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The Pinkerton Detective Agency

In the mid to late 19th century, there were few police forces, few public security forces, and the US Military was quite small.  Such times allowed for private security, law enforcement, and military forces to thrive.  The largest and most powerful private security firm in the world at the time was the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, founded in 1850 by Allan Pinkerton.  During the later half of the 1800’s, if you needed a stagecoach full of valuables guarded, needed to protect a train from robbers, needed the services of mercenaries, needed a private detective, or even needed a bounty hunter to hunt down a notorious outlaw, “The Pinkerton Guards” were your go to guys.

Most of the Agency’s services focused on providing security guards to protect wagons, trains, and stagecoaches transporting valuables, especially bank and payroll funds.  However the Pinkerton Agency could provide a large number of special agents for a variety of services.  During the American Civil War, the US Government hired Pinkerton Agents as bodyguards for Abraham Lincoln, other politicians, and Union Generals.  Unfortunately for Lincoln the man assigned as his bodyguard the night of his assassination was not a Pinkerton Guard, but an incompetent local police officer.  Pinkerton Agents could also serve as detectives, trackers, and bounty hunters.  In 1895 a Pinkerton Detective named Frank Geyer became famous for tracking down and apprehending the infamous serial killer H. H. Holmes, who operated a hotel in Chicago where he tortured, mutilated, and murdered somewhere between 27 to 200 people.  Perhaps the most famous case of the Pinkerton Detective Agency was their nationwide hunt for the “Hole in the Wall Gang”, a pursuit that was so dogged Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was forced to flee to South America.

At its height the Pinkerton Detective Agency had tens of thousands of employees and sported more armed men than the US Army.  In fact, in some cases the Pinkerton Agency could provided uniformed soldiers for private military contracts.  Despite the Agency’s wide variety of services, the Pinkerton’s became most notorious for their use by wealthy industrialists as strike breakers.  In the 1870’s Pinkerton Agents successfully infiltrated and broke up the “Molly Maguires” in the Pennsylvania coal mines.  Pinkerton Agents also took part in breaking mining strikes in Colorado and West Virginia, including the infamous Ludlow Massacre.  In 1892 300 Pinkerton Agents were hired by Henry Frick to protect Andrew Carnegie’s steel factories from striking workers in Homestead near Pittsburgh.  It is unknown who fired the first shot, but the agents opened fire on the strikers, killing 16 and wounding 23 others.

By the late 19th and early 20th centuries the Pinkerton Detective Agency began to decline as local, state, and federal government agencies began to take over their duties.  The Agency saw a revival during World War I and Prohibition.  Today the Pinkerton Detective Agency is now called “Pinkerton Corporate Risk Management” and operates as a security company under ownership of the Swedish company Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services, Inc.

Some unique facts about Jesse James


Jesse James was a notorious American outlaw, famed for his train robberies and Robin Hood image. Below are some odd facts about the “original cowboy”.

1.) He was married to his cousin- “Cousin Kissers” weren’t uncommon in the 19th century, but it doesn’t make it any less weird. Jesse was deeply in love with his cousin Zerelda, and the two had intercourse for the very first time at the age of 13.

2.) He had chronic Blepharitis - Records show that he was known for his excessive blinking and watery eyes, which was probably caused by a life-long condition of Blepharitis, a common (but annoying) eye infection that affects the tear ducts.

3.) He was shot with his own gun- Bounty hunter, Bob Foard shot Jesse while he was doing a bit of spring cleaning in his house. He snuck up behind him while he was dusting a picture and executed him at point blank range. Bob later toured the country performing a reenactment of the murder, making a hefty profit.

4.) He took his gang on his honeymoon- Jesse James was never far from his notorious crew, and couldn’t bear to be apart from them… even on his own honeymoon. While he was romancing his wife, he took the time to rob a stagecoach with them, much to her horror.

5.) After his death, his mother became rich, and not for the reason you may think- It wasn’t inheritance that put her in a wealthy position, but a rather morbid tourist attraction she set up: She would charge people money to view his grave, and a further sum to take pebbles from the display. She made thousands of dollars from this.

AU that I need at this very moment

It’s the Wild West

Codi is a notorious outlaw who’s managed to escape arrest several times. Your character is the ranger in charge of her capture.

You two clash often, and it’s normal for the meeting to end in a gunfight. But it’s just as common for it to end in some serious hatefucking.

At some point your character succeeds in catching the infamous criminal and sticks her in jail. But if the two are honest with each other, they know certain feelings have grown between them. Now your character faces a dilemma; do their job and make sure she stays put in jail, and inevitably hang her for her crimes, or let/help her escape.

anonymous asked:

Old West au: Ruby is a sheriff who wants to track down the notorious outlaw Sapphire. They track her into the desert, but their horse gets bit by a rattlesnake and dies. Sapphire finds Ruby almost dead from thirst and takes them back to her hideout and nurses them back to health. They fall in love, and Ruby must decide whether to capture Sapphire and bring her to justice, or to join her in a life of crime.

Aha, and consider this detail as well: whilst Sapphire is nursing Ruby back to health, they keep trying to arrest her, and during one point (after she’s used the stupid handcuffs to strap Ruby to the bed frame so they stop trying to stand and thrust their badge at her and then fainting from exhaustion) there’s an investigation outside the building. Sapphire slaps Ruby’s mouth shut, and begs them not to call out to the other law enforcers, and promises she’ll show them what she’s been doing. Ruby is conflicted, but agrees (so that, at the very least, they don’t gun the place to swiss cheese with them inside). As it turns out, Sapphire has been stealing things in order to pay for medical supplies for travelers that try to forge the giant canyon in front of her hideout.

Alternatively, Sapphire is the “Lady Masque” who throws on a new guise every time she sneaks into town and always makes it away with a small fortune and another dead man’s blood on her hands. Ruby is the new law-enforcer in town, posing as male because women aren’t allowed on the force. Spunky, confident, and determined to prove her worth, she undermines the sheriff’s command and chases after Sapphire, unprepared for the desert and with zero sense of direction. She manages to ambush the Lady Masque as she’s nearing a canyon wall, but in their tussle lose what bags Sapphire had into the ravine and have to save each other from following suit. Now without aid in the burning sun, and one of the horses having run off, the two deem it necessary to work together to find their way back to civilization. Sapphire believes all men are fools and liars, and refuses to do anything more than the bare basics for her companion, until a run-in with bandits and fight for their lives reveals that Ruby’s not what she’s been making herself out to be. 

Sapphire confesses that she’s only ever stolen from swindlers and murdered killers, and does so in the name of women across the West who have been wronged. They run off together with all the bandits’ stuff and start a gang of kickass cowboy amazonians. Ruby not only proves herself, but is now the sheriff of her own squad. Sapphire doesn’t have to masquerade alone anymore. They share witty banter while slaying the scum of the earth. Everything is gay. The end.