NOTORIOUS OUTLAWS OF THE WILD WEST
Added on: 28th Dec 2014
In the 125-year plus years since his death, his legend lives on
as debates continue about the exact crimes that John Henry ‘Doc’ Holliday
committed. He earned a DDS degree in dentistry before he became a
renowned gambler and gunfighter. He moved to the southwest when he
was diagnosed with tuberculosis at age 15, which is where he took up
gambling and acquired a reputation as a deadly gunman.
THOMAS EDWARD KETCHUM
Black Jack was a cowboy who later turned to a life of crime after
leaving Texas in 1890. He joined several other outlaws of the
Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, which focused on robbing trains and ranches.
He was hanged in 1901 after being caught during one of the train robberies.
JOHN JOSHUA WEBB
A noted lawman before he turned to being a gunfighter and an outlaw,
Webb was a high profile criminal who used his connections to his
advantage. He was convicted for murder and after an unsuccessful jail
break attempt; he fled to Texas and changed his name to Samuel King,
where he died of smallpox in 1882.
Born Hyman G. Neil, the leader of the Dodge City Gang that terrorized
Las Vegas, New Mexico from 1879 to early 1880 was considered to be the
baddest cowboy of them all. He used his high ranking political position
to cover up most of the gang’s crimes, but the citizens of Las Vegas had
enough of his corruption and they organized vigilantes to overthrow
him in the summer of 1880.
Born Crawford Goldsby, Cherokee Bill was a 19th century outlaw who
was known to have a quick trigger finger. He and his gang terrorized
the Indian Territory for over two years before he was hanged on
March 17, 1896 at the age of 20. His crime spree began when he was
just 18 years old after shooting Jake Lewis for beating up his younger
brother. He joined with outlaws Jim and Bill Cook and began terrorizing
Oklahoma until his apprehension.
ISAAC “IKE” BLACK
An outlaw in Kansas and Oklahoma, he first got into trouble with the
law for stealing cattle in Kansas, though he became more notorious for
teaming with the outlaw fugitive Zip Wyatt in early 1890’s. The pair formed
a gang and made numerous robberies in the area including the well
known post office in Arapaho and the Hightower Store.
HENRY NEWTON BROWN
Both lawman and outlaw during his life, he rode with Billy the Kid’s
gang as they rustled cattle. After the Kid returned to Mexico, he decided
to stay in Texas and took a job as a deputy sheriff in Oldham County.
He was later fired for picking fights with drunks and was hired as an
assistant marshal in Caldwell. He cleaned the tough town quickly, which
gave him the title, ‘one of the quickest men on the trigger in the Southwest.’
However, he reverted back to his old outlaw ways and was involved in a
shootout during a bank robbery. He was lynched by an angry mob in 1884.
THE BLOODY ESPINOSAS
A gang made up of cousins led by brothers Felipe and Jose, they
were feared by the residents of the Colorado Territory in 1863. They all
came from Vera Cruz, Mexico where they had witnessed the killings of
six of their family members when their town was shelled during the
Mexican-American War. They also claimed their land grant was not being
honoured due to an increasing number of white settlers squatting
in their property. Eventually, they resorted to horse stealing and
murdering white settlers. They were later killed after being tracked down
by the US Cavalry.
WILLIAM “CURLY BILL” BROCIUS
A gunman, rustler and an outlaw cowboy in Cochise County, he was
called ‘Curly Bill’ due to his thick, curly head. He became a leader in
one of the Cowboy gangs of cattle rustlers in Tombstone, Arizona. He was
also a heavy-drinker and while working as a tax collector had accidentally
killed Marshal Fred White. He was acquitted and even Wyatt Earp testified
at his defence. However, he later shot and killed him in retaliation for
the death of his brother, Morgan Earp.