Read a short story in Black Warrior Review, 36.1: Anthony Luebbert's "I wore a cumberbund, just in case" and Jehanne Dubrow's essay, "The Lieutenant's Wife."
Read "The Man Who Knew Belle Starr" by Richard Bausch. A young woman hitches a ride with an ex-con and she's the murderer. (Evidently, this short story was the basis for the movie of the same name. I'd like to see it.)