Henry Starr

Henry Starr, horse thief, train robber, and killer, and the last in a long line of Starr family criminals. Twice sentenced by Judge Isaac Parker to hang for murder, he got off on technicalities and got up a gang that robbed banks, trains, stagecoaches, stores, and individuals in northwest Arkansas around the turn of the century. Imprisoned in 1915, he wrote his memoirs and also portrayed himself in a silent movie; was shot and killed while trying to rob a bank in Harrison in 1921.

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