Montana Tragedy


Sheriff Harry Cosner and Undersheriff Harry Rutter fought Bill Hardee, a “demented criminal”, to bring justice to the raw frontier of Northeastern Montana. Bill was in the Valley County Jail in Glasgow, Montana, scheduled to be hung for the heinous murder of a teenage boy. He convinced the three other prisoners to escape with him. Twelve days later the lawmen and desperados rested: some safely in their homes; others in their graves. What brought these men to this tragic event? Childhood trauma, substance abuse, bad friendships, good friendships, Christian faith, strong brotherhood, exposure to harsh living conditions? How did each of them face their fate?

Publication Date: May 3, 2023
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