An Early Celebration

A James-Younger Gang member paid a price for enjoying the loot.

The James-Younger Gang got about $30,000 from a train robbery in December 1874. It was one of their most successful operations—but not for their pal Bud McDaniel.

The five robbers (Jesse and Frank James, Cole and Bob Younger, and McDaniel) got away clean after the Muncie, Kansas stickup. McDaniel went to Kansas City to celebrate his newfound wealth and got drunk. Police arrested him and found loot from the robbery. He was jailed in Lawrence, Kansas—but escaped the next June 27. McDaniel was shot by a local farmer and died within a few hours.

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