Soapy Smith’s Lawman Cap Light couldn’t say no to kin.

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Soapy Smith.

Cap Light became a lawman in Temple, TX in 1889 when he was 25.  And he quickly gained a reputation as a shootist, killing at least four men by 1891.  But that year, he took a different path.

His brother-in-law invited him to go to Denver and be part of his organization—the brother-in-law being con-man Soapy Smith.  Light followed Smith to Creede, CO, where he became a deputy marshall—enforcing laws and supporting Soapy. But Light got tired of that life and returned to Texas. He accidentally shot himself to death in 1893.

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