Old West Outlaw List – P-Q

Joe Pizanthia – A road agent in Montana and thought to have been a member of Henry Plummer’s gang of Innocents. He was shot hanged by Montana Vigilantes.

Henry Plummer

Henry Plummer

Henry Plummer (1837-1864) – A Montana lawman, he was supposedly the outlaw leader of a gang called the Innocents and was lynched by vigilantes in 1864. However, historians now believe it was the vigilantes themselves who carried out the many crimes and Plummer was not guilty.

John Pointer (18??-1874) – A Seminole Indian, Pointer murdered a white man in the Chickasaw Nation. He was convicted of murder and hanged at Fort Smith, Arkansas on April 3, 1874.

Johnny Pointer (1873?-1894) – While traveling from Texas to Arkansas in December 1891, Pointer killed his traveling companions, William Bolding and Ed Vandever, by bludgeoning them with an ax. When he tried to dispose of the victims’ wagon and team, he was arrested by U.S. Deputy Marshals. He was hanged at Fort Smith, Arkansas on September 24, 1894.

Librado Polanco – Outlaw member Vicente Silva’s White Caps Gang in Las Vegas, New Mexico. He received a life sentence for robbery.

Frank Porter – A New Mexico outlaw, he was killed eighty miles west of Albuquerque, in April 1888 by a posse.

John Postoak – Shot and killed John Ingley in the Creek Nation of Indian Territory in 1877. He was hanged on December 20, 1878, at Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Andrew Jackson Potter – An outlaw turned Methodist preacher, he scouted and fought hostile Indians in New Mexico and Texas from 1847. He died in October 1895.

“Powder Bill” – A New Mexico outlaw and gunfighter, he was hired to kill A.J. Fountain to kill a man, but did not follow through.

Bill Power

Bill Power

William “Bill” Power, aka: William St. Power, Tom Evans (18??-1892) – Not much is known about Bill Power other than he drifted into Indian Territory with a trail herd from the Pecos. His name was actually William St. Power and in addition to using the name “Bill Power,” he also used the alias of Tom Evans. While working at the Bar X Bar Ranch, he became acquainted with Emmett Dalton and other cowboys who would soon become part of the infamous Dalton Gang. In the two years the Dalton Gang operated, the outlaws were involved in a number of train and bank robberies before they schemed to a double bank robbery in Coffeyville, Kansas on October 5, 1892. Spotted by locals, a shootout followed the attempted robbery which claimed the lives of power, along with Grat and Bob Dalton, and Dick Broadwell; as well as four Coffeyville residents. Emmett Dalton, though seriously wounded, was the only one to survive and wound up serving 14 years in prison. Power was buried, along with the Dalton brothers at the Coffeyville, Kansas Cemetery.

Elmer Price – An outlaw who was sent to prison, he refused two pardons on February 6, 1909, and again on April  27, 1912.

Nicholas Provencio – A member of Jesse Evans Gang during New Mexico’s Lincoln County War. Afterward, he disappeared.

Aaron Purdy – An Oklahoma outlaw, accused of whiskey running, robbing trains, and plans to kill a federal officer, he was pursued by Heck Thomas and a posse and was badly wounded.

Tom Purdy – Oklahoma outlaw and brother of Aaron, he was accused of whiskey running and  robbing trains

Ed Putman, aka: Ed Sibley – Wanted for killing two men over a sheep deal in Texas, he was killed in a shoot-out with Texas Rangers on December 1, 1906, at Del Rio.


Kep Queen – An outlaw in Texas and Oklahoma, he robbed a bank at Cisco, Texas in 1887. He was killed by Sheriff Bud Sanders and a posse.

Queho (1880-19??) – Though labeled Nevada’s “Public Enemy No.1” around the turn of the century, many historians believe he was used as a scapegoat.

Vic Queen – An outlaw who rode with Martin McRose in New Mexico.

Tom “Tex” Quinlan – An outlaw who escaped from the Las Vegas, New Mexico jail with J.J. Webb and Dave Rudabaugh on December 3, 1881.


By Kathy Weiser-Alexander, updated February 2020.


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1 thought on “Old West Outlaw List – P-Q”

  1. Trying to find out what happened to Charley Pitts body after he was shot to death. I am a descendant of his & tracing my family history.

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