Jun 17, 1859 - May 7, 1895
Blue Duck was born in the
, with the name of
By the early 1870s, Duck was riding with gangs across the
and acts of
rustling. He became involved
Starr along that time. After she
Starr, she and her husband formed
their own gang, which Duck joined. He is believed to have ridden off and on
with that gang through most of the latter part of the 1870s.
On June 23, 1884, he and Outlaw William
Christie were riding in the Flint District of the Cherokee Nation, and the
two men came upon a farmer named Samuel Wyrick. For no apparent reason, the
two outlaws opened fire on the farmer, emptying their
him, killing him. They then reloaded and fired on a young Cherokee boy who'd
missing him but shooting his
beneath him. They were both captured by
, and taken before
, known as the "Hanging
Both were convicted, but Christie was later cleared of the charge and
released. Blue Duck was sentenced to
but later the sentence was reduced to
He was sent to Menard Penitentiary in
Inmate # 2486. Blue Duck was assisted in an unsuccessful
Belle Starr. In 1895, he was diagnosed with
given only a short time to live. At that time, he was granted a
released. He died shortly thereafter in
where he is buried.
Blue Duck, sometimes referred to as Bluford Duck was an outlaw of the Old West. He was probably best known for a photograph taken of him around the mid-1880s, in which he posed with Belle Starr, a famous Old West female outlaw.
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