Captain Jack Helm
A Victim of Texas Reconstruction Violence
Biography/Memoir - Texas History
6 x 9, 336 pp.
35 b&w illus. Map. Notes.
Pub Date: 02/13/2018
A.C. Greene Series
Price:        $29.95


Published by University of North Texas Press

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Captain Jack Helm

A Victim of Texas Reconstruction Violence

Chuck Parsons 
Foreword by Kenneth W. Howell

In Captain Jack Helm, Chuck Parsons explores the life of John Jackson “Jack” Helm, whose main claim to fame has been that he was a victim of man-killer John Wesley Hardin. That he was, but he was much more in his violence-filled lifetime during Reconstruction Texas. First as a deputy sheriff, then county sheriff, and finally captain of the notorious Texas State Police, he developed a reputation as a violent and ruthless man-hunter. He arrested many suspected lawbreakers, but often his prisoner was killed before reaching a jail for “attempting to escape.” This horrific tendency ultimately brought about his downfall. Helm’s aggressive enforcement of his version of “law and order” resulted in a deadly confrontation with two of his enemies in the midst of the Sutton-Taylor Feud.

Captain Jack Helm is more than a fine gunfighter biography: it is a vivid statement about the murderous violence of Reconstruction in Texas.”—Bill O’Neal, State Historian of Texas

CHUCK PARSONS is the author of Captain John R. Hughes and The Sutton-Taylor Feud and coauthor of A Lawless Breed, a biography of John Wesley Hardin, and The Notorious Luke Short. He lives in Luling, Texas.


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