The Ketchum Brothers

Sam Ketchum

Legend says Sam Ketchum (photo) was sent out by the family to try to talk younger brother Tom “Black Jack” Ketchum out of a career in crime.

Apparently, Tom was better at persuasion—he got Sam to help hold up a train near Folsom, NM in September 1897. The take: more than $3000 in cash and items stolen from passengers.

Sam later kicked Tom out of the gang—supposedly for being a bit crazy. The older Ketchum died, fatally wounded in a gunfight with a posse, after holding up another train near Folsom in July 1899.

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