For several years in the 1870s, Tiburcio Vasquez was one of California’s most successful and wanted bandits. He was held up as a “Robin Hood” figure, especially among the Hispanic population; but, his libido proved to be his downfall.
Reportedly, Vasquez seduced and impregnated his own niece, which turned his family against him. Later, he began an affair with the wife of a trusted gang lieutenant—who then became a law enforcement informant. Vasquez was arrested in what is now West Hollywood in May 1874. He was hanged the next March.