What happened to Abe Thompson, the Mohave County Outlaw and one-time partner of Fleming Parker? Some say he was hanged—if so when and where?

 

What happened to Abe Thompson, the Mohave County Outlaw and one-time partner of Fleming Parker? Some say he was hanged—if so when and where?

Parker Anderson
Prescott, Arizona

There are a couple of versions regarding the demise of Abe Thompson. A couple of years after he split with Fleming Parker (1897) Thompson tried single-handedly to rob the Santa Fe Peavine between Prescott and Ash Fork. One story has it he was pursued by a federal marshal who gunned him down rather than bring him back to stand trial. An unidentified newspaper supports this version in a story quoting the marshal as saying, “His horse wouldn’t let me load the body on him so I had to tie him to my horse. Then I rode his horse and led mine. I had to deliver the meat to get paid.” Another has it Thompson was captured and hanged, the only person in Arizona to be hanged for a train robbery.

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