Episode 125: Deal with the Consequences Later: Vigilantes

There is a time honored tradition in America of elevating the heroes amongst us, who are willing to take matters into their own hands. They quickly become legends. We seem to love an antihero, and at no time was this more apparent than in the 1970s. The heyday of the vigilante film, saw such classics as Shaft, Taxi Driver, Foxy Brown, and Dirty Harry hit screens for the first time. So, what does this tell us (other than that Tarantino was a child of this era)? What can we learn by looking at the people who are willing to put their lives on the line to either preserve an order that benefits them, or upends system that oppresses them? Can extralegal justice ever be a good thing? Join us this week as we talk about historical vigilantes, from twelfth century Gaul, to the Wild West, to World War I and the legends they have become.





The Fateful Numbers 3-7-77: A Re-Examination Rex C. Myers Montana: The Magazine of Western History Vol. 24, No. 4 (Autumn, 1974

The Vigilantes of Montana

Priests and Prospectors: A History of Montana, Volume II

Association Montana Troopers

New theory turns up about 3-7-77 – Helena Independent Record

“The Lawmen Faced the Outlaws, No Badge Upon a Breast:” Historical Memory and the Legacy of Henry Plummer and the Montana Vigilantes Melissa Poindexter Thomasma

Where The West Was Lurid – NYTs

Post-Katrina ‘vigilante’ violence: rumor or fact? – CSM

“We’ll Deal with the Consequences Later”: The Cajun Navy and the Vigilante Future of Disaster Relief

New Evidence Surfaces in Post-Katrina Crimes

New Evidence in Post-Katrina Vigilante Shooting – Frontline

Tales of Post Katrina Violence – NYTs

Trial set in long-delayed post-Katrina racial shooting case – Times Picayune

In Algiers, citizen sentries – Times Picayune

Who’s Killing New Orleans? – Nicole Gelinas, City Journal

After Katrina, New Orleans Cops Were Told They Could Shoot Looters, Pro Publica

Oxford Vigilance Committee

American Films of the 70s: Conflicting Visions By Peter Lev

Death Wish: Revisiting the Violent Revenge Fantasy of the 80s – Den of Geek

Death Wish and the Golden Age of Vigilante Movies – Den of Geek

Vigilante films, an American tradition – LA Times

The vigilantes of Montana, or, Popular justice in the Rocky Mountains by Thomas Dimsdale

A Rope for a Rat – True West

Neo-noir: The New Film Noir Style from Psycho to Collateral By Ronald Schwartz

Reversible Destiny: Mafia, Antimafia, and the Struggle for Palermo By Jane Schneider, Peter T. Schneider

Secret Places, Hidden Sanctuaries: Uncovering Mysterious Sites, Symbols, and … By Stephen Klimczuk, Gerald Warner

The Secret Tribunals of Westphalia – The Saint Pauls Magazine, Volume 5 edited by Anthony Trollope

Memoirs of the Secret Societies of the South of Italy, Particularly the … By Jakob L. S. Bartholdy

he mysteries of Palermo: who were the Beati Paoli?

The Holy Vehm, The Secret Societies of All Ages and Countries, Volume 1 By Charles William Heckethorn

From the ‘Black-hooded’ Vehme to the Ku Klux Klan BY TERRY MELANSON ·

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: America’s Dark Obsession With Vigilante Justice – Time

Pam Grier on ‘Foxy Brown’ and Black Feminism

‘Gulabi Gang’ leader urges women to take up arms against illicit acts

Sampat Pal: The Lady in Pink – OPEN

Gulabi Gang leader on Congress ticket mum on rape-accused SP man – The New Indian Express

Banda sisters – The Guardian

Meet the Woman Behind India’s Pink Vigilantes – Daily Beast

The Lost Promise of Patriotism and World War I (Part I) – EIA

The Home Front Encyclopedia: United States, Britain, and Canada in World Wars I and II, Volume 1

Journal of Medieval Military History, Volume 8 Clifford J. Rogers, John France, Kelly DeVries

Mercenaries in the age of the Crusades – Weapons and Warfare

Policing the Homefront: From Vigilance to Vigilantism – Christopher Capozzola

Popular Science June 1880

The Vigilante Mystique – WaPo

The History of France: Civil and Military, Ecclesiastical, Political, Literary, Commercial, &c. &c. from the Time of Its Conquest by Clovis, A.D. 486, Volume 5


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