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'Notorious Incidents' Of The Ozarks, And Ex-KC Chief Ryan O'Callaghan Struggled To Come Out

Jeffrey Beall
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After the Civil War, violence and crime continued in the Missouri Ozarks, highlighted by gun fights, murders and lynchings. Today, we learn about that region's "Wild West" years and the vigilantes who prowled the territory. Then, Ryan O'Callaghan grappled for years with suicidal thoughts and hiding his homosexuality. The former lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs, and the psychologist he first came out to, discuss his journey to living as an openly gay man.

Larry Wood, author of 'Ozarks Gunfights and Other Notorious Incidents,' will discuss that region's vigilantism and violent past at the Kansas City Public Library's Central Library at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 25. Visit KCLibrary.org for more information.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.