The Killing of Harmon Murray Author:R. Olin Braley At the time of his death, Harmon Murray had little to show for his year-long crime spree: a watch, a pistol, gunbelt, Winchester rifle, bandolero and scarf pin, and 142 rounds of ammunition. Harmon Murray was a desperado, a gang leader, and a murderer. Murray was a black outlaw and citizens across North Florida feared him. — His inauspicious begi... more »nnings did not foretell the notoriety that he and his gang members would achieve late in the 19th century. Hunted by law enforcement agencies across the region, Murray managed to elude capture. He was eventually murdered by an acquaintance seeking the reward money. By the time of his death, Murray's gang members had either been murdered, or lynched, and thus ended a time in Alachua County's history that was both fear-laden and exciting.« less
One interesting aspect of this book is the impression the reader receives that, in 1890s Florida, black citizens were respected members of the community. There does not seem to be any blatant display of bigotry. I can only assume the living conditions of that time period, requiring cooperation of all to maintain a decent living, led people to respect one another to some extent. Of course, it might also be the author didn't prefer to emphasize that aspect of life then.