June 6, 2009

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The Soapy Smith gang in Denver often posed as wealthy merchants and tycoons of the mining industry while scouting for prey in the lobby and saloon located in the Windsor Hotel on the north-west corner of Larimer and Eighteenth streets.

The city seems to be overrun with “bunko men,” highway robbers, common thieves and cutthroats. Their tricks are seldom made known to the public, except in cases of a very glaring nature where secrecy cannot be maintained, and if anything, the boldness of their operators has become much greater and their scene of operations much extended. In nine cases out of ten the victim himself pleads for secrecy, for be it known, these are men caught in these nets who would rather die than be found out.

~Rocky Mountain News, Aug. 29, 1880

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