particularly want to attack the people at Sand Creek but simply lacked the strength of character to stand up to the overbearing personality of John Chivington. His reasons went with him to the grave.
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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.