Lawyer James Jarrott was an entrepreneur, using state laws to acquire rights to a large amount of land in the Llano Estacado in northwest Texas. In 1902, he led 24 families to settle the area. But that angered local ranchers, who’d been using that land for grazing. Jarrott refused to budge.
So the cattlemen hired infamous killer Jim Miller (picture). He pumped four slugs into the attorney on August 28, 1902, dry gulching him on a lonely road for $500. It didn’t scare off the settlers, who stayed on the land.