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The Texas Hill Country’s 5 Most Notorious Outlaws

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His first train heist netted $60,000, but during their escape, much of the crew was captured. Bass and a fellow outlaw managed to make it back to North Texas, and an outlaw was born. After a handful of mediocre train robberies around Dallas, the Sam Bass Gang turned their gaze to the Hill Country.

Bass, like many other outlaws, would eventually fall due to the betrayal a member of his gang, Jim Murphy. Bass’s fate would be sealed in an infamous shoot-out in Round Rock, Texas. Having been tipped off by Murphy, Texas Rangers were waiting for the gang when they road into town. While preparing for the heist Bass and other members of his crew, were approached by Deputy Sheriff Grimes for carrying weapons in town.

Members of the gang opened fire, killing the sheriff, before escaping into the street where they became bogged down under heavy Ranger fire. Sam and a young outlaw named Frank Jackson managed to escape into an alley where they mounted their horses to flee. During the mêlée, Bass was hit and gravely injured. His young comrade, braving the onslaught, stayed with Bass, helping him mount his horse and escape capture, as he had become famous for many times before.

Bass’s wounds would prove to be fatal. He convinced Jackson to leave him for capture and save himself. It is rumored Jackson remained close to the scene, to keep an eye on Bass. Authorities quickly found the famous outlaw huddled at the base of a large tree. He later died from his wounds in police custody.
The famed thief had many outlaw friends and was respected by many area residents before his capture, causing Murphy to go into hiding for the rest of his life. Streets, businesses and songs would eventually honor the outlaw hero who had earned fame not only in Texas, but also across the world where he is memorialized at Madam Tussaud’s Waxworks in London, England.

2. Bonnie Parker (1910-1934) and Clyde Barrow (1909-1934)

The Texas Hill Country’s 5 Most Notorious Outlaws
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