Plummer is the sheriff of Bannock, Montana in the 1860's but runs a criminal gang as a source of wealth. When another stage is robbed Matt and Frankie arrive to find out who is behind the crime spree responsible for the deaths of so many.

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Plummer is the sheriff of Bannock, Montana in the 1860's but runs a criminal gang as a source of wealth. When another stage is robbed Matt and Frankie arrive to find out who is behind the crime spree responsible for the deaths of so many.

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13 May 1954 (USA)  »

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"No wonder this is a criminal's paradise."
2 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It seems that the series "Stories of the Century" did a more credible job of telling the tale of lesser known outlaws like Henry Plummer than it did with big names like Billy the Kid or the James Gang. Perhaps that's because the historical figures who became household names had compiled a legend based not only on fact but a good degree of dime novel fiction and boastful word of mouth.

As related here, Henry Plummer (John Dehner) was elected sheriff of Bannack, Montana in 1863, and very quickly the number of robberies and murders increased significantly in the area. Although it wasn't mentioned in the story, Plummer's band of road agent bandits came to be known as the 'Innocents'. In my brief research of Plummer's history, I didn't find anything to do with the sailor's knot trademark used in this episode, so perhaps that was made up to add some color to the story.

As depicted, with lawlessness on the rise under Plummer's jurisdiction, a number of citizens formed a vigilante committee and went after Plummer and his gang. On January 10th, 1864, the outlaw sheriff and two of his henchman, including Ned Ray (Lane Bradford) were arrested and hanged. Railroad Detective Matt Clark's (Jim Davis) narration at the end of the chapter states that Plummer's gang was responsible for one hundred and three murders while they terrorized Bannack, but my quick research didn't reveal that many victims.


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