A Laughing Matter? Outlaw Rube Burrow had fun when he was captured.

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Rube Burrow.

Being captured didn’t faze train robber Rube Burrow.  On October 9, 1890 he was grabbed by two black men, Jesse Hildreth and Frank Marshall, when the bandit showed up at a cabin in Marengo County, AL.  Two white planters helped haul Burrow off to jail.

On the trip, Burrow regaled his four captors with jokes and funny stories.  He also—half-seriously—offered Hildreth $100 to let him go. Hildreth turned the bribe down, saying Burrow would probably kill him right after paying the money. Burrow died during an escape attempt two months later.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.