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Much like today,
have never been uncommon in history; however, there are few criminals
that get the recognition of those that lived in America's
Civil War, many of the men who had become accustomed to violence, and often
having lost their lands or fortunes, turned quickly to the other side
of the law.
As these many
tales were taking place on the American Frontier, those puritan folks
in the east, longing for adventure and entertainment, greedily
absorbed every word of the shocking newspaper headlines and the
exaggerated tales in "dime novels" that were often published before an
even had time to escape, was jailed, or was killed in a shoot-out.
Still today, those tales of
remain popular, more than a century after their deaths.
Carl Adamson - Rode with
Jim Miller, and was allegedly
involved in the killing of
Pat Garrett in
on February, 28, 1908.
Epeminto Aguelari - An
outlaw who killed Jose A. Samora
New Mexico on April 20, 1884.
Ceberiano Aguilar - An
outlaw who fought and died in the
Horrell War of Lincoln County,
New Mexico in 1874.
Donaciano Aguilar - An
outlaw who was sentenced to life
on November 24, 1909.
Reymundo Aguilar - A
outlaw who fought and died in the
Horrell War of Lincoln County,
Felix Aguillan -
Outlaw member of the Castillo Gang.
Jermin Aguirre (18??-1875) - A member of the Mes Gang,
which competed with the
John Kinney Gang in
On August 8, 1875, Aguirre, along with Jesus Mes, Pas Mes, and Tomas
Madril were ambushed and killed by the
John Kinney Gang and
near the San Augustin Ranch.
Alamosa Bill - An
outlaw allegedly involved with
Billy the Kid sometimes, who was killed in El Paso,
Texas, in April 1888.
Eugenio Alarid - A crooked lawman and
outlaw, Alarid was
a member of the
police force and a member of
White Caps Gang.
At the request of
Silva, Alarid, along with to more crooked
lawmen, Jose Chavez y Chavez, and
Julian Trujillo lynched Patricio Maes on October 22, 1892. All three men were eventually arrested for the murder of
Maes and sentenced to life in prison.
Nasario Alarid - An
outlaw, he was finally captured and sentenced to ninety-nine years in
prison on September 17, 1906.
John Alexander (18??-1874) - An
outlaw and horse thief,
Alexander was shot and killed by a mob in Belton,
Texas when they caught
him trying to steal horses on May 25, 1874.
William Alexander (18??-??) - A Mexican-American who was convicted of
murdering his business partner on October 21, 1889. He hired a shrewd
lawyer and though found guilty, was one few spared from the hanging
ended up walking free.
Bill Allen -
outlaw and robber, Allen occasionally rode with the
Jesse Evans Gang.
George Alford - A
outlaw, Alford was imprisoned for
five years for killing a sheriff in 1880 at Fort Worth,
Allen - An
outlaw in Lincoln County,
Allen was jailed for stabbing a man in White Oaks,
outlaw, Allen robbed and killed a group of people in
Montana and was hanged by vigilantes.
Charles Allen, aka: Big
- After the turn of the century, Big Time Charlie ran one of the most
illicit prostitution rings in Denver,
James Allen -
outlaw, Allen killed James Moorehead in
allegedly over a dispute about eggs on March. 2, 1880. He was sent to
prison but escaped and later killed by a pursuing posse.
Joseph Allen (18??-1909) - A
gunfighter who was involved
in a bitter feud in Ada,
Oklahoma, was later arrested for the murder of
Gus Bobbitt. On April 19, 1909 a vigilante mob of 150-200 men stormed
the jail, and dragged out Allen, along with
Jim Miller, Jesse West, and D.B. Burrell. The four were hanged in an abandoned barn behind the jail.
(18??-1889) - Wanted for gunning down two men in July, 1888 in the
Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, Allen was involved in a vicious
gunfight with Deputy Marshal McAlester and his posse. Wounded in the arm
he was taken back to
where the arm was amputated shortly before he was hanged on April 19,
Charles Allison - A
Allison was appointed deputy sheriff of Conjos County, >
but soon organized a band of
Robbing stages between
he was captured in 1881 by Sheriff Matt
Kyle and sent to prison. He was released in 1890.
Jack "Red Jack" Almer, aka: Jack Averill (18??-1883) - Leader
Red Jack Gang operating in
killed by a posse in 1883
Wade Alsup - A
outlaw, Alsup was lynched by 15
masked men in Blue,
Texas on June 27, 1877.
Juan Alvarid - A vicious Mexican
outlaw, Juan was
lynched in Socorro,
New Mexico , on August 16, 1882, for raping an
8 year-old girl.
Leonard Alverson - A thief and smuggler, Alverson was
accused, with two other men, of robbing a post office at Steins Pass,
New Mexico on
December 9, 1897. Though he was guilty of other crimes, this one he had
not committed. He and the other men were imprisoned, but in 1899, Thomas
Black Jack Ketchum confessed to the crime and the three men were freed.
Alvord (1866-1910) - An Arizona
outlaw in the
1890's when he began to drink too much.
Martin Amador - A
outlaw, Amador was hanged
for murder in Deming, on January 13, 1908.
Fred Amos - An
outlaw and highwayman in
California in the
late 1860s, Amos was captured and sentenced to ten years prison for a
holdup. One story ways that after the sentencing, he asked the judge to
play a game of seven-up with him, double or nothing. Fred lost and got
twenty years in San Quentin.
David L. Anderson, aka: William "Billy” Wilson, Buffalo Bill
(1862-1918) - Most commonly known as
"Billy Wilson," he was a member of
Billy the Kid’s Gang of rustlers. He was later
sheriff of Terrell County,
James "Jim” Anderson - Brother to
William "Bloody Bill" Anderson, Jim rode with
Quantrill's Raiders during the
Civil War and
later joined the
Gang. He was killed by another gang member.
Hank Andrews - A
outlaw, Andrews was lynched
by vigilantes in February 1884 near Tularosa.
Justin Anjo - A
outlaw, Anjo was lynched for
shooting a man to death on July 12, 1877.
Ernest Anthony -
Outlaw horse thief, Anthony was jailed
New Mexico in March 1885.
Henry Antrim - See
Bonney, aka: Billy the Kid
(1867-1894?) - Accused of a murder he didn't commit, the
fled and was soon blamed for virtually every unsolved crime in Arizona.
Maximo Apodaca (18??-1885) - An
outlaw and murderer, Apodaca was convicted of murdering the Nesmith family in White Sands,
New Mexico. Sent to prison, he committed suicide in prison in 1885.
Bill Applegate - Applegate led a gang of rustlers in
New Mexico during the 1870’s.
Nicholas Aragon - An
outlaw who sometimes rode with
Billy the Kid, Aragon was a cattle rustler and murderer. When tracked down by
Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff Jasper Corn on October 26, 1884, Aragon
shot him. When he was tracked down once again by Lincoln County Sheriff
John Poe and a posse on January 27, 1885, the killer shot down Deputy
Sheriff John Hurley. Only after he was shot and wounded did he finally
surrender. Convicted of murder, he was sentenced to life in prison.
Doroteo Arango Arámbula, aka: Francisco ''Pancho'' Villa
Outlaw, cattle rustler, and Mexican revolutionist, Pancho
made numerous successful raids along the U.S. border. He was
assassinated in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico in 1923.
James Arcine (or
Arcene) (18??-1885) -
Arcine and William Parchmeal killed a traveler named Henry Feigel as he
was making his way through Indian Territory in 1872. Thirteen years
later they were finally arrested, convicted, and hanged at
June 26, 1885.
(18??-1886) - The leader of the
Archer Brothers Gang,
who terrorized Indiana in the mid-1880's, he and three of his brothers
were hanged when they were finally caught.
(18??-1862) - A horse thief, Arnett chose to shoot it out rather than
being arrested and was shot.
David Arguello - Convicted of murdering Colorado peace
officer, Francisco Garcia on October 19, 1905, Arguello was legally
hanged in Raton,
New Mexico on May 25, 1906.
"Arizona Jack" - A gunman and teamster, was lynched at
Wagon Bed Springs,
Kansas Territory, for shooting to death another
(1901-1909) - Organized in 1901 to protect Arizona Territory from
and rustlers. After accomplishing their goals, they were disbanded in 1909.
Jack Armstrong - An
New Mexico who
killed a bartender over the price of a drink.
John Barclay Armstrong (1850-1913) - He enlisted
with the Travis Rifles in 1871 and joined the
Texas Rangers in 1875, where he
helped in the capture John King Fisher in 1874 and tracked and captured John
Wesley Hardin in 1877. He retired as a captain in 1882 and died May 1, 1913.
Willis Arrington - A
outlaw, Arrington was charged
with rustling cattle in 1881.
George Ashby - A horse thief that operated in
Montana, Ashby killed a sheriff near the Powder River in
Joe Asque (18??-1877?) - When
outlaw cattle rustler was
captured near Hillsboro,
New Mexico, he was lynched around 1877.
outlaw was able to cut himself down from the hangman’s
noose and escaped.
David Atkins (18??-1964) - An
outlaw and member of the
Black Jack Ketchum gang, Atkins robbed trains throughout
Texas, and Arizona. He broke with the gang in 1898. Two years later
he arrested in
Montana for a
Texas murder and was extradited. Out on
bail, he escaped and would not be recaptured until 1911. Convicted of
murder, it is amazing that he only received five years in prison. He
died in 1964, having spent his last 32 years in a mental institution.
Harris Austin (18??-1890)
- A murderer in the Chickasaw Nation of
Indian Territory, Austin was
captured by U.S. Deputy William Carr
Arkansas on January 16, 1890.
James Averell or (Averill) (1851-1889) -
Wyoming cattle rustler
who was not guilty, Averell was hanged, along with
"Cattle Kate" Watson, by a cattle baron faction in
1889, just one of the many incidents that led to the Johnson County War.
Genovevo Avila - A Mexican native who was a member of
White Caps Gang.
Jesus Avott - A horse thief who escaped with the
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