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May 21 2015 1:00pm

True Crime Thursday: Running and Gunning through America

Police are often able to stop criminals before they go on the run, but every once in a while, a few fall through the cracks and a manhunt ensues. Case in point: a South Florida man's bounty has been upped to $12,500 after continuing to elude officers for more than 24 hours, reports NBC Miami. The man, Matthew Pryor, has a pair of outstanding warrants, and fled when two officers showed up to arrest him, but not before first opening fire. The hunt is still ongoing.

If this piques your interest, than you'll definitely want to check out Dead Run by Dan Schultz, a true crime retelling of a murdered lawman and the greatest manhunt of the modern American West. Not everyone is built to last in the wild vastness of America's western planes, but for three desperados from Colorado, the terrain couldn't have been more perfect:

Beyond the real West is the mythical West; the West of movies, books, song and video games; the West of enduring legend. It is the West that leads thousands of people every year to pull off the road and stand at the graves of Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp or Wild Bill Hickok. The West that draws millions of East Coasters and Midwesterners to vacations in the Mountain States, where they stay in accommodations with cowhide-upholstered sofas and elk-antler chandeliers. The West where the receding vibrations of a wild, audacious America still tickle the hair on the back of your neck.

It is real and it is mythical. And one sunny morning in May 1998, near the epicenter of Old West outlaw violence, it happened all over again: the guns; the killing; the posse chase and shootout; the escape into a vast wild country of sagebrush, box canyons and the occasional cowboy on horseback; Native American trackers; a grueling manhunt; and a populist outlaw disappearing into legend.

Such is Four Corners. As it was in 1898. As it remained a hundred years later.

Learn more and read an excerpt of Chapters 1 and 2 from Dead Run by Dan Schultz, an in-depth account of this sensational case, replete with overbearing local sheriffs, Native American trackers, posses on horseback, suspicion of vigilante justice and police cover-ups, and the blunders of the nation’s most exalted crime-fighters pursuing outlaws into territory in which only they could survive.

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