Did rogues and scofflaws shape the way South Dakota culture appears today? Whether they did or not, South Dakotans are fascinated by the men and women who turned their noses at the law and lived the way they wanted. A special feature in the November/December 2011 issue of “South Dakota Magazine” explores those interesting characters.
None epitomize the reckless frontier way of life like Gustave Kammel, who lived on a Hand County farm in Plato Township, south of Rockham. Kammel poisoned his wife so he could return to the Old Country and marry a young woman, or so he said. Kammel was caught and died in the Miller jail.
A section of “Bring on the Pioneers” by Scott Heidepriem covers the Mary Kammel murder.
South Dakota Magazine is published in Yankton.