MORE NOTORIOUS OUTLAWS OF THE WILD WEST
Added on: 18th Jan 2015
An American train robber and outlaw, he started out as an honest
man who ran away from an abusive uncle and went to Mississippi
to work in a saw mill before becoming a cowboy in Texas. In 1876,
he and a rough character named Joel Collins were supposed to drive a
herd of longhorns up north where they fetched higher prices, but
they stole them and split the $8,000 profit between themselves and
spent it on gambling. They also got into stagecoach and train robberies
where they netted $60,000 from the gold train, the largest robbery of
the Union Pacific. He was wounded by a Texas Ranger during one of
their heists and died two days later on his 27th birthday.
An alleged cattle rustler, he was unjustly hanged along with
‘Cattle Kate Wilson’ by a faction of cattle barons, which has
become one of the many incidents that led to the Johnson County War.
He was a military man who was initially assigned to Fort Douglas,
Utah and Fort McKinley, Wyoming, near Buffalo. While in Buffalo,
he shot and killed a man, but was never convicted. He later became
a homestead owner who defied large cattle baron, Albert J. Bothwell.
As the dispute lingered into months, he and Cattle Kate were branded
as outlaws and eventually killed.
THOMAS COLEMAN YOUNGER
An American Confederate guerrilla-turned outlaw, he became a
member of the James-Younger gang along with his younger siblings,
Jim, John and Bob with Jesse and Frank James. He joined the
Confederate Army after the murder of his father, but became one of
the suspects in the 1868 robbery of Nimrod Long & Co. in Kentucky.
Besides banks, they also robbed stage coaches and trains but their luck ran
out in a botched bank robbery on September 7, 1876. He and his brothers
pleaded guilty to avoid the death sentence and were later paroled.
Born Nathaniel Ellsworth Wyatt, Zip was also known for his other aliases,
Wild Charlie and Dick Yeager. His father who was frequently
arrested for drunkenness and disorderly conduct was known in
Guthrie, Oklahoma as ‘Old Six-Shooter Bill;’ while his older brother,
Nim, a professional gambler, was known as ‘Six-Shooter Jack.’ His life
as an outlaw started on June 3, 1891 when he shot up the town of Mulhall
and wounded two citizens. While evading arrests, he became
involved in a life of crimes including a number of robberies and other crimes.
Known as Deacon Jim because he regularly attended the
Methodist church and did not smoke or drink, he was also a paid
assassin with a going rate of $150 to $2000. He ambushed his victims
at night wearing a black frock coat, so as not to be easily detected.
He was also credited for killing 12 people during gunfights, but was
eventually lynched by angry mobs for killing a former Deputy US Marshal.
BONNIE AND CLYDE
If there were outlaws that became legends for living fast and
dying young, the duo of Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Champion Barrow
takes the cake as shown in the 1967 film ‘Bonnie and Clyde.’ They formed
the band the Barrow Gang, along with Clyde’s brother and sister-in-law
Buck and Blanche as they went on a robbing and killing spree across
Texas, Missouri, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. They were killed in
Louisiana by police rangers while attempting to evade arrest.
A Chickasaw cowboy, he joined Billy the Kid’s gang, the Regulators,
but later quitted to return to his people. As a gunfighter for the gang
he killed a number of people including several sheriffs. After he left the
gang, he became a prominent politician among the Chickasaw nation until
his death at the age of 42, before he could start serving as their governor.
THE SUNDANCE KID
Also known as Harry Alonzo Longabaugh, he was an outlaw and
member of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch Gang, which was known
for the longest strings of successful train and bank robberies in history.
He got his moniker when he was caught and convicted for horse
thievery in Sundance, Wyoming. He and Robert LeRoy Parker formed a
gang after he was released from prison in 1896 and it was believed that
he was killed in a shootout in Bolivia, though his family members refuted it.