Beginning a few months after Claude Dallas murdered two game wardens in 1981 and extending into 1984, I searched for why a cop-killer became a folk hero. The result was "Outlaw: The True Story of Claude Dallas."
What I found was that the brutal murders had distinctly divided opinion in the Idaho-Oregon-Nevada region. Some wanted to lynch Dallas. Others actively helped him to remain at large and, when captured, to escape. My facts have never been disputed, even in Calendar's reckless "Manhunt--How True?" (by Jennifer Leonard and David Johnston, Oct. 26).
Charging "alleged inaccuracies," their piece offered nothing but innuendo and outright fabrication about my book. The writers limited themselves to a handful of sources guaranteed to be negative about Dallas--members of one victim's family, a local sheriff and the author of a late-arriving "other" book about the incident.
My problem is not with their opinion of my book, but with Calendar's use of their opinion as proof of inaccuracy. In fact, not a single proof is offered.