The Deadliest Younger John put several notches on his pistol.

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John Younger.

John Younger was the youngest of the “fighting Youngers”—but he was the deadliest.  He killed his first man at age 15. In January 1871—still 19—he took out two more.

Reportedly, a drunken Younger had been harassing a disabled man in Dallas.  The next morning, two deputy sheriffs—James McMahan and Charles Nichols tried to arrest Younger.  He pulled a gun and killed both of them, then went on the run. When he got back to Missouri, the young man joined his brothers in The James-Younger Gang. John died in a shootout in 1874.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.