Rustling Up Some Cash Wild Bunch member Matt Warner did well at cattle theft.

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Matt Warner.

Matt Warner—a friend of Butch Cassidy’s and occasional Wild Bunch rider—was looking for some action in the 1890s. So he joined up with “Cherokee” Bangs, a noted rustler. The two planned out a raid into Wyoming’s Wind River country, and the venture was a success: they rounded up about 2100 head of cattle and sold them for a pretty profit.

But they didn’t get far. Local lawmen caught the pair as they were dividing up the money. Bangs managed to get a gun disarmed the officers and he and Warner got away with the cash.

Mark Boardman is the features editor at True West and editor of The Tombstone Epitaph.

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