Old West Outlaw List – A

Henry Antrim – See William Bonney, aka: Billy the Kid

Apache Kid

Apache Kid

Apache Kid (1867-1894?) – Accused of a murder he didn’t commit, the Apache Kid 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 1870s.

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  (1877-1923) – 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)Cherokee Indians, 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 Fort Smith, Arkansas on June 26, 1885.

Thomas Archer (18??-1886) – The leader of the Archer Brothers Gang, who terrorized Indiana in the mid-1880s, he and three of his brothers were hanged when they were finally caught.

William Arnett (18??-1862) – Arnett showed up in Goldcreek, Montana on August 21, 1862, along with two other men named C.W. Spillman and B.F. Jermagin. The men had with them six excellent horses, but little or no supplies, which seemed a little odd to the locals. Four days later, on August 25th, two men from Elk City, Idaho, also arrived in Goldcreek saying that they had trailed the three men from the Idaho gold camps, where the horses had been stolen. Arnett was playing in a local saloon when he was confronted, but choosing to shoot it out, he was killed. According to legend, he clutched his cards so tightly in one hand, that he was buried with them.

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 teamster.

Jack Armstrong – An outlaw of Las Vegas, New Mexico who killed a bartender over the price of a drink.

Willis Arrington – A Texas outlaw, Arrington was charged with rustling cattle in 1881.

George Ashby – A horse thief that operated in Texas and Montana, Ashby killed a sheriff near the Powder River in Montana.

Joe Asque (18??-1877?) – When outlaw cattle rustler was captured near Hillsboro, New Mexico, he was lynched around 1877. However, the 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 New Mexico, West 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 and executed at Fort Smith, Arkansas on January 16, 1890.

James Averill

James Averill

James Averell or (Averill) (1851-1889) – An alleged 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 Vicente Silva’s White Caps Gang.

Jesus Avott(a) – Convicted of horse theft in October 1889, Avott was sentenced to a year in the Arizona Territorial Prison in Yuma. He and several others, including the Apache Kid, were to be transported by stagecoach from Globe to Casa Grande, before being put on a train to Yuma. However, the stagecoach wouldn’t make it. On the second day of the trip, November 2, 1889, all but two of the prisoners were set out to walk up a steep ascent. However, the prisoners who were walking overpowered their guard and the driver, killing them both, and wounding another. The Apache Kid and the others quickly fled, leaving Avott behind. The young horse thief then cut loose one of the team horses and rode to the Riverside stage station near present-day Kelvin, Arizona. Reporting what had happened, Avott was pardoned by Governor Lewis Wolfley and did no time in prison. Afterward, he disappeared into history.


By Kathy Weiser-Alexander, updated October 2019.

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