A Sad End For Matt Warner

 Matt Warner True West Magazine
Matt Warner.

Matt Warner rode with Butch Cassidy and was one of the outlaw’s closest friend.  Warner—real name, Willard Christianson—pulled off a number of jobs before being caught and convicted for a couple of killings in 1896. When he got out in 1900, Warner went straight and actually worked in law enforcement.

But he had a sad end.  His first wife had accused him of beating her, and the charge made its way into a ghost-written memoir Last of the Bandit Riders.  Warner was upset, went on a drunken bender and died as a result.

 Matt Warner True West Magazine

Related Posts

  • matt-warner-blog

    There’s a story told about Butch Cassidy compatriot Matt Warner… Matt was tending bar in…

  • Matt_Braun_true-west-book-review

    Remarking that “These books light the way to deeper research on Western characters and events,”…

  • Everybody who loves movies has a wish list of pictures they’d like to own, that…