Category Archives: Outlawry

Barker Karpis Gang – 1934

Ma and Fred were shot to death after a four-hour gun battle. THE CRIME: Born on 10 August 1907 as Alvin Karpowicz in Montreal, Canada, Alvin Karpis became known as Creepy because of his smile. He began his criminal career aged ten, working with gamblers, bootleggers and pimps. In 1926 he was jailed for ten… Read More »

Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid – 1887

Butch Cassidy became disenchanted with robbery and began rustling again. THE CRIME: Butch Cassidy was born as Robert LeRoy Parker in Beaver, Utah, on 13 April 1866, one of ten children. He adopted the name Butch Cassidy aged 16 after meeting cowboy, Mike Cassidy, and becoming a cattle rustler. Butch took over Mike Cassidy’s small… Read More »

Belle Starr – 1883

“I am a friend to any brave and gallant outlaw” THE CRIME: The outlaw was born Myra Belle Shirley at Carthage, Missouri, USA on 5 February 1848. The daughter of a wealthy publican, she married Jim Reed, a horse thief, in 1868 and had two children. In April 1874 Jim Reed robbed a stagecoach, and… Read More »