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True Stories of Amazing People and Places in Texas

Life in Hale County Texas 1850 - 1950
J. Frank Norfleet, Deputy Sheriff, of Hale Center

J. Frank Norfleet, Deputy Sheriff, of Hale Center

This amazing photo of J. Frank Norfleet (on left) was taken between 1921 and 1924. At age 55 Norfleet became a famous international manhunter when he single-handedly captured a gang of criminals who had swindled him out of $45,000 in 1919. The man on the right is W.H. Mercer, Secy. to Senator Mayfield. 

 

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Texas History in the 19th Century (Amazon)

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J. Frank NorfleetJ. Frank Norfleet

The story of a Hale County Rancher and Farmer who at age 55 became a famous manhunter and captured a gang of conmen who had swindled him out of $45,000 in 1919 . . . read more

The Mark Inside: A Perfect Swindle, a Cunning Revenge, and a Small History of the Big Con

In 1919, Hale County Texas rancher J. Frank Norfleet lost everything he had in a stock market swindle—twice. But instead of slinking home in shame, he turned the tables on the confidence men. Armed with a revolver and a suitcase full of disguises, Norfleet set out to capture the five men who had conned him, allowing himself to be ensnared in the con again and again to gather evidence on his enemies. Through the story of Norfleet’s ingenious reverse-swindle, Amy Reading reveals the fascinating mechanics behind the big con . . . Read more Look inside

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