Cullen Baker was a hardcase, a Confederate soldier who kept fighting after the Civil War ended. He and his gang pulled a number of robberies in Texas and Arkansas—but they were better known for violence, especially targeted at blacks and Union soldiers and Reconstruction supporters. Baker and his men may have murdered 30 people.
But his gang abandoned Baker, fearing his violence would get them killed. And Cullen’s many enemies finally got him.
The husband of Baker’s ex-wife ambushed him and a pal on January 6, 1869 (there were rumors they were poisoned first).