A Deadly Card Game

Ben K. Thorn True West Magazine
Ben K. Thorn

Long Haired Sam Brown led a gang in California’s Calaveras County in the 1850s.  He was dealing cards in 1855 when a Chilean miner grabbed someone else’s money.  Guns and knives were pulled; three Chileans ended up dead, and Brown and a pal hightailed it out.  Respected Sheriff Ben K. Thorn (photo) and a posse surrounded the cabin where the outlaws were entrenched—then the lawman put his gun down, walked toward the house and ordered the men to surrender.  Surprisingly, they did. Brown did two years at San Quentin for the killings.

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