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“Red River” Tom Whealington – A New Mexico outlaw, Whealington was shot and killed with Dick Rogers while attempting to break a friend out of jail in Springer, New Mexico on March 13, 1885.

Ben Wheeler – See Ben Robertson

Grant Wheeler (18??-1895) – A train robber in Arizona, Wheeler was pursued by ex-Tombstone lawman and railroad detective, Billy Breakenridge into Colorado. Surrounded by a posse on April 25, 1895 in Mancos, Colorado and wounded, he committed suicide rather than be taken in.

Frank Wheeler – A member of Selman’s Scouts following the turmoil of the Lincoln County War in New Mexico. He was shot and killed by Sam Perry in Hillsboro, New Mexico Territory on July 16, 1879.

James WheelerNew Mexico outlaw Wheeler shot and killed Adolph Davidson in Chance City, New Mexico in April 1886.

V. S. Whitaker – A member of Selman’s Scouts following the turmoil of the Lincoln County War in New Mexico. He was killed by a posse led by Juan Patron near Fort Sumner, New Mexico Territory on October 10, 1878.

Ham White – A murderer and stage robber on the road between San Antonio and Austin, Texas.

Pete Whitehead – An Oklahoma murderer, Whitehead killed Jack Bullard and a deputy in Roger Mills County, Oklahoma.

Thomas Willis (18??-1890) – An outlaw operating in Indian Territory, Willis robbed and murdered W.P. Williams with the help of John Billee in the Kiamichi Mountains of Oklahoma. Wanted for robbery and murder, he was captured by U.S. Deputy Marshals, Will Ayers, James Wilkerson, and Perry DuVall and taken to Fort Smith, Arkansas where he was hanged on January 16, 1890.

Aaron Wilson (18??-1875) – Black outlaw Aaron Wilson killed James Harris with an axe and then shot and killed Harris’ 12 year old son. The motive was theft. He was hanged at Fort Smith, Arkansas on ctober 12, 1875.

George Wilson, aka: James Casherago (18??-1896) – On May 15, 1895, Wilson killed his traveling companion, Zachariah W. Thatch, with an axe. He was the last man hanged at Fort Smith, Arkansas on July 30, 1896.

Jim Wilson – A New Mexico outlaw, Wilson shot and killed Dane Williams in Central City, New Mexico on March 20, 1886.

Sinker Wilson (18??-1876) – Sinker Wilson murdered a sheep drover named Datus Cowan in 1867. He was arrested, convicted and sentenced that year, but escaped jail and remained at large for nine years until captured early in 1876. Has hanged at Fort Smith, Arkansas on September 8, 1876.

William Wilson – During the Lincoln County War of New Mexico, the Dolan/Murphy faction paid Wilson $500 to kill one of his opponents, one Robert Casey, promising him that the law would look the other way. Lawrence was wrong and Wilson was hanged twice on December 10, 1875.

William “Billy” Wilson – See David L. Anderson

William Henry Whitley, aka: Bill, Will (1864-1888) – The co-leader of a gang sometimes referred to as the Bill Whitley Gang, and at other times, the Brack Cornett Gang, Whitley was a bank and train robber in Texas during the late 1880’s.

Dick Woods – See Richard Barter

Nick Worthington – A New Mexico and Colorado outlaw, Worthington stole horses and killed several men before he was shot and killed by civilians in Cimarron, New Mexico in June 1878.

Nelson Ellsworth Wyatt, aka: Zip, Dick Yeager, Wild Charlie (1864?-1895) – An Oklahoma outlaw, Wyatt was a cattle rustler and post office robber, who also killed a deputy sheriff  in Kansas. Pursued by lawmen in Oklahoma, he was wounded at the time of his capture on August 4, 1895. He later died in the Enid, Oklahoma jail on September 7, 1895.

Wa-Har-Key Son – A Choctaw Indian,  he was wanted for the double murder of Mr. Marriot and his wife. He was arrested by Heck Thomas and sentenced to life in prison.

Archie Wolfe – An outlaw in the Cherokee Nation of Indian Territory, Wolfe was a friend of ned Christie. He was captured in Chicago, Illinois.

Jack WomankillerOutlaw in the Cherokee Nation of Indian Territory, Womankiller was convicted of killing a settler. He was hanged at Fort Smith on July 11, 1884.

 

By Kathy Weiser-Alexander, August, 2017.

 

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