He Died in Style


Marion Hedgepeth was a train robber and outlaw with style. “The Debonair Bandit” usually wore a suit, cravat, bowler hat and had neatly polished shoes.

That’s what he was wearing on New Year’s Eve 1910 when he entered a Chicago saloon. Hedgepeth—dying of tuberculosis and fresh out of a Nebraska prison—was robbing the place when a detective entered. He gave the outlaw a chance to surrender, but Hedgepeth opened fire instead. A gunfight ensued. The nattily attired bandit died firing his Colt, two bullets in his chest.

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