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Famous Outlaws

Bonnie Parker, half of ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ with Clyde Barrow, was one of America's most famous outlaws in the 1930s, robbing banks and small businesses. Their 21-month crime spree spanned Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Missouri, where they killed at least 13 people and escaped from the police before they were killed at a roadblock near Gibsland, Louisiana, on May 23, 1934.


May 23, 1934 Police kill famous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. Known as notorious…


Belle Star, Fort Smith, Arkansas, 1886 Belle Star, born as Myra Maybelle Shirley Reed Star, was the queen of the Oklahoma outlaws. She was known for running around with other famous outlaws, such as Jesse James and his gang. She was caught stealing horses and a few years later, was shot to death, in 1889 - - the crime still an unsolved mystery.

Before barbed wire was used to divide the free ranges of the Wild West, cattle rustling had thrived. Many famous outlaws of the time like Billy the Kid, the Clantons, Curly Bill, and Johnny Ringo all tried their hand at stealing cattle. It was obviously considered a serious offense and punished accordingly. More often than not, a cattle thief never had a chance to appear in court because a vigilante group would usually lynch the criminal on the spot. Those unlucky desperados hung as grim…

Jesse Woodson James was one of, if not the most famous outlaw in American History, and certainly in the old west. Bank and train robber, murderer,...


Jesse James was born in Missouri, and along with his brother, Frank, was a Confederate guerrilla fighter during the Civil War. After the war, the James boys joined the Younger brothers and formed the James-Younger Gang. Together, they robbed banks, stagecoaches, and trains.


Crawford Goldsby (February 8, 1876 – March 17, 1896) was a 19th-century American outlaw, known by the alias Cherokee Bill. Responsible for the murders of seven men (including his brother-in-law), he and his gang terrorized the Indian Territory for over two years. Goldsby was said to be "one of the roughest, toughest, meanest outlaws of the Old West"


Sundance  Kid: (Harry Alonzo Longabaugh)  famous outlaw and member of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch, in the American Old West. "Wanted dead or alive" posters were posted throughout the country, with as much as a 30,000 dollars reward for information leading to Butch and/or Sundance's capture or death. According  to  the October 24, 1904 Pinkerton Detective Agency records, Sundance and Etta Place returned to Fort Worth and then took in the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.


Doc Scurlock ... gunfighter, cowboy, outlaw, associate of Billy the Kid and a key participant in the Bloody Lincoln County War. In 1880 he gave away his guns, moved to Tascosa where he settled down with a new wife and growing family. Eventually moving to Eastland County in 1919, Scurlock opened a candy store where he quietly lived out his remaining years, afraid he was still wanted by the law in NM.