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Dirty Dave Rudabaugh

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Comment by Dirtrider on January 7, 2011 at 10:48am

Damn straight again, R.

 

On Nov. 27, 1880, Dave, the Kid, and Billy Wilson killed Deputy James Carlyle at the ranch of Jim Greathouse and Fred Kuch, forty miles or so north of White Oaks. On Dec. 19, 1880, while Dave, Billy, Bowdre, Pickett, Wilson, and Tom O'Folliard were riding into Fort Sumner, Sheriff-elect Pat Garrett and his posse opened fire on them. In the melee, O'Folliard was killed as was Dave's horse. A few days later, on Dec. 23, 1880, Dave, Billy, Pickett, and Wilson were captured and Charlie Bowdre killed by Pat Garrett and his posse. They were taken back to Las Vegas, where a mob had gathered for the purpose of lynching Dave for the murder of Dep. Valdez. The Garrett posse stood off the mob though and Dave, the Kid, and Wilson were taken by train to Santa Fe. There, in February 1881, Dave was indicted on two charges of robbing the U. S. mail in connection to the stage robberies, and one charge of attempted mail robber in connection with the train robbery. He pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to ninety-nine years in prison. He was then tried in Santa Fe on the murder charge of Lino Valdez, was found guilty, and sentenced to death by hanging, with the date slated as May 20, 1881. He was reunited with Webb in jail and after one very unsuccessful escape attempt in which one fellow prisoner was killed, the pair eventually escaped with a few others. Dave and Webb split up once they were free, with Webb going to Arkansas and Dave going to Arizona. Dave may have gone to Tombstone and joined the Clanton Gang during the infamous Earp-Clanton feud. Dave possibly participated in the attempted assassination of Virgil Earp and the assassination of Morgan Earp. He was very probably in the gunfight at Iron Springs in which Wyatt Earp killed Curly Bill Brocius. Dave later traveled to Mexico and led a gang of rustlers there. He also worked on several ranches in Mexico, all the while stealing the cattle of his employers. When he was fired from a ranching job for stealing cattle in early 1886, Dave went to the town of Parral, Mexico. Dave took over the town basically and no one tried to stop him. By February 18, the town got tired of him. On that day, Dave was in the local cantina causing trouble. He started playing a card game with a few locals. Someone called someone else a cheater and everyone drew their guns. Dave shot one man through the head, killed him, shot another through the heart, killed him, and another in the arm, wounding him. Dave was unhurt. He left the cantina to get his horse, but couldn't find it, so he reentered the cantina. As he entered the dark room, he was shot several times by a group of outraged citizens hiding shadows. He fell dead, and the same citizens who just killed him decapitated him. His head was then placed on a pole and gladly paraded around town, with a few photos being taken of the memorable event. Afterwords, his body and head were either buried in a unmarked grave fit for a rabid dog, or left on a hillside for the vultures to consume.

Comment by Dave 'Bat" Chapman on January 9, 2011 at 10:10am
Hello Flying R,

Thank you for the picture of Dirty Dave...I have copied it but it is a low pixel image.
Do you have access to the original image?

Your friend,

Dave 'Bat' Masterson-Chapman
Comment by Dirtrider on January 9, 2011 at 10:48am

Ning has a limit on wordage here, so here are some references for you to look at.

  1. Dirty Dave Rudabaugh - The Only Man Billy the Kid Ever Feared - Dirty Dave Rudabaugh - An Outlaw Who Rode With Billy the Kid
  2. One of the Worst - One of the Worst. Decapitated head of Dirty Dave Rudabaugh. Dirty Dave Rudabaugh original family name was Rodenbaugh, although the name has been spelled about a dozen
  3. Dave Rudabaugh - Biography - The Biographicon - David Rudabaugh June 14 1854 February 18, 1886 , better known as Dirty Dave for his personal hygiene habits, was an outlaw and gunfighter in the American Old West.
  4. Dave Rudabaugh Summary BookRags.com - Dave Rudabaugh. Dave Rudabaugh summary with 4 pages of encyclopedia entries, research information, and more.
  5. Dave Rudabaugh - Dave Rudabaugh. David Rudabaugh 1854-c. 1890? , better known as 'Dirty Dave' for his personal hygene habits, was an outlaw and gunfighter in the old west.

outlawchronicles.blogspot.com/.../dirty-dave-rudabaugh

www.tagate.com/western/outlaws/dave_rudabaugh.shtml

www.reference.com/browse/Dave_Rudabaugh

 

Here's a couple of good books. 

 

The Lincoln County War, a Documentary History (Revised)


Billy the Kid: a short and violent life

Good choice, visiting Texas, it looks cold up your way, in Sioux Falls.  Stay warm, partner.

Comment by Dirtrider on January 9, 2011 at 11:08am

from 

http://www.angelfire.com/mi2/billythekid/dave.html

 

When he was fired from a ranching job for stealing cattle in early 1886, Dave went to the town of Parral, Mexico. Dave took over the town basically and no one tried to stop him. By February 18, the town got tired of him. On that day, Dave was in the local cantina causing trouble. He started playing a card game with a few locals. Someone called someone else a cheater and everyone drew their guns. Dave shot one man through the head, killed him, shot another through the heart, killed him, and another in the arm, wounding him. Dave was unhurt. He left the cantina to get his horse, but couldn't find it, so he reentered the cantina. As he entered the dark room, he was shot several times by a group of outraged citizens hiding shadows. He fell dead, and the same citizens who just killed him decapitated him. His head was then placed on a pole and gladly paraded around town, with a few photos being taken of the memorable event. Afterwords, his body and head were either buried in a unmarked grave fit for a rabid dog, or left on a hillside for the vultures to consume. However, some other sources say Dave escaped and died in Oregon in 1928, a destitute rancher.

Comment by Dave 'Bat" Chapman on January 9, 2011 at 12:25pm
Hello Dirtrider,

Thank you very much for your follow-up with links and websites for me to research.
The story of "Dirty Dave" is revealing as to his contact with B. Masterson and his connections to many others.

Your friend,

Dave 'Bat' Chapman

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