Article contributed by Abbott Fay
Charles Wilson, a punk nineteen year old, came to
One day in early December, 1883 the gang invaded a saloon in Hot Sulphur Springs and threatened the life of the barkeeper, then went to a general store and pistol-whipped a randomly chosen customer.
Threatened with arrest, Charlie challenged the local constable by tearing up the warrant. The hoodlums left town but chose to return on December 9th. They dismounted at the Justice of the Peace office and drew their pistols.
Suddenly, Charlie's revolver was shot out of his right hand and his buddies pulled back. When the kid from
A post-mortem investigation was held and everyone admitted hearing gunfire and seeing the body, but no one knew which of the "leading citizens" of the town had fired. The jury returned the verdict: "We find that said C.W. Wilson came to his own death by gunshot wounds at the hands of some person or persons to us unknown". His partners had left town and were never seen again in Hot Sulphur Springs.
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Source: Robert C. Black,