Outlaw Gangs

Fleagle Gang (1920s) – The Fleagle Gang robbed banks and committed murder in Kansas, Colorado and California during the 1920s. They were found and executed or killed after robbing the First National Bank in Lamar, Colorado. More …

Flores-Daniel Gang (1856-1857) – Led by Juan Flores and Pancho Daniel, the gang raided southern California, stealing horses, cattle, and robbing travelers along the roadways, sometimes leaving their victims dead. See Article HERE.

High Fives Gang (1890’s) – Also referred to as the Christian Gang, led by “Black Jack” Will Christian and his brother, Bob, from Oklahoma, the gang operated in New Mexico and Arizona after the Christian brothers escaped from a Guthrie, Oklahoma jail in 1895.

Hole-in-the-Wall-Gang – Active in the 1880s-1890s in the Hole-in-the-Wall Pass of the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming, the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang was not one organized gang of outlaws, but rather, was made up of several separate groups and individuals who made their hideouts within the pass in Johnson County, Wyoming. See Article HERE.

Henry Plummer

Henry Plummer

Innocents Gang – The Innocents were an alleged gang of outlaw road agents in Montana Territory who operated during the gold rush of the 1860s, preying on shipments and travelers carrying gold between Bannack and Virginia City.

James Gang (1879-1882) – Three years after the demise of the James-Younger Gang, when the Youngers were arrested in Northfield, Minnesota, Jesse James put together another group to continue on with his criminal career. The gang’s members were comprised of Jesse and Frank James, Ed Clell, brothers, Robert and Charley Ford, Bill Ryan, Dick Liddel, James “Windy Jim” Cummings, and brothers, Wood and Clarence Hite. With members coming and going during various crimes, the gang robbed banks, stagecoaches, and trains in Missouri, Kentucky, Iowa, Arkansas, Kansas, and West Virginia up until Bob Ford killed Jesse James on April 3, 1882.

James-Younger Gang (1866-1882) – After the Civil War, the James and Younger brothers hooked up, robbing banks, trains and stage coaches for ten years, becoming the most famous outlaw gang in America’s history. See Full Article HERE.

Jennings Gang (1897) – This short-lived gang operated only a few months making several failed train robbery attempts in 1897, before all were arrested or killed.  Comprised of Al and Frank Jennings, former Doolin Gang member, Little Dick West, and brothers Morris and Pat O’Malley, the short-lived gang operated only a few months making several failed train robbery attempts in 1897. After blowing up a railroad car that held a safe, and finding no “booty” for their efforts, they robbed the train passengers. A few weeks later, they robbed a store, making off with just $15. The Jennings and O’Malley brothers were soon arrested and sent to jail. Little Dick West remained on the “lamb” until the next year, when he was killed on April 8, 1898, by Deputy U.S. Marshals in Logan County, Oklahoma Territory.

Jesse Evans Gang – The Boys (1872-1879) – Lead by Jesse Evans, this gang was actively involved in cattle rustling and armed robbery in New Mexico in the early 1870’s. See Article HERE.

Ketchum Gang (1896-1899) – Made up of a revolving list of members, the Ketchum Gang was led by Black Jack Ketchum. The gang robbed retail businesses, post offices and trains in New Mexico. See Article HERE.

John Kinney Gang (1870’s-1883) – Also known as the Rio Grande Posse, the Kinney Gang were successful cattle rustlers and hired gunmen in New Mexico, primarily operating in Dona Ana County in the early 1870’s. In 1877 they hired out to fight in the El Paso Salt War and the following year, made their guns available to the DolanMurphy faction in the Lincoln County War. Upon their arrival in Lincoln County, John Kinney was deputized by Sheriff George Peppin. With his gang acting as his posse, they were given the freedom to run rampant in the county. Once the “war” was over, most of the gang members returned to Dona Ana County and their profitable cattle rustling activities. However, a few of them remained and joined up with another gang called Selman’s Scouts. The Kinney Gang continued to flourish until leader John Kinney was arrested in April, 1883.  Convicted of cattle rustling, Kinney spent the next three years in prison, and by the time he was released his men had scattered.

Lee Gang (1885) – In the mid 1880’s, Cooke County, Texas, on the northern border of the Lone Star State, and the Chickasaw Nation just north in Indian Territory, were plagued by a gang of horse and livestock thieves led by James Lee and his brothers, Tom and Pink. See Full Article HERE.

David McCanles

David McCanles

McCanles Gang Led by David McCanles (or by some accounts, McCandless), this group of men were allegedly wanted for robbing banks and trains, cattle rustling, murder, and horse theft in the early 1860’s.

McCarty Gang (1892-1893) – The McCarty Gang was run by Tom McCarty, who was one of the first to introduce Butch Cassidy to the life of banditry. Tom was married to Teenie Christanson, sister to Willard Christianson, aka, Matt Warner. Somewhere around 1892, Tom, his brother, Bill, and brother-in-law, Matt Warner, held up a bank in Roslyn, Washington. When an angry crowd approached him, he opened fire, wounding two men. The next year, the McCarty brothers, along with their nephew, Fred McCarty robbed a bank in Delta, Colorado, in which, Tom shot a killed the cashier, A.T. Blachey. When citizens heard the gunfire, they rushed the bank and shot and killed Tom’s brother, Bill, and his nephew. Tom McCarty was able to escape and fled to Montana where he settled down and worked as a sheepherder. However, around 1900, he was killed in a gunfight in Bitteroot County.

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