Olds Prairie Murders

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A fictional series of murders created by Tony Hillerman in his 1978 Navajo detecitve novel Listening Woman. In the novel, Detective Joe Leaporn has never heard of the Olds Prairies Murders, which are described as an attack by Texas Rangers on a Kiowa camp in West Texas, which killed 11 children and 3 adults. While the Texas Rangers did engage in a lot of battles with the tribes of Texas under the guise of "protecting the state," this particular event seems to be created for the purposes of fictional exposition.

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"A Kiowa ledger painting possibly depicting the Buffalo Wallow battle in 1874, a fight between Southwern Plains Indians and the U.S. Army during the Red River War, 1874"

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