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After the 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 outlaw 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 outlaw even had time to escape, was jailed, or was killed in a shoot-out.
Epeminto Aguelari – An outlaw who killed Jose A. Samora at Wallace, 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 imprisonment in New Mexico on November 24, 1909.
Reymundo Aguilar – A outlaw who fought and died in the Horrell War of Lincoln County, New Mexico in 1874.
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 New Mexico. On August 8, 1875, Aguirre, along with Jesus Mes, Pas Mes, and Tomas Madril were ambushed and killed by the John Kinney Gang and Jesse Evans near the San Augustin Ranch.
Eugenio Alarid – A crooked lawman and outlaw, Alarid was a member of the Las Vegas, New Mexico police force and a member of Vicente Silva’s 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 New Mexico outlaw, he was finally captured and sentenced to 99 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 gallows at Fort Smith, Arkansas. He ended up walking free. Bill Allen – A Texas outlaw and robber, Allen occasionally rode with the Jesse Evans Gang.
“Bladder” Allen – An outlaw in Lincoln County, New Mexico, Allen was jailed for stabbing a man in White Oaks, New Mexico.
James Allen – An outlaw, Allen killed James Moorehead in Las Vegas, New Mexico, 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.
Malachi Allen (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 Fort Smith, Arkansas, where the arm was amputated shortly before he was hanged on April 19, 1889.
Charles Allison – A lawman turned outlaw, Allison was appointed deputy sheriff of Conjos County, Colorado, but soon organized a band of outlaws. Robbing stages between Colorado and New Mexico, 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) – Almer was the leader of the Red Jack Gang who preyed on Arizona stagecoaches during the early 1880s, particularly along the San Pedro River. When the gang held up a Globe, Arizona stage on August 10, 1883, the Wells Fargo guard insisted that they were not carrying any gold. However, a “female” passenger jumped from the stage, insisting the guard was a liar. Dressed in women’s clothing, it was Almer. When the guard went for his gun, Red Jack shot him dead and the gang took of with nearly $3,000 in bold and cash. In no time, posses were formed and Sheriff Bob Paul was intent on catching the gang. One by one he tracked down every member of the gang and found Almer hiding near Willcox, Arizona on October 4, 1883. in the ensuing gunfight, “Red Jack” was shot down by Sheriff Bob and his posse when he tried to battle his way out. Also See: Red Jack Gang Outlaw Loot
Wade Alsup – A Texas 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.
Martin Amador – A New Mexico 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.