About  the Author

      

 C. R. ‘Randy’ King has worked in the Broadcast industry most of his adult life.  A father of two beautiful daughters, now grown and is a avid student of American History, he spent most of his life working, raising a family, involved in community affairs putting his one passion aside until a few years back.  King has had in several articles published in historical journals and magazines but has had a desire to share his knowledge with the general public in a format that is a pleasing and easy to read without all of the end notes that his articles normally have but to include as much factual data without the mundane. 

 

His interest in history, started at a young age, researching all aspect of American history. He has honed in on the ''Wild west". Television shows such as Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Tombstone, Wagon Train, Rawhide, and Gunsmoke which captured his attention, but were just the tip of the iceberg.  Motion pictures―with stars such as Glenn Ford, John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Randolph Scott, Burt Lancaster, and Clint Eastwood―were also major influences, allowing his imagination to go wild.

      

But soon television and movies weren’t enough. He developed a thirst for the truth, going to the library to check out biographies on a host of outlaws among these Billy the Kid, Wild Bill Hickok, and Jesse James.  However, these biographies did not quench his thirst for the truth, as they were more about the legend rather than reality of the man.  The story tellers glossed over the truth, and the portrayals of these men were romanticized, not real.

 

The Last Deputy  written in novel form is based on factual events. It is about a man who worked for the Los Angeles Police Department between 1900 and 1909, fired for corruption but re-hired as a private policeman (bounty hunter) to work with legendary frontier lawman, Wyatt Earp.

 

The book A Fraternity of Gunslingers: True Stories of Wild West Gunslingers, vol 1 & 2 is the first of  a series of two book thus far, aimed at the general audience and as factual as one can be. Each chapter tells why we consider the western frontier "wild" Stories are, factual, and condensed to allow the reader a glimpse of the measure of the man be he lawman, outlaw or both.  Vol. 2 , of the same title is a continuation of the first volume approximately 40% larger with over forty gunslingers, both men and women. 

 Mr King's books will delight the reader and perk up one's interest in the true Old west but beware not all stories have happy endings. 

 

 Lies & Betrayal, is based on true facts between 1998 and 2014, it involves police and DA corruption, sex, drugs, guns. police corruption, and much more.  It is a powerful story, The cover by photographer Stacey B. Higgins.  Model is Joy E. Morris. 

In addition Mr. King has written articles for the online magazine Vocal and is a recognized professional speaker on various historical topics, and is registered with the California's Conference of Historical Societies. 

  C. R.  King has worked in the Broadcast industry most of his adult life.  A father of two beautiful daughters, now grown and a avid student of American History, he spent most of his life working, raising a family, involved in community affairs putting his one passion aside until a few years back.  King has had in several articles published in historical journals and magazines but has had a desire to share his knowledge with the general public in a format that is a pleasing and easy to read with out all of the end notes that his articles normally have but to include as much factual data without the mundane. 

 

       His interest in history, started at a young age, researching all aspect of American history. He has honed in on the ''Wild West". Television shows such as Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Tombstone, Wagon Train, Rawhide, and Gunsmoke which captured his attention, but were just the tip of the iceberg.  Motion pictures―with stars such as Glenn Ford, John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Randolph Scott, Burt Lancaster, and Clint Eastwood―were also major influences, allowing his imagination to go wild.

But soon television and movies weren’t enough. He developed a thirst for the truth, going to the library to check out biographies on a host of outlaws among these Billy the Kid, Wild Bill Hickok, and Jesse James.  However, these biographies did not quench his thirst for the truth, as they were more about the legend rather than reality of the man.  The story tellers glossed over the truth, and the portrayals of these men were romanticized, not real.

 

    In addition he has worked with the History Academy in Gettysburg, PA and was crucial in the research, development, budging, various shows for presentation to a variety of cable networks including the History Channel, National Geographic, and the Military Channel. These productions include Battlefield Treasures, Men of War, and The Solar Odyssey. He has been published in the Wild West Historical Association’s Journal and in the Tombstone Times. 

 

Lies & Betrayal 

    In addition to the western theme book, King venture to modern times with this book, Lies & Betrayal a story a novel based on true events that occurred between 1998 and 2014, it involves police and D.A. corruption, sex, drugs, thief, and much more.

 

Western Books by King

     The Last Deputy is  based on facts written in novel form. The book A Fraternity of Gunslingers: True Stories of Wild West Gunslingers, is the first volume of a series of three books, aimed at the general audience and as factual as one can be.  Each chapter tells why we consider the western frontier “wild."  These stories are, factual, and condensed to allow the reader a glimpse of the measure of the man be he lawman, outlaw, or both.  A Fraternity of Gunslingers: True Stories of Wild West Gunmen vol. 2, is a continuation of the first volume approximately 40% longer, and includes over forty gunslingers, including  eight women. 

Additional  Interests

    Mr. King has been placed on California's Conference of Historical Societies as a historical and public speaker on various historical subjects and have written or Vocal an online magazine 

     

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