G.R. WILLIAMSON. The Last Texas Outlaw


G.R. WILLIAMSON. The Last Texas Outlaw. Indian Head. Trade paperback, 237 pages, $19.95, OldTimeTexas.com.

How often does a writer get to interview a real life outlaw who rode a horse for his first bank job? G.R. Williamson did shortly before the death of Willis Newton (age 90). Newton and his gang, which often included some of his brothers, robbed trains and more than 70 banks. Their 1924 train holdup outside of Rondout, Illinois (netting $3 million), holds the record for the biggest train robbery in U.S. history. Williamson’s book is a fascinating inside look at life from the criminal’s mind.