DUSM Bill Carr
For those of you who have not joined the Wild West History Associaltion, here's an example of the treasures you're missing:
W. H. Bill Carr was one of the first deputies assigned to work Indian Territory from Kansas. When the railroad came through in 1886, he set up shop in Purcell, I. T. He was then commissioned by Ft. Smith and later by Paris, Texas. He was an effective deputy and would have won fame as a "guardsman" like Thomas, Tilghman, and Madsen save for his role in the Christian brothers escape (he allowed one of the brother's co-horts to slip Bob Chistian's white handled colt to Bob and was charged with assisting the brothers to escape.)
Some friends within the Marshal's service, not wanting Carr to be tried, attempted to spirit Carr out of the country. But this act was prevented and he was eventually indicted by a grand jury; then, while out on bond, skipped and was not "officially" heard from again. However, the yellow journalists of the day tried to link the fugitive with every event involving criminals of notoriety. For instance, in 1896, a Beaver County, Oklahoma Territory paper insisted that Carr was present when Bill Doolin offered to turn himself in if guaranteed a mere 2 year sentence. Six months later, the Guthrie Daily Leader reported that "while playing with an old revolver, the 5 year old son of Bill Carr, the noted outlaw, shot himself through the stomach, dying in a short time." According to the Tecumseh Republican, of June 1, 1900, the last report of Carr came from a fellow by the name of Dad Feagin saying he had changed his name to Bill Evans and had been hiding out in Southwest Texas with the Christian boys, but was at then located in the Creek Nation in the company of former Deputy Marshal and Lexington night watchman, George Elkins. After this unsubstantiated statement, Carr's later history was unknown.
In the very first issue of the WWHA journal, a story of a New Mexico train robbery trial which involved several Oklahoma Territory deputies, including Madsen and Luther Smith, made mention of Bill Carr being subpoenaed. The really interesting part is he was served--in Shawnee--in November, 1905.
In short, something heretofore not known happened to Carr. His case may have been heard after all and he was acquitted or the law enforcement community knew where he was all along and did nothing about it. But, gentlemen and ladies, the search for that answer is now on. And, if anyone with information was to discuss it, now is the time and this is the place.
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