There are some interesting coincidences in the Old West. In 1894, Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Outlaw was tearing up an El Paso brothel. Constable John Selman showed up and shot Outlaw to death. The next year, Selman was gunned down by Deputy U.S. Marshal George Scarborough in an alley behind an El Paso saloon. Five years after that, in 1900, Scarborough got into a fight with members of the Wild Bunch outside Deming, New Mexico. Scarborough was shot in the leg and later expired. The coincidence? All three men—Outlaw, Selman and Scarborough–died on April 5.
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