Which Wild Bunch? The name was given to several outlaw outfits.

Jim McKee
Jim McKee.

The McKee family of Utah has several claims to fame—partly because the press called them “the wild bunch,” a name usually given to Butch Cassidy’s outfit.  The McKees—brothers Tom, Jim, Ed, George, Joe, and Bill—killed dozens of sheep in July 1897. The case dragged on. Jim got into further trouble by assaulting the prosecuting attorney and stealing cattle.  Others in the family also got sideways with the law. No wonder that reporters referred to them as the “wild bunch” and suggested they might be associated with Butch.

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.

Related Posts

  • L.G. Davis was the sheriff of Carbon County, WY.  The Wild Bunch had been on…

  • butch-and-sundance-blog

    By the early 1900s, the law was closing in and Butch Cassidy was beginning to…

  • george-scarborough-blog

    George Scarborough was a tough and deadly lawman—until he ran into members of the Wild…