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.