From Teacher to Robber Eugene Bunch turned to crime to pay debts.

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Eugene Bunch.

Eugene Bunch was a school teacher and newspaperman in the post-Civil War South.  But reportedly, gambling debts forced him into a new trade—train robbery. Between 1888 and 1892, he held up six trains in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.  He was called “The Gentleman Bandit” for his courtesy and manners during the jobs.

But the Pinkertons were hired by the railroads.  They caught him and his gang in a Louisiana swamp in August 1892.  Eugene Bunch went down fighting.

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