Legends of America - Ten Most Wanted Outlaws of the Old West

We all know what the movies and Western shows tell us about the old West, but what are the facts? Here, we’ll discuss what these truths are, and get a better idea of what life was like in the real West!
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Legends of America - Ten Most Wanted Outlaws of the Old West

Post by ruskin » Sun May 14, 2017 5:06 pm

cowgirl:18860 wrote:I just watched a special on the Ten Most Wanted Outlaws of the Old West.  I onyy got to see the last two which of course the #1 most wanted was James B. Miller ("Killin' Jim," "Killer Miller," "Deacon").

James "Jim" P. Miller, aka: "Deacon" Miller (1866-1909) - Miller, born in Arkansas in 1866, was seemingly one of those "bad seeds" almost from the beginning. When he was still very young, he was orphaned and sent to live with his grandparents in Coryell County, Texas. When Miller was 8, his grandparents were murdered, and the boy was arrested for the crime. However, he was not prosecuted because of his age and was then sent to live his sister. Never getting along with her husband, John Coop, he shot and killed him when he was 18. Prosecuted and convicted, he won the case on appeal and was acquitted. He soon hooked up with an outlaw gang in Saba County, Texas, robbing trains and stagecoaches, and often killing in the process.

Though his reputation wasn't stellar, Miller also served briefly as a deputy sheriff and a Texas Ranger. Though Miller wasn't known for being "fast" with a gun, he was known as a mean hombre and by the late 1880's he was working as a gun for hire. During this time he is thought committed eight murders in his new line of work, as well as being involved in another six killings in saloon disputes. In April, 1909, Miller, along with three other men by the names of Jesse West, Joe Allen, and Berry B. Burrell, were arrested for the killing of Oklahoma rancher Gus Bobbitt and taken to the Ada, Oklahoma jail. Though it was well-known in the area that Miller and the others had killed Bobbitt in a murder-for-hire scheme, the evidence was not solid. Aware of this, a lynch mob of more than 150 men stormed the jail on April 19th, over powered the deputies and dragged the four men outside. All four were hanged in a livery stable behind the jail.
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Post by ruskin » Sun May 14, 2017 5:06 pm

rooster davis:19786 wrote:Very interesting info. And while vigilantism can't be condoned, it was one way in the past when sometimes justice was done even if not by the book.
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Post by ruskin » Sun May 14, 2017 5:07 pm

Michelle P.:22582 wrote:Oh my Lord...His first murder at EIGHT???  I thought that was something that only occured today.  That is truly sad.  He needed guidance...
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Post by ruskin » Sun May 14, 2017 5:07 pm

Born2late:49154 wrote:Transcontinental train reached the territory of New Mexico in 1879, if only it had gone a little further.

I sure wish we could put some photos up here.  I have some great ones from the 1800's such as posters:  WANTED will be paid by the Sonora Stagecoach Co. $1000 in gold for the arrest and conviction of (Black Bart) 1887
WANTED: (Joaquin Murrieta)... bounty kept changing on him...I guess it depended on where he was.

Well, Fargo & Co's Express Box. $250 and 1/4 of money recovered for the arrest and conviction of (John J. Valentine) from a robbery in Copperopolis 1876.
Most of these people came from the east and quite a few met the fate with
The famous hangman's tree in Jackson Ca.

We had lots of bad guys around here.  The house I live in is approximately 150 years old.  I wonder, just wonder who lived here first, friend or foe.  I have found out many true stories of the booming Gold Rush Days right here with the people such as the McCain's if they had come to California.

But I guess things would have been a little too rough for Mark in those days.  He could find enough trouble some times right where he was.


MARK TWAIN 1864: about the time he was going through NORTH FORK
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cowgirl:54198 wrote:
Transcontinental train reached the territory of New Mexico in 1879, if only it had gone a little further.

I sure wish we could put some photos up here.  I have some great ones from the 1800's ...
Boy am I behind on this post. I must appoligize Born2late, some how I missed this post.

I would be glad to post these for you if you want.
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Post by ruskin » Sun May 14, 2017 5:08 pm

Greg Merrill:54201 wrote:Yes, Born2Late,  it is not hard to post photos on this site if you can get them on your own computer with a scanner, or digital camera.   Would love to see the posters you mentioned.
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