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.