this day in crime history: july 8, 1898

On this date in 1898, con-man and gangster Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith uttered his last words: “My God, don’t shoot!” What do you think happened next? If your guess was “He was shot,” give yourself 10 points. Soapy was killed in a dispute over a game of three-card monte, among other things.

Further reading:

Alias Soapy Smith: King of the Frontier Con Men

Leadville & Twin Lakes, Colorado History: The Story of Jefferson Randolph (Soapy) Smith

Legends of America: Soapy Smith – Bunko Man of the Old West

Soapy Smith’s Soapbox

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2 thoughts on “this day in crime history: july 8, 1898

  1. John D.:
    They sure don’t have nicknames like “Soapy” any longer…do they?
    And a dispute over 3-card MONTE???

    (talk about a set-up)
    God, that’s asking for trouble.

    Better to be shot for cheating at a REAL card game…like POKER, hmm?

    Good story.

    Roll safe out there.

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