John Younger


John Younger is probably the least known of the bandit Younger brothers.  Born in 1851, he spent little time on the outlaw trail.  John supposedly killed a Union soldier in 1866—the man hit Younger in the face with a frozen fish. Authorities called it self-defense.

He went on the run with his brothers, reportedly killing two Texas lawmen in early 1871.  Two years later, he joined the James-Younger Gang.

In March 1874, John and brother Jim ran into three officers in Roscoe, Missouri.  One of them shot and killed John with a bullet to the neck.

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